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Brent Bozell: Granting PBS, NPR Coronavirus Funding Is 'Legalized Plunder'

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Brent Bozell, Founder and President of the Media Research Center, speaks during the "Climate Hustle" panel discussion at the Rayburn House Office Building on April 14, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 02 April 2020 08:05 PM

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Thursday criticized the Trump administration for granting PBS and NPR money as part of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill.

The stimulus bill passed by the Senate last week includes $75 million earmarked for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.”

The money is directed to small and rural stations so as to “maintain programming and services and preserve small and rural stations threatened by declines in non-Federal revenue.”

Bozell said the money should have been allocated for coronavirus test kits, hospital beds, masks, gloves and bottles of hand sanitizers.

“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,” Bozell wrote. “As with any other private entity in a free society, the CPB should have to compete in the free market to convince consumers that its programming is worth their financial support. Anything else is legalized plunder.”

“No amount of classical music, Ken Burns documentaries, or ‘Morning Editions’ is worth one saved human life,” Bozell added. “Ideally, CPB’s board would do the patriotic thing and voluntarily return this money. But as that is unlikely to happen, the next best thing would be to oppose such gratuitous grants when they are proposed in the future. You can count on our support and the millions of Americans who support the principles of the free market.”

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Media Research Center President Brent Bozell on Thursday criticized the Trump administration for granting PBS and NPR money as part of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill.The stimulus bill passed by the Senate last week includes $75 million earmarked for the...
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