march 2019 quote:
it’s expected that Trump will, for the third time, propose eliminating all federal funding for public broadcasting — zeroing out the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the entity which then distributes those funds to support public radio and television stations.
it in 2017
. He did it again in 2018
. And both times he failed; the Republican-controlled Congress funded CPB anyway. Given that Democrats now control the House, the chances of Trump getting his way on Take 3 are even more remote.
Why has Congress protected Big Bird so far? Or, to put it another way: Why have two branches of government controlled by the same party treated funding for public media so differently?
Just about every member of Congress has a public radio or TV station in his or her district; any transition from rhetoric to reality would be felt back home.
Remember that PBS-sponsored survey that found public TV was America’s most-trusted institution for the 16th year running? It’s true
: 29 percent of people surveyed said they trust PBS “a great deal,” more than the court system (17 percent), digital platforms (15 percent), commercial cable TV (14 percent), and commercial broadcast TV (12 percent).
But take a look at how that “trust a great deal” number has moved, before and after Trump started running for office:
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