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May 4, 2005

Stop Donating to PBS?

-- by Dave Johnson

Chris Bowers is asking his readers to Pull The Plug on PBS

Posted by Dave Johnson at May 4, 2005 8:55 AM

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I have about one bloggable idea every few months. That's why I gave it up. But I've been thinking about this for a few months. Anyone (I mean a real person, not a right-winger) who contributes to PBS or to any affiliate is a fool. Even if you contribute during a fundraising break directly linked to Rick Steves or Midsommer Murders. We have to kill public television, alas. Either that or get elected, take over, and restore it to sanity. The latter strategy seems much less likely to me every day. Save your money -- you're going to need it.

Posted by: richard at May 4, 2005 10:47 AM

I thought Joan Kroc gave them over a billion dollars a couple years ago. What ever happened to that money? If it is true, they would seem to need no help from the public.

Posted by: Hedley Lamarr at May 4, 2005 3:23 PM


Joan Kroc gave that money to NPR, not PBS.

Anyway, I'm not so sure. My local station (WGBH) produces some of the best programs--Frontline, NOVA etc.

I'd miss Frontline a lot if it went away.

Posted by: Abby Vigneron at May 5, 2005 6:45 AM

The problem with this strategy is that it's what they want you to do. If PBS gets ruined by lack of donations, the wingnuts won't mind a bit.

Posted by: Alex at May 5, 2005 1:52 PM

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