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“Why Should the Working-Class Subsidize the News & Entertainment of the Rich?”
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David Boaz makes a fantastic cultural case against federal funding of PBS, an organization that consistently confuses its ability to cater to a niche bourgeoisie audience with an unquestionable moral crusade on behalf of all. Here’s the final paragraphs, but please do go read the whole piece:

The main point here isn’t the money, it’s the separation of news and state. If anything should be kept separate from government and politics, it’s the news and public-affairs programming that informs Americans about government and its policies. When government brings us the news — with all the inevitable bias and spin — it is putting its thumb on the scales of democracy.

A healthy democracy needs a free and diverse press — but Americans today have access to more sources of news and opinion than ever before: more broadcast networks than before, cable networks, satellite TV and radio, the Internet. Any diversity argument for NPR and PBS is now a sad joke.

We don’t need a government news and opinion network. More important, we shouldn’t require taxpayers to pay for broadcasting that will inevitably reflect a particular perspective on politics and culture. The marketplace of democracy should be a free market, in which the voices of citizens are heard, with no unfair advantage granted by government to one participant.

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