President Trump proposed to cut funding for PBS and NPR, but the proposal faces long odds in Congress.
The 2019 Federal budget, the White house unveiled on Monday, proposes to cut all Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funnels money to NPR and PBS — a potential move that the CPB President to beat fast.
In a statement, the President and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Patricia Harrison excoriated the proposal, suggesting it could even lead to death.
“Americans place a high value on universal access to public media, educational and informative programming and services, said commercial and free of charge,” Harrison, in a statement Monday.
“There is not a useful substitute for the Federal funds to continue this valuable service would continue to provide, to give to the elimination of Federal funds to CPB on the first ravage, and then, ultimately, the public media destroy the ability of early childhood content, save lives, emergency alerts, and public affairs programs,” the statement.
But the idea has to win, to become the approval of a skeptical Congress to become a reality. Only in the last year, the White house has a similar proposal to defund made the CPB, although Congress ignored the effectively the request.
“The Budget proposes to eliminate Federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), over a period of two years,” the 2019 proposal from the member States.
The Republicans have long proposed that the PBS and NPR, which some politicians and commentators say, are oriented to the left, and partisan, you should not Federal.
But the trump-budget, but on the question of bias, claiming simply that the money is not necessary.
Statement from @CPBmedia on the White house budget: “The elimination of state funding to CPB would be the first to devastate, and then, ultimately, the public media, to destroy the opportunity, early childhood content, save lives, emergency alerts, and public affairs programs.” pic.twitter.com/6fYEzWoVj1
— Betsy Klein (@betsy_klein) February 12, 2018
“CPB funding covers about 15 percent of the total expenditure for public broadcasting, the Rest comes from non-Federal sources,” the propsal says, under a section with the heading “justification”.
“The private fundraising has proven to be durable, negating the need for a continuation of the Federal subsidies,” the proposal, adding that NPR and PBS make up the shortfall by a “revenue-raising from sponsors, foundations and members.”