Grand Old Potemkin Pillage

You can set your election-year calendar by this House Republican budget kabuki (via the Boston Globe):

Republican bill aims ax at NPR, public TV

WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled legislation Tuesday to get rid of AmeriCorps, the national service program championed by the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and cut off federal funding for National Public Radio, public television, and Planned Parenthood.

The moves would come in a controversial spending bill that pays for labor, health, and education programs for the budget year beginning Oct. 1.

The measure is dead on arrival with Democrats but contains many provisions to please Tea Party conservatives.

For a more extensive history of this shadowplay, see here.

That’s not to say that PBS and NPR shouldn’t be worried about their financial future. It’s just to say voters should be dismissive of the Republicans’ Grand Old Pantomime.

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4 Responses to Grand Old Potemkin Pillage

  1. Curmudgeon says:

    PBS does a lot of out-sourcing.
    How come most or the series produced by WGBH’s largess are written, filmed and edited in the United Kingdom?
    For shame, PBS, for shame!

  2. Laurence Glavin says:

    “Frontline” and the “PBS News Hour” are mostly a US-based product. Its science docs are an amalgam of US-based and foreign-sourced material, very often with Brits as hosts (Sir David Attenborough, Michael Mosley, narrator of “The History of Science”; James Burke, narrator of “Connections, as well as such Americans as the late Carl Sagan, the late Stephen Jay Gould, and the still-breathing Brian Greene.

  3. Curmudgeon says:

    Outsourcing is outsourcing, isn’t it?
    And PBS/WGBH does a lot of it.

  4. Are you suggesting that The Dixie Cups or Tavares aren’t American?

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