I realize that this is a busy time with much on the agenda for the incoming congress. However, I must ask that the federal commitment to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting be revisited.
The CPB, founded in the 1960s with the
Johnson administration, was tasked to "ensure universal access to non-commercial, high quality content and telecommunications services."
In the age of the internet (itself increasingly subsidized for low income residents) and ubiquitous cable and satellite broadcasting, the CPB appears to be a vestigial bureaucracy of a by-gone era.
Its budget ($445M) is miniscule to those in DC but meaningful to those outside of it. The primary
beneficiary, NPR (both directly and through a Byzantine system of grants to local radio stations to launder the donations), is incapable of meeting its federally required mandate to provide "unbiased" and neutral reporting.
It is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party as demonstrated by the CEO on down. Moreover the listening demographic is not the poor.
Rather its the highly educated and generally wealthy. I am sickened by personally subsidizing either political party but doing so in the name of
"public broadcasting" is a lie and a farce at this point.
The public does deserve unbiased reporting. But NPR is incapable of doing it.
Please ensure that no money from the CPB, directly or indirectly, goes to NPR and let the
wealthy listeners of NPR determine if they still want to listen to it without my tax dollars.
Better yet, take this opportunity to kill off an
archaic bureaucracy as a demonstration of political sanity.
Thank you for your time and best of luck in the upcoming session.
I lifted this letter from another website I frequent and thought highly enough of it to put it here
To find out why the blog is pink just cut and paste this:
http://piccoloshash.blogspot.com/2009/12/my-feminine-side-blog-stays-pink.html NO ANIMALS WERE HARMED IN THE WRITING OF TODAY'S ESSAY