News of President Donald Trump’s plans to cut government funding to public media companies has not been received well – particularly by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
According to Poynter, the budget lists the corporation as one of the independent agencies it will defund – saving roughly $445 million yearly.
CNN’s Brian Stelter shared the corporation’s statement via Twitter.
Key parts of it read:
There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services.
The elimination of federal funding to CPB would initially deveastate and ultimtely destroy public media’s rale in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions.
Public media is one of America’s best investments.
We will work with the new Administration and Congress in raising awareness that elimination of federal funding to CPB begins the collapse of the public media system itself and the end of this essential national service.
Many anti-Trumpers are attacking the President over the news.
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) March 16, 2017
— patricia ptacek (@pjptacek) March 16, 2017
— Halli Casser-Jayne (@TheHalliCJShow) March 16, 2017
Others are not as concerned.
@brianstelter oh shut up. Fed gov has huge debt. They have to cut spending on this type of frivolous bs.
— Fake Yapper (@fak3yapper) March 16, 2017
@brianstelter The Market will provide alternatives if/when Public Broadcasting is out.
— BradyLand (@DrunkenPromises) March 16, 2017
@brianstelter Not sure how you justify govt subsidizing entertainment for rich people in the era of unsustainable $20 trillion debt.
— Stephen J. Moss (@StephenJMoss) March 16, 2017
— Christa Cooper (@MissMarple2) March 16, 2017