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Just Another Conservative Putsch


Is the New York Times editorial board concerned about the future of public broadcasting after former CPB chairman Kenneth Tomlinson’s efforts to balance programming? You bet. From yesterday’s editorial:

Defenders of public broadcasting now must guard against still another conservative putsch — a Congressional move to cut financing for the corporation’s $400 million budget of vital aid for local stations.
When it comes to stories about public television, the Times apparently likes the P-word. From an editorial in June:

Federal money amounts to 15 percent of public broadcasting’s budget revenues, but it plays a larger and particularly crucial role for smaller rural stations. More than government support, the public’s faith and donations could be threatened if audiences sense the Republicans are succeeding with an ideological putsch.


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