New bills proposed in Congress seek to completely eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which includes NPR, PBS, and local stations all across America. With commercial news outlets increasingly funded by corporate sponsors seeking to push their own political agendas, the death of public broadcasting could mean the death of unbiased news reporting in America.
The wide variety of educational and cultural programming provided by public television and radio stations are currently enjoyed by 170 million Americans. All programming is aired commercial free. In homes that can’t afford cable, PBS provides some of the only educational children’s programming, and does so without advertising marketed towards kids.
Returning from abroad, I was shocked at the biased and irrelevant ‘news’ reporting on American television. There could have been a huge political uprising or natural disaster somewhere in the world not even reported on the national news, yet a celebrity scandal would make an appearance. I was relieved that I could turn to PBS and NPR to find out what was really happening around the world.
With funding for the arts already brushed aside, is America really prepared to not only have uncultured but uneducated and uninformed citizens as well?