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.

Others are not as concerned.


  • Bill Rowland

    PBS has been a govt funded bastion for leftists for 40 years. It is time to stop feeding the cancer.

  • CrusadaB

    That message had many misspelled words. Good thing no more funding. Learn to spell and get back to us.

    • Ms.rainman

      Right? It’s “deveastating” to read posts like this touting the “rale” of the public school system.

    • Syren123

      LOL exactly! How are those CPB educational programs working?!

  • BeavertonSteve

    If the celebrities and billionaires really want to do something, instead of just whine and complain about everything, cut a check. Open up your wallet. You love the arts, you can make up this shortfall with a phone call.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation budgeted a billion this year just for infectious disease control, maybe they want to prioritize public media over some of their causes.

    • myddrinemrys

      Thank you. People seem to forget that many of the first museums, art galleries, etc. we had were built and maintained thanks to charitable trusts.

      How’s about Damon, Jolie, Clooney, etc. pool their resources and set up a trust fund for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. They could replace that $445 million in a heartbeat.

  • HT

    PBS and NPR are nothing but liberal propaganda outlets. Let them get their funding from private donations and see how that goes.

    • Bryant Steury

      It’s funny because it’ll be donations from the same people (or it’ll have to be) that say “why aren’t we letting the refugees in!? The rich can afford just a little more to make sure!” Ok then, better petition Hollywood to help out. Or the Koch brothers. Or anyone. Bet they’ll be all talk, though. It’s super easy to support a cause when you minimally have to pitch in to keep it going. The priorities snap directly into focus when the wallets have to open.

  • Margaret Price

    In this era of literally hundreds of cable and internet channels, PBS has become a unnecessary.

  • Jeffery Fizer

    Thier one sided liberal lean and reporting probably made it a little easier decision.

  • Steve_o

    If the product was in demand they wouldn’t need the government to fund it.

    • Exactly- with artificially inflated content gone, there will be more room in the market for people who can generate something of actual value.

  • No one cares, no one watches, its just a money sink to keep the bloodsucking leeches fat on the taxpayers money. PBS is obsolete. Delete!

  • Flick Yoli

    Leftist propaganda at taxpayers expense = Communism = The Jews

  • THDisqus

    I did not vote for Trump. I was vehemently opposed to his nomination … but if he keeps making decisions like this, I may actually end up supporting his presidency. What a rare thing to see in Washington: financial decisions made by someone who actually understands budgets.

  • Our Bloody Mary Hospital

    That’s right, starve ’em XD

  • kamenetz

    Good, cut this crap out of the budget. I won’t miss Elmo/Sesame St., PBS News (never watch), Antiques Road Show, other libturd programming, etc… I’m sure some libturd billionaire can fund..

    • They could call it “Soros Street.” He has enough puppets.

      • kamenetz

        Yep, puppets in burqas…

  • HeavyCream

    Replaces books and correct parenting with television and horse shit.

  • Bend the knee, mofos!!
    Cut their budgets, Trump. They have outlived their usefulness. We live in a different time with greatly expanded internet access. All the money we save from cutting their b.s. could be used to pad the funding to get us to Mars one day. That stuff doesn’t come cheap.

  • Jack Bannerman

    Poor babies. Their funding should have been cut years ago. My tax dollars should not go to funding an anti-democratic news agency that indoctrinates our children. Good riddance.

  • 49er4ever

    The idea that $20 trillion in debt and counting doesn’t even enter the conversation shows the utter disdain lefties have for the working woman and man. Most of these leftie groups have plenty of outside funding anyway, they just want to continue to act like 5 year olds that haven’t had a nap.

  • Aaron

    Leftists have taken over the huge foundations that dole out money to agents of Leftist thinking, let them cover the paltry sum.

  • Dylan

    “There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services.”

    Shit’s free on the internet, nigga.

  • charles_1

    The people who want it funded can set up a gofundme and privately fund it. The government needs to cut and cut a lot. We need to re-focus every dime we pay to reduce the deficit, reduce the debt, and pay the entitlements already on the books.

  • Clay James Belter

    The arts shouldn’t NEED federal funding. In fact I dare say it DOESN’T need it. Why? Because when you’re funded by the government that means that the GOVERNMENT controls what gets put out. And the arts are the soul of society, where you can tell the truth by telling a lie (sort of like with satire). But when the government controls it, that prevents it from being free and when it’s not free they can control it, and when they control it, they control what we see and hear.

    Art is the purest form of culture, and these people want the GOVERNMENT to control our culture. That’s sick.

  • mark white

    The only ones mad about funding being cut for the left wing biased PBS are left wingers. These people running the stations kept all the money they made from Sesame Street, Barney, Teletubbies and more. Merchandising from these had to be in the 100’s of millions. Sorry leftards, we don’t need to fund your agenda.

  • Syren123

    How about selling advertising like every other broadcast entity does. Good grief it’s not they’re censoring free speech. Just pay for your own propaganda is all.

  • BillK

    Please – this and the NEA cut are the best things in the budget.

    We always used to hear the end of PBS funding would mean the end of “Sesame Street” – you know, the show that now premieres episodes on HBO.

  • Manius

    Maybe they can sell the Sesame Street “IP” cartel for some change, too.
    How many bricks does a Big Bird suit pay for?

  • Wait, all the time they’ve been telling us what a TINY part of their budget the CPB is, and now it’s “vital”?