Brent Bozell slams $75M spent on public broadcasting in coronavirus bill

One veteran media watchdog is not happy that the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — CPB — received a tidy $75 million grant from the federal government as a part of the recent CARES Act, designated for coronavirus relief around the nation. “We believe this was misguided. Just as Amazon, Microsoft, Ford Motor Corporation, and Starbucks have given so generously to help in the fight against COVID-19, so should the CPB give,” wrote Brent Bozell, founder of the Media Research Center, in an open letter to President Trump. “The CARES Act is already law and the money the government issued to the CPB is unlikely to be returned. Regardless, it is worth noting what this money could have been spent on instead,” he said — noting that the grant could have instead purchased the following medical items: 300,000 Covid-19 test kits or 21,428 hospital beds — even 357,483,318 pairs of medical safety gloves or 12.5 million bottle of hand sanitizer “At this point in our country’s history, all of these things are infinitely better uses of taxpayer money than giving it to left-wing outlets like NPR and PBS, both of which attack you and your administration continuously,” Mr. Bozell said, adding that the organization behind public broadcast already has an annual budget of $445 million. “The CPB produces programs promoting values which many Americans just don’t agree with. The federal government, by funding CPB, is forcing Americans to support values they oppose,” he noted. “No amount of classical music, Ken Burns documentaries, or ‘Morning Editions’ is worth one saved human life,” Mr. Bozells said

Agreed!  Unfortunately, this is the kind of liberal agenda nonsense that we can expect will be packed into ANY so-called “stimulus” piece of legislation coming out of a Democrat-controlled House.  The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which is essentially PBS and NPR, receives millions and millions of dollars from we-the-taxpayers.  It needs to stop.  PBS/NPR should get its funding like every other channel or network does; advertising, fund-raising, etc.  That all aside, this shouldn’t even be IN any of these so-called “stiumulus” bills intended to address the public health crisis we’re all in.  And, to include $75 MILLION dollars (which, again comes from hurting American taxpayers in need of financial help; NOT a bill!) for CPB is incredibly offensive.  Shame on Speaker Pelosi and the other Dems in the House pushing this political “porn,” as Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) calls it.  Awful..

Colorado Congressman Introduces Bill to Defund NPR and Corp. for Public Broadcasting

Representative Doug Lamborn, R, CO, has introduced a pair of bills to eliminate the federal tax dollars that fund the budgets of National Public Radio (NPR) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Upon the filing of H.R. 726 and H.R. 727, Lamborn said congressional Republicans need to prove they take fiscal responsibility seriously. “American taxpayers do not want their hard-earned dollars funding superfluous government programs just because that is the way things have always been done,” Lamborn wrote on his congressional webpage. The Coloradan introduced the bills to “permanently defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. CPB received $445 million during Fiscal Year 2016, and this money could be put to better use rebuilding our military and enhancing our national security.” Lamborn insisted that with a $20 trillion national debt, cuts must be made; since these broadcasting services have been able to pick up funding from private sources in the past, cutting the tax dollars flowing into their coffers now is a good start at reducing government spending. Rep. Lamborn, though, took pains to say that this proposal isn’t about the content aired by either of these broadcasting services. “This is not about content, as CBP certainly airs some quality programs,” he wrote, “the point is that it is perfectly capable of standing on its own two feet and not on the financial shoulders of the American taxpayers. ” Lamborn noted that the savings to the taxpayer could reach upwards to $500 million annually. NPR features a webpage that breaks down its expenditures, but a recent assessment found that NPR receives about about 40 percent of its $166 million budget from the federal government, or about $66 million from taxpayers annually.

Yes!!  Here at The Daily Buzz we’ve been calling for the defunding of CBP from day one!  FINALLY someone in Congress has the courage to actually take on that sacred cow that’s waste, fraud, and abuse of our hard-earned tax dollars.  It should have to compete in the market place like every other media both on tv and on the radio.  If people like it, it’ll get corporate sponsorship like every other channel.  If the people don’t like it, it’ll go away.  That’s how this country works, and it’s an affront that it is underwritten by big government through our tax dollars.  Kudos to Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-CO) for initiating this effort!  Excellent!!     🙂