A public broadcasting debate

“The newly elected members of the 112th Congress are working from a conservative ideological playbook and talking a big game where budget-cutting is concerned. Inevitably they will be tempted by a proverbial piece of low-hanging fruit, the $420 million annual appropriation for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting….

“Threats from the un-silent armies who take their marching orders from Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Fox News make for good bulletin board material at fund-raising time. There is, however, another current of thought within public broadcasting, being kept strictly on the down low: Public broadcasters — and especially prosperous stations like Boston’s WGBH and WBUR — might be better off without the government’s money...”

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