A long-running soap opera in Washington is the campaign to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and all other government funding of the arts.
Yet somehow, no matter how clear it appears like it’s going to happen, somehow it doesn’t get done. There’s always some Republican pol, or half-a-dozen, that go back on their word – charmed by Jane Alexander as Zach Wamp was back in the 1990s, or recently, Rep. Tom Cole who doesn’t see anything wrong with CPB.
He said, “If you look over a 50-year [CPB] history it is a pretty impressive record of enriching the content of public dialog, opening doors to communities that don’t often have these kind of opportunities and living within what is by any measure at the federal level a comparatively modest budget, which you manage to leverage and multiply many times over.”
He must be seeing and hearing a different PBS and NPR. Maybe he sees the goateed CPB in an alternate universe.
America’s Public Television Stations President Patrick Butler said, “We know how challenging the fiscal situation is for appropriators and the Congress in general, and we are grateful for this important vote of confidence in our work in education, public safety and civic leadership in hundreds of American communities.”
He added, “We’re especially honored that Chairman Rep. Tom Cole identified the Corporation for Public Broadcasting among the ‘popular programs’ for which funding is preserved.”
Yes, popular with one segment but not all Americans.
The question that needs to be asked is, has CPB (PBS, NPR) ever done any programming favorable to conservatives or Republicans? The last episode of “Firing Line” was 1999. Despite the popularity of the program, PBS has never revisited programming where conservatives aren’t treated as ogres or buffoons.
Admittedly, not all of CPB-funded programming is anti-conservative/Republican, but when it delves into culture or politics you can set your clock by how it’s going to go – standard issue liberalism: America bad, racist, sexist, colonialist, bigoted, oppressive, etc.; international socialism good, capitalism bad; foreigners good, Americans ugly and imperialist…
Why? Because the people who make the programming are liberals. The people appearing on the programs are liberal. The people who decide what gets made are liberals. The people buying the programming and doling out the money are liberals.
Conservatives don’t get hired nor does anything they pitch or produce get on the air.
And CPB is clever at getting away with it.
One example is CPB President Patricia Harrison. Though it probably wasn’t hard, she’s been thoroughly co-opted into defending CPB and enlisting other Washington Republicans into her cabal.
Hey, fun fact, Rep. Tom Cole used to work for her! What a co-inky-dink!
Harrison is a typical Washington “Republican.” She may have co-chair of the Republican National Committee but she’s always been more comfortable with Democrats than Republicans from out of town. She likes the Georgetown cocktail circuit and wants to continue getting invitations to them. She is a member of the GOPe, having spent most of her adult life in the Washington/Boston corridor hobnobbing with political and big corporate interests.
No “conservative” Republican could sit on top of that trash pile and not smell the stench or do something about it.
Now, Cole, given the choice, has chosen to side with the Washington establishment rather than Oklahoma or U.S. taxpayers.