Trump/Ryan/Gianforte Budget Eliminates PBS, De-Funds NPR

“I feel that if we in public television can only make it clear that feelings are mentionable and manageable, we will have done a great service for mental health.” Mr. Rogers in 1969

Rogers passed away in 2003, but public media has continued to provide educational programming that remains trustworthy and popular. NPR ratings reached an all-time high last fall. A bipartisan polling team found earlier this year that 73 percent of all Americans ― including more than 60 percent of Republicans ― opposed eliminating federal funding for public television.

Nevertheless, on Thursday, President Donald Trump went even further than Nixon did in 1969. The president’s budget plan proposed pulling all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which supports NPR and PBS. The CPB receives about $485 million annually from the U.S. government, much less than $54 billion Trump hopes to add to the defense budget.

There would be significant consequences if such a decision went through, according to Patricia Harrison, the president and CEO of CPB.

“The elimination of federal funding to CPB would initially devastate and ultimately destroy public media’s role in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions ― all for Americans in both rural and urban communities,” she said Thursday.


7 Comments on "Trump/Ryan/Gianforte Budget Eliminates PBS, De-Funds NPR"

  1. Gianforte CANNOT hide from his fellow business’s cruel, foolish and IGNORANT budget, let’ Gianforte show how TINY his heart is compared to Rob Quist’s BIG heart (Gianforte criticizing Quist’s hat as so big, like big gov’t, big mistake rhetoric, tie him to Pelosi, etc.) as Rob’s HELPED more folks with his fundraisers who had no healthcare in small town Montana communities while Gianforte tells us we’re don’t deserve Social Security, Medicare because we can work forever like NOAH!

  2. follow up: Gianforte’s fellow Billionaire business man ‘idol’..

  3. Bonnie Eldredge | March 19, 2017 6:39 AM at 6:39 AM |

    Gianforte is a frightening person, like the rest of the renegade Republicans in Montana. His criticism of Quist shows how small minded he is. But that’s the Republican method: trash the opposition! They repeat negative over and over, and even they start to believe it! This technique shields them and doesn’t shed light on any programs they offer—like creationism. Mr. Gianforte is donating to buy himself an office in this state. Please NO!!

  4. Conservatives don’t like the CPB because it develops programs which tell the truth about past American history or ideas that run counter to conservative (read creationist) thought.

    It wasn’t that long ago that on “American Experience”, CPB showed the role that corporations and government played in harming the coal miners in West Virginia.

    Then CPB dared to develop a program which showed how people are all descended from individuals in Africa. The migrations started tens of thousand years ago. But the earth is only 6,000 years old !!!

    When one watches CPB shows, one becomes challenged about their beliefs.


    This provides context…US spends MORE on defense than next SEVEN modern nations, Russia AND China both, and then EU, etc!

  6. This budget is the logical result of GOP objectives. Their goal has been to “drown government in a bucket” and the rubes who will be hurt the worst when this government falls apart are the very ones who keep electing them. I’m so darn depressed and pissed I say give them the budget they ask for, register our objections but just let ‘er rip. 2018 will no doubt give us back a few seats but by 2020 the torches and pitchforks will be coming out. I’m afraid it’s going to take another total collapse before the dummies wise up again. I reckon that’s my white privelage speaking though-I have a low mortgage and drive a 20 year old Volvo so I’m used to getting by on nothing-and-a-half. A lot of working moms and dads aren’t as well off as I am and I feel for them but they did elect this Mob…

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