Trump budget aims to make PBS' 50th year its last

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  • Midwest Mom Soldiers Grove, WI
    March 21, 2017 6:53 p.m.

    "I love the poorly educated." (Donald Trump quote)

  • coltakashi Richland, WA
    March 21, 2017 2:57 p.m.

    PBS and NPR were created because in nations like Japan and Britain, there are government-owned national channels (NHK and BBC) that provided news coverage, entertainment and cultural programming with a mission of promoting a common national culture, and American government leaders did not want to be left out of having their own national communications system. But soon enough the news and programming divisions within these organizations declared that they would be "independent" of the political views of the Federal government, meaning left wing.

    Whatever the rationale for PBS and NPR 50 years ago, when there were only three national commercial networks, in 2017 there are hundreds of sources of video news and entertainment seen via television, and many more available on demand through the internet. PBS carries commercials. All of the other channels for TV and radio are self-sustaining financially. There are great programs about world affairs, history, and science from Discovery Science, National Geographic, and others. Television drama has never been better. The Federal government does not subsidize those channels, and there is no need to subsidize PBS and NPR.

  • Paul in MD Montgomery Village, MD
    March 21, 2017 9:46 a.m.

    Something I haven't seen in the reporting or comments yet, but PBS only receives 7% of its funding from taxpayer dollars. NPR only gets 1% of its funding from taxpayer dollars.

    They will survive, and if enough people feel strongly enough to dig into their own wallets to donate to these organizations, they won't have to cut anything from their own budgets.

    Just a thought.

  • Prometheus Platypus Orem, UT
    March 20, 2017 9:18 a.m.

    Yet another push by conservatives to dumb down America.

    Comparing Rush, Sean or any other drop out conservative entertainer to PBS shows it has already worked on a many, and the quest to create more "poorly educated" continues on the right.

    We spent $720 Million Each Day on a war for profit in Iraq, but if we spend 450 million on Corporation for Public Broadcasting it's not worth it.
    So to put it in perspective, we aren't willing to spend half a days cost of war for a Full Year of quality public broadcasting, seems so republican, in their hatred for anything not turning a profit.

    Sad, pathetic people.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    March 20, 2017 8:29 a.m.

    I didn't know Tommy and the gang with this old house were east coast liberals who push there agenda on us.

  • stand up for truth Lehi, UT
    March 19, 2017 9:44 p.m.

    Interesting responses by subscribers. I am fully enmeshed in the arts as is my family. This is a concern to me. But the money has NOT gone where it should go. I did not vote for Trump but he has it right to cut this funding. I

    PBS and the likes of NPR are certainly geared to promote a liberal agenda. To suggest as one subscriber herein says... that PBS and NPR are "unbiased", "centrist" and "honest reporting" just shows how brainwashed that people become when spoon fed a liberal leftist agenda by these programs over the years. There seems to be no discernment if they honestly feel this way.

    I think the time has come to let the liberals pay for liberal programming, conservatives pay for conservative program and not tax the rest of us to provide doses of what they want us (and themselves) to hear.

    Yes, there IS an elephant in the room. Let's be honest. And it has to go.

  • worf McAllen, TX
    March 19, 2017 5:50 p.m.

    This should finance alot of meals on wheels, and help the poor.

  • Backtobasics Provo, UT
    March 19, 2017 5:26 p.m.

    I hope Big Bird, when North Korea fires a nuke, can reach up and catch it and throw it back.

    When does the "ordinary folk" get to sit in the concert halls in New York, London, etc. along with he "suits" and "designer dresses" that usually attend these programs we see on PBS ? The point being that it is usually the well-healed that gets to these expensive events subsidized by tax payers. Let's see how popular these programs are among the well-healed when they are asked to bare the real brunt of the cost at the theatre, museum or wherever.

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    March 19, 2017 2:39 p.m.

    @ Gary O

    I'm not surprised that you find PBS and NPR to be the unbiased truth. And I'm not going to try to talk you out of that. But recognize that many do not agree with that assessment (even Jeffrey Dvorkin of NPR has stated that they have a liberal bias).

    Even if NPR and PBS were the absolute model of fairness and unbiased truth, it simply is not fair to compel people who have differing views to financially support an ideology they disagree with.

    Nobody wants to silences them. Nobody is going to take them away from you. We just don't believe in state sponsored news and entertainment. PBS and NPR should rely on their own merits, not taxpayers' wallets.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    March 19, 2017 12:38 p.m.

    Say No,

    I agree with you wholeheartedly, so I assume you hold the republicans responsible for the lack of budget reduction for the last four years since the controlled both houses? If we look at the number of years of republican control of both houses 10 of the last 16 years, control was divided for for 4 years and the democrats had control for two years. I guess most of the responsiblity for the debt is on the republicans

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 19, 2017 11:06 a.m.

    Sesame Street was developed for pre-school children.
    To help them have the basics BEFORE entering K-12.

    It has prove vital for 50 years.

    Not to mention NOVA, NATURE, and all the other Scientific documentaries PBS broadcasts.

    This Trump developed proves once and for all,
    that Republicans really and truly are ANTI-education.

    While stupid shows like "The Apprentice", "The Voice", "America's Got Talent" and "Fox News"
    are all Trump and his ilk are interested in.

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    March 19, 2017 8:33 a.m.

