Remind Me Again–Why Are We Subsidizing ‘Public’ Broadcasting (PBS)?

Written by Teri O'Brien on January 23, 2014

We have a lot of serious problems in our country today. Our health care system is being destroyed by a cult of radical ideologues. I wish I could say that our economy continues to stagnate, but we need a 12-foot ladder to get from where we are to stagnation. It’s a lot worse than Barack Obama and his mouthpieces, who, like all leftists, always promise that paradise is just over the next hill if we just keep trudging, are trying to tell us. From the Washington Examiner:

In a memo to clients provided to Secrets, David John Marotta calculates the actual unemployment rate of those not working at a sky-high 37.2 percent, not the 6.7 percent advertised by the Fed, and the Misery Index at over 14, not the 8 claimed by the government.

Marotta, who recently advised those worried about an imploding economy to get a gun, said that the government isn’t being honest in how it calculates those out of the workforce or inflation, the two numbers used to get the Misery Index figure.

“The unemployment rate only describes people who are currently working or looking for work,” he said. That leaves out a ton more.

Unemployment in its truest definition, meaning the portion of people who do not have any job, is 37.2 percent. [emphasis mine]This number obviously includes some people who are not or never plan to seek employment. But it does describe how many people are not able to, do not want to or cannot find a way to work. Policies that remove the barriers to employment, thus decreasing this number, are obviously beneficial,” he and colleague Megan Russell in their new investors note from their offices in Charlottesville, Va.

I won’t even mention the resurgence of al Qaeda. I don’t want to be a total bring down here, and make you stop reading. So let’s talk about Big Bird.

Whenever anyone suggests that perhaps at a time when we have a $17 trillion debt, we may want to consider reducing, or even—I hope you’re sitting down—eliminating the $440 million we spend on PBS, the Left screams about Big Bird. Remember how they used the lovable character as a bludgeon to beat Mitt Romney nearly senseless in the 2012 campaign? Of course, I’m sure you can understand why people were up in arms at the former Massachusetts governor. PBS is for the children!! It was created to provide educational television!! If not PBS, where will our children learn their alphabets and numbers? Point taken.

Wait—what about on an iPad? On any of the hundreds of hours of educational programming on cable channels, commercial over the air channels, Netflix, iTunes, or any of a myriad of other choices? And you say that “Sesame Street” gets most of its funding from corporate sponsorships and merchandise licensing? Not that anyone watching MS-NBC on Martin Luther King Day would realize it, but it’s not 1963 anymore. OK, but where will liberals like Ken Burns sell their documentaries? You got an answer for that, Smart Guy? Didn’t think so.

It’s also not like we don’t have enough liberal agitprop masquerading as “news.” Just flip on ABC’s “Good Moron America,” and watch the same tired template: bad weather story, dramatic rescue caught on tape, cute animal, celebrity story, which is actually a disguised network promo featuring someone starring in an upcoming ABC offering. This malignant waste of bandwidth lulls people in to the false belief that they are actually well-informed, when in fact watching this tripe on a daily basis will keep a person absolutely blissfully ignorant about any actual substantive information, unless, of course, you count learning the exciting news about Robin Robert’s sexual orientation, while her empty-headed coworkers grin gleefully like mental patients. 

Liberals hold up Big Bird like a cross before a vampire, hoping to cow us into not mentioning programs like this upcoming PBS offering. I know that you’re going to want to set your DVR! From Deadline Hollywood: “PBS is partnering with AOL for six new one-hour documentaries as part of its Makers: Women Who Make America franchise. Scheduled to premiere in June and August 2014, the docus build on the multi-platform initiative founded by filmmaker Dyllan McGee, which launched in 2012.”

Nearly all of this McGee person’s previous credits are PBS documentaries, including one entitled “Oprah’s Roots.” Can you see where this is going?

Among the featured subjects in the film about “Women & Hollywood” are Sarah “Night of a Thousand Vaginas” Silverman and Lena “My First Time” Dunham. The “Women & Politics” movie stars:

Hillary Clinton, Senator Barbara Mikulski, Olympia Snowe, the youngest Republican woman ever elected to the House of Representatives, and Shirley Chisholm, the first African-American woman to serve in Congress, provide a backdrop for younger women like Rashida Tlaib, the first Muslim-American woman elected to the Michigan House, and Raquel Castaneda-Lopez, who chronicles her run for Detroit City Council. Today’s leaders in Washington, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the first female Senator from Massachusetts, Susan Collins (R-ME), who led the Senate in shaping a deal to end the government shutdown, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI),currently the youngest woman serving in Congress. MMM … what do they all have in common…?

Apparently, Texas senator Wendy Davis (D-It’s Complicated) wasn’t included, which means she doesn’t have to make up any more tall tales for her bio. That could take away from the search for another rich husband to pay for her next campaign.

If these are “Women Who Make America,” we are in even more trouble than I thought.

Proponents of continued funding for PBS like to claim that it’s “educational,” which is I think the adjective that the Program Director of Korean Central Television likes to use when describing his fine network.

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