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Time to end PBS | Terry Guanella  

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It is time to end the public broadcasting system! We no longer need it with the internet. We have a wealth of educational information and news.
The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 requires the CPB to operate with “strict adherence to objectivity and balance in all programs or series of programs of a controversial nature.” It also requires it to regularly review national programming for objectivity and balance, and to report on “its efforts to address concerns about objectivity and balance.”
Clearly PBS is not balanced or objective. Simply look at the recent questions and comments from PBS White House reporter Yamiche Alcindor:
Alcindor noted that the president called himself a nationalist on the campaign trail, saying, “Some people saw that as emboldening white nationalists.”
“My first question, you said you don’t take responsibility, but you did disband the White House pandemic office and the officials left this administration abruptly, what responsibility do you take to that and the officials who worked in this office; the White House lost valuable time because that office was disbanded?”
“There are some, at least one White House official who used the term ‘Kung Flu,’ referring to the fact that virus started in China. Is that acceptable? Is it wrong?”
She clearly has an anti-Trump bias!
Also on a recent trip I listened to National Public Radio where the hosts simply ridiculed conservatives.
Clearly these people have freedom of speech and can say what they want but I don’t have to pay for it. Not too long ago liberals complained of a conservative bias.
Public broadcasting stations are funded by a combination of private donations from listeners and viewers, foundations and corporations. Funding for public television comes in roughly equal parts from government (at all levels) and the private sector. It is time to end all government funding of the public broadcasting system. No one’s tax dollars should be spent to counter their freedom of speech!
 
Terry Guanella
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