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Trump Proposes Defunding PBS, NPR In Order To Shut Down The Programs


Trump Proposes Defunding PBS, NPR In Order To Shut Down The Programs

President Trump’s 2020 budget proposal, which was released in its entirety on Monday, calls for the elimination of popular programs such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps fund stations such as PBS and NPR, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The 2020 request called for scrapping $435 billion from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and $126 billion from the National Endowment for the Arts, leaving both with a few million dollars to manage an orderly shutdown.

The overall 2020 budget will spend $4.7 trillion on discretionary and mandatory programs.

The Hill adds:

Regarding public broadcasting, the administration argued that it only provides a fraction of the funds for popular stations such as PBS and NPR.

Proponents of publicly funded journalism say that the funding largely benefits stations in rural areas that would struggle to stay afloat on just ad revenues, and that public funding promotes high-quality journalism.

Regarding the arts, the budget justification said they did not fall in the purview of the federal government.

“The Administration does not consider NEA activities to be core Federal responsibilities,” the White House proposal said.

UPDATE: Responding to the Trump Administration’s third proposal to eliminate federal funding for public media, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger issued a statement on Monday:

PBS and our 350 member stations across the country have earned bipartisan Congressional support over the years due to the high value the American people place on the services we provide their communities. For a modest investment of about $1.35 per citizen per year, public television provides school readiness for children, support for teachers and caregivers, public safety communications and lifelong learning through high-quality content.

For the 16th year in a row, Americans named PBS and member stations #1 in public trust among nationally known institutions. The same survey revealed that Americans rank PBS and our member stations second only to the country’s military defense in terms of value for taxpayer dollars. PBS and its supporters across every region of the country will continue to remind legislators that federal funding is critical for public television to do this essential work.


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