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There is nothing stopping you if you feel like it from funding NPR and PBS yourself.
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Wihl wrote:

There is nothing stopping you if you feel like it from funding NPR and PBS yourself.


Oh wow, I never thought of it that way. Brb, I'm gonna go take the ~$1000 I saved up for school out of the bank. That's enough to fund two separate television networks, right?
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PBS on the air when I had to get up to change the channel and had 6 to choose from. Wrap your mind on that! Such a small amout to overall budget and love the 8 year project when he will last 4 maybe
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How can you have freedom of the press (media/arts) when the government is funding it?
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eldos1 wrote:

How can you have freedom of the press (media/arts) when the government is funding it?


Because the government funding 2 press outlets is not infringing on freedom of the press when there are literally hundreds of other outlets that are not government funded perhaps?
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MysticGon wrote: Overall if PBS/NPR cave it help balance the overall landscape.


I think you are looking for the wrong balance. Having 5 Hyper-liberal media outlets and 5 Hyper-conservative media outlets does not a balanced media make. NPR is pretty darn close to being centrist. That is the balance that we should be looking for. A tiny lean one way or the other is basically unavoidable, but killing of NPR with a tiny lean doesn't make the extremist media more balanced.


You are right, it doesn't mellow out the remaining new organizations but it balances out the overall ratio. They are more honest and upfront for better or worse. Public media has become an echo chamber for those in media. Occasionally shining some light on overlooked stories with things like Story Corps. But with social media giving voice to a greater number of more diverse people it is no longer exclusive to NPR and PBS. You don't need to pay $450 million a year to hear someone else's viewpoint. More and more they cover stories that are born from an online leak or trending hashtag. When you hear the promos they say they can provide you more in depth analysis of those things, but in reality it really is no different than you would get from CNN. Just a tad less sensationalist. It's a group of pundits talking to people who share their political beliefs. It's hardly a novel idea or different from the competition.
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lol i didn't even know they were federally funded
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MrDaniFilth wrote:

When you think of of that way, it's pennies to what they're spending on for their military shit.

Really not a big gain for the taxpayers.


I always suggest playing a game when I hear stuff like this. The game goes like this: Count to the number. Aloud. When you're done, tell me it's still not big at all. Otherwise, concede it's meaningful.
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no big deal
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karatecowboy wrote:


MrDaniFilth wrote:

When you think of of that way, it's pennies to what they're spending on for their military shit.

Really not a big gain for the taxpayers.


I always suggest playing a game when I hear stuff like this. The game goes like this: Count to the number. Aloud. When you're done, tell me it's still not big at all. Otherwise, concede it's meaningful.


Except he never said "It's not big at all", he was clearly saying that it's small when directly compared to the amount spent on something that isn't getting a budget cut and I'm pretty sure is actually getting a bigger budget. Those are pretty different things to say. Not that it matters seeing as the argument of the meaningfulness of a number being determined by how little else one person has to do than count up to whatever large number out loud holds no weight at all and is in no way indicative of how strong the number's impact will be.
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karatecowboy wrote:


MrDaniFilth wrote:

When you think of of that way, it's pennies to what they're spending on for their military shit.

Really not a big gain for the taxpayers.


I always suggest playing a game when I hear stuff like this. The game goes like this: Count to the number. Aloud. When you're done, tell me it's still not big at all. Otherwise, concede it's meaningful.


There are a lot of times when that just doesn't work...
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lol i didn't even know they were federally funded
Me neither. I found out when I was working with them as a partner distributor, I guess that's going to end soon.
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Tyrconnell wrote:

So, without the 18% (PBS) or less than 15% (NPR) funding from the government, they are doomed!

Here's a few things to ponder about these organizations, the following are reported levels of compensation from 2013 (IRS Form 990)
Harrison of CPB: $434,364
Knell of NPR : $756,575
Kerger of PBS: $779.954

Compensation for the top executives at the local top 74 NPR/PBS stations went from a low of $89,000 to a high of $790.115

Figures are from this chart:
http://current.org/2015/11/the-numbers-what-top-executives-are-making/



If Congress supports Trump's proposal, it would cause "the collapse of the public media system itself and the end of this essential national service," Corporation for Public Broadcasting CEO Patricia Harrison said in a statement Thursday morning.


Posted 3/16/17
oh-well there is plenty of other stations to watch..
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Hopefully now they can put money into a functional healthcare system...oh who am i kidding
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