DeMint: Defund Corp for Public Broadcasting

Friday, 04 Mar 2011 02:27 PM

By Dan Weil

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Many Republicans aren’t too happy about all the government money that goes to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), and Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is one of them. He’s doing something about it, introducing a bill Friday to cut off the federal subsidies. And DeMint wrote an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal explaining his views.

demint, corporation, public, broadcasting"As Congress considers ways to close the $1.6 trillion deficit, cutting funding for the CPB has even been proposed by President Obama's bipartisan deficit reduction commission," he notes. "Instead, Mr. Obama wants to increase CPB's funding to $451 million in his latest budget."

Many pundits have complained about CPB’s liberal bias. "The best way to stop the 'partisan meddling' in public broadcasting … is by ending the taxpayers' obligation to pay for it," DeMint writes. "The politics will be out of public broadcasting as soon as the government gets out of the business of paying for it."




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