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Suzer22  (Level: 165.6 - Posts: 1982)
Tue, 6th May '08 9:39 PM


Show your support for PBS! Please distribute to family and friends who will vote yes. Note that we need their votes!

Subject: PARADE Magazine Vote: Should Your Tax Money Support PBS? (May 4, 2008)

Should Your Tax Money Support PBS?
In the next few months, Congress will decide whether to continue supporting Big Bird—or give him the ax. Public broadcasting gets around $400 million annually from the U.S. government, which covers about 15% of local station budgets. (Most shows are funded primarily by producers, viewer donations, private foundations and corporations.) Now the Bush Administration has proposed cutting funding by half.

Those who agree with this decrease say that, with the availability of high-quality cable-TV shows, public TV is unnecessary. Its average nightly audience is 2.1 million—around half of the viewership of pro wrestling. Responds Eric Boehlert, senior fellow at Media Matters, a nonprofit media watchdog group: “PBS is a success story for the government, ranking up there with the national parks. Any cuts would hurt the millions of people who can’t or won’t pay for cable.”

Should tax dollars support PBS?
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FYI - acknowledges this was true in 2006. This current Parade poll is from May 4, 2008.

Sargon  (Level: 111.2 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 7th May '08 5:28 AM

My vote is in.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 7th May '08 5:34 AM

I voted.

Chyenn  (Level: 200.8 - Posts: 1332)
Wed, 7th May '08 6:45 AM


we support our local PBS channel too. in April 2006 and again last month our local station sponsored concerts by Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra in Pensacola. i was able to go to the concert 2 yrs ago. it was awesome. i like classical music but i didn't know you could have so much fun with it!

Mitchy  (Level: 129.4 - Posts: 964)
Thu, 8th May '08 2:26 AM my vote!

Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Thu, 8th May '08 4:42 AM

Yes, voted.

-- Geri

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Thu, 8th May '08 11:09 PM

yes- I voted also.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 8th May '08 11:24 PM

Repeatedly in various ways. By pledging and participating in fundraising events, for instance.

Postrophe  (Level: 147.1 - Posts: 16)
Fri, 9th May '08 3:04 AM

Speaking as a Brit, I'd support any move to preserve PBS - the nearest that US broadcasting gets to the civilised commercial-free BBC we enjoy over here.

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