It is way past time to defund PBS and the hopelessly biased NPR.
This goes beyond just having liberal or progressive leanings for many decades now. These publicly funded broadcast media outlets have practically become arms of the Democrat Party.
Two interesting news stories include Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt moving to cut funding for PBS and Elon Musk’s Twitter labeling NPR, “state funded media.”
Similar to the funding of Planned Parenthood, for example, why should all Americans be forced to fund something with our tax dollars that does not support our values?
They’re doing some great things in the Sooner state – and more states should follow his lead.
Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed a bill that would have continued the funding for the state’s Public Broadcasting Service affiliate for another three years. He defended his decision by saying he represents all taxpayers in Oklahoma and it was based on the”indoctrination and over-sexualization” of children in PBS television programs.
The governor explains:
“And then when you go through all of the programming that’s happening and the indoctrination and over-sexualization of our children, it’s just really problematic, and it doesn’t line up with Oklahoma values,”
Democrats there accused the governor of mounting an attack on “public education and underrepresented Oklahoma communities,”
Did they just try playing the race card and saying LGBTQ ideology was “education”?
Many of us agree with Governor Stitts that much of PBS’s program content has a clear far-Left bias and promotes the LGBTQ agenda including drag queens.
State by state, friends. Why should all taxpayers help fund the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) when it should be competing with stations and other media platforms in the private sector? Good question.
Then there’s NPR, or National Progressive Radio.
Last month, the new Twitter labeled the social media accounts of NPR, PBS, and the BBC as “government funded media.” NPR’s was specifically labeled, “state affiliated media,” which was later changed to “government funded media.”
NPR threw a tantrum.
Twitter policy states:
“State-affiliated media is defined as outlets where the state exercises control over editorial content through financial resources, direct or indirect political pressures, and/or control over production and distribution.”
NPR’s budget is over a half billion dollars.
Joe Concha, contributor at The Hill said NPR is hopelessly biased. They launched in 1971 with part of its mission to “speak with many voices, many dialects,” which assumes they would embrace the most important diversity of thought and speech. He writes that unfortunately, it’s difficult to distinguish NPR from MSNBC.
There are far too many examples to cite, one being NPR sugarcoating its coverage of the death of Cuban dictator, Fidel Castro in 2016. Another example is they refused to cover the Hunter Biden laptop story.
In one scandal, NPR received $100,000 from the (pro-Iran deal) Ploughshares Foundation to ensure they “reported” on the Iran nuclear deal properly. NPR also has had an obvious anti-Israel bias since most of us can remember.
We could go on but for most of us, it’s redundant at this point.
American citizens need to know where our tax dollars are going, and we then need to encourage our representatives to follow up and go to bat for we the people. Why should taxpayers be funding those who oppose our worldview and are loyal to one political party?
Back to PBS for those unconvinced they have injected LGBTQ agendas in programming geared for children. We’re not just talking about “Pride Month” programming. Here’s a condensed list from CBN News detailing PBS content:
- a PBS Newshour feature on parents’ support for various gender-altering treatments including puberty blockers
- a gay character in Work It Out Wombats
- PBS Kids’ Clifford the Big Red Dog introducing LGBTQ characters
- a special about a town of Christians and drag queens who “step into the spotlight to dismantle stereotypes”
- a same-sex wedding featured on PBS Kids’ Odd Squad
Do we need to go on?
The animated PBS series “Arthur” began its 22nd season revealing Arthur’s teacher is gay. His friend Muffy asks “Who is Mr. Ratburn marrying?” Another man, of course. Back in 2005, in an episode from the spinoff cartoon series Postcards from Buster, Arthur’s best friend meets several children who have two moms while on a trip to Vermont.
The show is geared towards children ages 5-8 years old. We need to start calling it what it is: indoctrination and godlessness.
They left has been sadly successful at taking full advantage of the access to children they now enjoy in practically every aspect of our culture. Who will stand against this?