Monday, July 04, 2005

Defunding PBS

Joel Stein argues that the government shouldn't be funding PBS because

"there is no other station so obviously aimed at rich, well-educated, white people....Let's untether PBS from our government, freeing up not only the $400 million but the time spent each year arguing about the $400 million.  PBS could move to cable and live off money it would get for selling off its broadcast-spectrum space to those new sucker networks that believe low-number channels still mean something in a TiVo world.  Yes, it would mean even more ads than PBS now has.  And although ads are annoying, they're a lot better than pledge drives.  At least ads on other networks tell me about new stuff I might want, whereas I already know I don't like tote bags."