    The legitimate media. Not in the US. Not the NY Times, Huff Post, ABC, CNN, NBC, CBS, Wa Post. The Main Stream Media is no longer reliable.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 19, 2017 8:05 a.m.

    Hey Harrison Bergeron -

    "Government funded news and entertainment that supports a specific ideology is characteristic of autocratic regimes." . . . But it's not characteristic of either NPR or PBS.

    You think that PBS and NPR contribute to "a specific ideology "because they work to promote the general welfare by making facts available to everyone?

    They are not "contributing to a specific ideology." They are performing a public service.

    It's not their fault that so many of the preferred "Conservative" assumptions run completely contrary to reality.

    Face the facts. Accept the facts. Don't try to suppress them.

    Suppressing facts is characteristic of autocratic regimes.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 19, 2017 7:53 a.m.

    Hold on, my liberal friends. The budget is a Congress thing. Presidents always submit their wish list. Who better than the Executive branch to tell Congress what it costs to enforce their laws.

    Congress is the problem, failing to do THEIR job year after year, ignoring their constitutional mandate and managing with continuing resolutions.

    And here we are $20 Trillion in the red. If government were to save $1 BILLION A DAY for 50 years they could fix that problem.

    So, don't blame Trump here; blame the theatrics of "shutting down government" for this whole mess. Look in the mirror, libs.

  • 1hemlock Tooele, Utah
    March 19, 2017 6:05 a.m.

    I hope the funding gets cut for at least NPR.
    I have a long list of complaints, but, some "top of the list things are":
    1- Most of the news/talk programs are very liberal and I can't name a conservative program on there right now.
    2- Then there was the "story core " incident (Friday's at 6:25am, KUER) where for two years 25% of the stories were about LGBT relations; hardly a reflection of my values and hardly balanced and reflective of society. I complained and stopped listening for awhile.
    3- To this day, when I do listen to a program about politics, they refer to the President as Trump, NOT Mr. Trump or President Trump. Any President deserves better respect from the news anchors and reporters. Not that I support him but show some respect.
    4- Their reporting on most incidents are from their liberal point of view, not reporting the facts, not honest at all.
    Just to list a few things but enough for me.
    Listen to BBC instead

  • Harrison Bergeron Holladay , UT
    March 18, 2017 9:24 p.m.

    The problem with PBS and NPR is not the amount of taxpayers' money they get, but that they have become liberal propaganda outlets. Taxpayers should not have to fund PBS and NPR anymore than they should have to fund Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

    Government funded news and entertainment that supports a specific ideology is characteristic of autocratic regimes. In America, while everyone has First Amendment protection, none should be elevated above the rest using the tax revenues of all.

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    March 18, 2017 8:12 p.m.

    Let's be honest.... Actual tax dollars that fund PBS have already been cut dramatically over the years yet it never disappeared

    Second... I've got about 150 channels on my TV... We got your Netflix ... We got your Hulu... We got your YouTube... Do we need a government subsidized TV network... Of course not... But all these arguments tell us one thing ... Nobody and I mean nobody in DC cares about the deficit

  • UT Centrist Centerville, UT
    March 18, 2017 4:36 p.m.

    It has little to do with money... he detests honest reporting. Demolishing PBS eliminates many unbiased, centrist news sources - which means fewer stories he has to ignore and/or deny. Tragically ironic that he brands real news "fake" while subscribing to total falsehoods calling them "real."

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 18, 2017 3:37 p.m.

    Hey at long last -

    "Maybe it is time for the Democrat party to directly support one of its' PR wings?"

    It's interesting you should say that. And you're right.

    Those who speak the TRUTH are good for Democrats, and terrible for Republicans whose beliefs are rarely supported by fact.

    Great point!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 18, 2017 3:11 p.m.

    Trump is scrooging every nickel he can out of American institutions. The arts, the sciences, the environment. Is he giving it to health care or services for people? No, those are cut, too. It's all going to the biggest line item at the trough already, the military. Our budgetary allocation pie chart is looking more and more like that of North Korea.
    And those institutions, PBS, the arts and sciences? Trump knows a poorly educated electorate is easier to control. He loves the poorly educated. He knows he can tapp (sic) into their psyche and make them fear anything. Even their microwave ovens.
    But he loves the rally. He knows he's not taking it from us. We're giving it up.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 18, 2017 3:05 p.m.

    Trump hates the legitimate media. And so do his Trumplings.

    The legitimate media is staffed mostly by honest folks with integrity.

    They just aren't Trump's kind of people.

  • 10CC Bountiful, UT
    March 18, 2017 1:01 p.m.

    I always thought Sesame Street was kind of hokie... but I learned by numbers and letters.

    Sponge Bob is a much better source of educational material for today's youngsters.

  • PamFlinders Sandy, UT
    March 18, 2017 11:18 a.m.

    Cutting these programs are just to prove your chops that you are a true fiscal conservative, but really it is like cutting your toenails and claiming that you've lost weight.

    Couple this with the expensive and controversial wall and I think his true feelings about spending becomes apparent.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    March 18, 2017 10:53 a.m.

    Of course Trump wants to cut PBS, he does not appreciate honesty.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    March 18, 2017 9:34 a.m.

    Maybe it is time for the Democrat party to directly support one of its' PR wings?