Mar 1, 2011
Washington Post editorial calls pubcasting a "nice-to-have," but not a priority
In case you missed it, the Washington Post, a paper traditionally seen as being in public broadcasting's corner, now views the system as a "nice-to-have" as opposed to a vital service. In an unsigned editorial in Saturday's (Feb. 26) edition, titled "What government is for," it said in part: "Public radio and television provide levels of serious news and cultural coverage and of civility that are otherwise not prevalent in today's media. . . . It's true that if Washington got the bigger, harder things right — controlling health-care costs and aiming entitlement programs at those who really need the help — there'd be enough left over for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. . . . But as a matter of politics and fairness, some of the nice-to-haves are going to have to take a hit: There are worthy things that government is no longer going to be able to do."
Posted by Dru at 12:43 PM