The US government spends $445 million on publicly funded television and radio. That money is distributed to over 500 tv and radio stations across the nation. Most state governments also provide millions more. Some PBS and NPR stations receive over 50% of all their funding from the taxpayers.
Public television and radio are not supposed to be partisan. However, everyone knows this is not the reality. In 2008, PBS stations all across America used this tax money to run non-stop “documentaries” portraying Obama as saint like.
In 2010, NPR famously fired black liberal Juan Williams, for not being far enough to the left. Williams had previously worked for liberal newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post. Williams now works for FOX News. In 2011, NPR host Bob Garfield publicly bragged that NPR employees are “an overwhelmingly progressive, liberal crowd.”
The US government gives another $146 million to the National Endowment for the Arts [NEA]. This is the notorious government program that is often described as “welfare for liberal elites.” Well connected individuals, who could never make a living as a private sector artist, get paid for things like “performance art.”
Once again, many individual states chip in more state more for the NEA.
The media loves to claim that if public funding for PBS is stripped, then Sesame Street would go off the air, and small children would nothing to watch on tv. This argument is absurd given that Sesame Street is already a for profit tv show! HBO is already paying to air the new episodes first. Then they are aired on PBS on a nine month delay. Sesame Street also has a multitude of corporate sponsors, merchandise deals, and network tv would be in a huge bidding war for the show if PBS was completely shut down.
The US Constitute provides no legal basis for the public funding of media or art.