View Poll Results: Should the federal subsidy for PBS be Eliminated

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    Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Should the government be funding television and radio stations that compete with private sector stations?



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    I'm going to have to think on that one. I don't care for government control or competition of very many things. PBS is probably one of the few government services that actually seems to offer a real service. I'll check back in and vote later.



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    Should the government be funding television and radio stations that compete with private sector stations?
    Your poll asks a slightly different question, as it only mentions PBS. I voted before I read that you were including NPR, but I would still vote NO. Regarding PBS, the Newshour is the only nightly news program worth watching, they offer high-quality programming for kids, and their documentaries are slightly better than the cable channels (although still no substitute for actually reading a book). They offer a real public service.



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by iceclone View Post
    Your poll asks a slightly different question, as it only mentions PBS. I voted before I read that you were including NPR, but I would still vote NO. Regarding PBS, the Newshour is the only nightly news program worth watching, they offer high-quality programming for kids, and their documentaries are slightly better than the cable channels (although still no substitute for actually reading a book). They offer a real public service.
    What are these "books" that you speak of?



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    PBS provides Author, Curious George, Cyberchase, Fetch with Ruff, This Old House, Mexico One Plate at a Time, Ken Burns' The War (which has been great), Mystery! and the list goes on. I really like PBS and the programs our two PBS stations carry so I say we continue the subsidies. Plus PBS HD has had some really interesting shows that I probably would have never seen on basic cable.

    Now NPR...I don't listen to it, it provides me nothing so as a selfish self centered American I say cut it off from the money train.



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonepride View Post
    What are these "books" that you speak of?



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    I ended up with no. While I would not consider any expansion as a good thing, this is one government program that seems useful to me, and it is doubtful in my mind that PBS takes serious revenues away from private enterprise.



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    How can anyone who favors limited government want the taxpayers to subsidize NPR and PBS?

    If the programs are that good and are widely accepted by the public why do they have to be subsidized by the government?



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    How can anyone who favors limited government want the taxpayers to subsidize NPR and PBS?

    If the programs are that good and are widely accepted by the public why do they have to be subsidized by the government?
    Because most people understand that some things beneficial to society just don't happen when left soley to the private sector. Why do you think public television was developed in the first place? If the private broadcast networks had been providing (or would have been willing to provide) the services and programming that was deemed necessary and useful for our society, there would have been no need to develop public television.

    Example:

    PBS' idea of an educational documentary: Nova

    Showtime's idea of an educational documentary: Cathouse


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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    Because most people understand that some things beneficial to society just don't happen when left soley to the private sector. Why do you think public television was developed in the first place? If the private broadcast networks had been providing (or would have been willing to provide) the services and programming that was deemed necessary and useful for our society, there would have been no need to develop public television.

    Example:

    PBS' idea of an educational documentary: Nova

    Showtime's idea of an educational documentary: Cathouse
    When public television was first created, television offered far fewer options than what exist today. For example, cable television was a post-PBS creation.

    Perhaps public television was warranted when it was created but is no longer? Perhaps it is another government program that has outlived its usefulness?



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by C.John View Post
    PBS provides Author, Curious George, Cyberchase, Fetch with Ruff, This Old House, Mexico One Plate at a Time, Ken Burns' The War (which has been great), Mystery! and the list goes on. I really like PBS and the programs our two PBS stations carry so I say we continue the subsidies. Plus PBS HD has had some really interesting shows that I probably would have never seen on basic cable.

    Now NPR...I don't listen to it, it provides me nothing so as a selfish self centered American I say cut it off from the money train.
    You don't enjoy the NPR program, Car Talk?



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    When public television was first created, television offered far fewer options than what exist today. For example, cable television was a post-PBS creation.

    Perhaps public television was warranted when it was created but is no longer? Perhaps it is another government program that has outlived its usefulness?
    Not everybody has or can afford cable television. Cable television still caters to what makes money.


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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    I am kinda drawn on this one. Part of me says it is an uneccesary waste of taxpayer money. But part of me says it is actually one of the few gov services other than defense and infrastructure that actually provides some public good.


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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    Quote Originally Posted by alaskaguy View Post
    How can anyone who favors limited government want the taxpayers to subsidize NPR and PBS?

    If the programs are that good and are widely accepted by the public why do they have to be subsidized by the government?
    Like I said before, I am conflicted on this one, but PBS seems way more beneficial than a lot of thing that the government spends money on, and I can't imagine that the entire PBS budget amounts to as much money as is wasted via fraud in our welfare programs.



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    Re: Eliminate Subsidies For PBS

    I grew up watching PBS, and I a listener of and donor to public radio. The private sector simply is not offering comparable services, especially not without constant commercials.


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