Yet another government expense we could do without. Granted, they do have a lot of informative programs, most of the "grown up" programs come out of England. I know they take a lot of public contributions, but I think that if the government is funding a big chunk of their programming, it should be American. They even broadcast BBC news. Maybe I'm just ranting, but I think it needs to stop.


At 10:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHECK YOUR FACTS! Very few of your tax dollars go to PBS. Only 18.2% of PBS's entire funding comes from state govs, and another 18% comes from federal gov, but most of that is for contracts to cover gov events like the inauguration, etc. PBS shows more than the networks when it comes to these events- for example, they show the entire Dem and Rep Conventions.

Here is a breakdown:

Public TV's total national, regional and local revenue in FY02 totaled more than $1.6 billion, according to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Leading sources of revenue: members (22.7%); state governments (18.2%); CPB and federal grants/contracts (18%); businesses (15.8%); state colleges and universities (6.5%); and foundations (6.7%).

More than 4 million individuals and families contributed $361 million to public TV in FY02.

As for your "grown up" programs, people who watch PBS (members fund 22% of the station, in effect making them the target for programming) like sophisticated British humor over idiotic American sitcoms (life on a stick?) and reality tv shows (watched by people whose lives are so boring they have to live virtually through others).

I suggest you stop listening to the propaganda against PBS and start thinking for yourself.

At 1:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe if you spent less time trying to censor moderate shows on PBS and spent more time fighting for the wholesome programming they air you might find that teen pregnancy rates, etc. would fall.

I guess we aren't supposed to talk about things like this. It makes your environmentally wreckless lifestyle squirm a bit, huh?

This is just like McCarthyism during the 1960's. Oh thats right, we aren't "supposed" to remember that, are we?

At 1:41 PM, Blogger Jude said...

If 18.2% of the budget comes from state govs, and 96% of state governments have budget deficits despite years of cutbacks, why is PBS still on the air? If they can not market their programming be self sustainable, then they should close up shop. That's the way it works in a neocapitalist society. Who watches it anyway?

At 2:26 PM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

I agree Jude!

At 2:34 PM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

If there was a market for bland English broadcasting, they would air it on a major network. With the birth of the 24hr news cycle, you don't have to tune to PBS to watch debates. Wake up, it's 2005! Also since when does a teen get pregnant from watching reality shows? They get pregnant from being bored watching PBS, nothing else to do but fool aroound!

At 4:27 AM, Blogger Ron Schneider said...

Who watches PBS, the average age of PBS viewers is 56. Though, PBS doesn't concern itself with ratings, (why should they, they are not wasting their won money) however, the best PBS shows pull in a rating of 2.6 compared to CSI which rates a 16.8 and Foxes Baseball coverage which pulled in a rating of 19.4
PBS isn't expected to compete against the big networks, though, I would much rather watch Discovery, National Geographic or even the Food Network before I would watch PBS.

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the fascism on this site is overwhelming.

try living in Grenada after the illegal 1983 invasion. no PBS there, just good little fascists!!

At 3:22 PM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

Anonymous-A person who lacks the balls to post under their name or is too sorry to register for a name.

The ignorance in some of these comments is overwhelming!!!How about I just send my entire paycheck to the governmetn and trust they will spend it wisely, and send me back whatever they don't really need.

At 1:05 AM, Blogger Sarah Katherine said...

There has to be some sort of compromise between tv shows that glamorize incest (nip/tuck) and totally boring tv shows on PBS. But if I had to choose I would choose PBS because the negative effects television is having on our society are uncompromising. It all goes back to Cultural Marxism and Erich Fromm's idea of using mass media to shape a society's ideology. http://www.tysknews.com/Depts/society/cultural_marxism.htm

At 8:21 AM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

While I agree to an extent about television destroying our culture, I also think that censorship would be far worse!

At 12:21 PM, Blogger Mickej said...

Brad - do not think that I am on your case to nit-pick; just the opposite. I enjoy reading your blog!

But you must admit that you post somewhat controversial subject-matter, which I find very good and thought-provoking.

There are many wonderful and educational programs (Nature and Nova and...) that PBS gives us. And not everyone has the high-costing cable networks (or whatever.)

If our government can fund millions of $ on research of the sex-habits of a snail, why alligator's teeth stay so sharp, etc...what's so wrong with helping to fund PBS?

Opinions...opinions :o)

At 4:33 PM, Blogger bschneider5 said...

Well, if their going to pay for it out of my taxe, put something on American!!!

At 2:24 AM, Blogger that girl said...

I am 19 and PBS airs my favorite TV show...
Let's consider the fact that they air quality, educational programs for kids. Children can either watch these shows, or the filth found on other stations. I'd rather today's youth learned about sharing and growing up to be respectful, instead of watching some hot, young, "role models" acting distastefully.
I think it would be a tremendous shame to be without.

At 6:15 PM, Blogger EG said...

Your complaint about the programming on PBS isn't PBS HQs but with your local station. I have three PBS channels available to me and they show local programming and national programming. The bulk of British programs is limited to Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Also, we have LOTs of advertising (not as bad as the commercial networks) on the air, including ads for WalMart! The Federal and state Governments have been cutting PBS' budget.


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