Sunday, March 19, 2017
Donald Trump's proposed budget would end federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as well as the NEA and NEH. Representatives of public broadcasting and the arts are speaking out against the terminal threats and warning that the entire public media system will collapse under these conditions. Brian Stelter notes that PBS and NPR are well-practiced at having to defend their funded existence. Todd VanDerWerff notes that rural stations and people will be most hurt by these proposals. Andrea K. Scott laments the dismissal of the importance of the arts evident here, and Howard Reich explores how this would devastate the arts in Chicago. Cythnia Littleton highlights the CPB cut threat to one station in Tennessee.