Merrie Spaeth CPB Commentary
Marrie Spaeth is a Communications Consultant based in Dallas. She was a former speech writer for Ronald Reagan. Merrie expresses a conservative viewpoint of the current federal funding struggle for public broadcasting.
Originally aired on KERA on Tuesday, June 21st during Morning Edition
WHAT DOES SOCIAL SECURITY REFORM HAVE TO DO WITH FUNDING PBS? THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IS TRYING TO CUT $100 MILLION FROM THE BUDGET FOR THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING. THE DEFENDERS OF PUBLIC RADIO AND TELEVISION ARE POINTING OUT THAT THE CUTS WOULD HURT PROGRAMS LIKE SESAME STREET AND ALMOST CERTAINLY ELIMINATE FUNDING FOR DIGITAL CONVERSION, WHICH IS A FEDERAL MANDATE FOR ALL STATIONS.
THERE’S ALWAYS BEEN A DEBATE OVER FUNDING FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING, WITH CONSERVATIVES ARGUING THAT WE SHOULDN’T SPEND PUBLIC MONEY AND LIBERALS ARGUING IT SHOULD BE FUNDED LIKE THE BBC, BY A TAX.
AS A FREE MARKET CONSERVATIVE, WHAT DO I THINK? WE ALL GRIPE ABOUT PLEDGE DRIVES, BUT THE RESULT IS A HEALTHY DIVERSIFIED FUNDING BASE AND SUPPORT – CORPORATE, PUBLIC, PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS, CORPORATIONS.
I WANT CONGRESS TO RESTORE AND INCREASE THE MONEY FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING – BUT FOR DI...
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