PBS: An Anachronism
An Artifact From The Past
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet
PBS the broadcast voice of America’s political left should be defunded, period.
For many years the Public Broadcasting System has broadcast the left’s
message of diversity, multiculturalism, and political correctness to our
children. It is time they do it on their own dime, and not the
As a taxpayer, and a retired broadcaster from the private “for profit”
media, I cannot tell you how difficult it has been to see the broadcasts
on the PBS and know that my hard earned money was going to subsidized
I don’t mind if PBS stays on the air. Just not with taxpayer funds. I
have no problem with them selling advertising like those of us from the
capitalist media have to do to survive. I have no problem with the
continuance of their “Beg-a-Thons” every year. But, I really want the
Congress to stop giving them my money to run programs in direct
competition to my own industry and in direct opposition to my own
It has become apparent from the recent attempts by the left to create
their own liberal broadcast networks that they simply cannot make it
without government assistance. There are too few Americans willing to
squander money on the bankrupt ideas of the left.
So, removing the government funding from PBS would be tantamount to putting them off the air. That’s fine by me.
The argument has been made that the existing cable channels such as the
History Channel, Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, all cover the
same territory as PBS, but… they do it better. The cable channels
would immediately snap up the children’s programs, touted so highly by
the supporters of PBS.
PBS is a dinosaur, which should be put out of its misery.
J. D. Longstreet