DRAFT: What is PBS/NPR good for?

<p>I am watching 1991 Paul Simon "concert in the park" now on DVR I recorded this weekend, and specifically "Bridge of Troubled Water", one song I really love.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Why do I mention this?&#160; They do fund drives.&#160; About the only times they really show great stuff like this is during the fund drive where they interrupt asking for money multiple times.&#160; Great, very reasonable for them to work on funding and show the best stuff they can to raise funds.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>So what, you say?</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>How many stations do you have on your TV?&#160; I personally have over 800.&#160; Over 100 of them are music specific, and 1 AXS shows many concerts.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Other shows? hit and miss.&#160; Almost everything I watch always shows up during a fund drive which they do 3 times a year or so.&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Used to watch McGlochlin Group ever week before he passed, but that is long gone. Decades ago I watched move reviews with Siskel and Ebert, and while I often disagreed was interesting to see promos and thoughts, when one liked and other disliked I almost always knew it would be a movie I enjoyed - want say who with who, you can guess</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>There are some nice children's programs, but Sesame Street as an example is a franchise and one of most profitable and successful in history.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Where am I going?&#160; Why are we subsidising this? This isn't a day where we had 3 major networks, PBS and some late night UHF network playing old stuff.&#160; We have everything available to us.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>NPR is as bad or worse.&#160; It is considered one of the most left wing news.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Why do half of americans who disagree with these point of views still have to help pay for their existence through our taxes?</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>They make money in a ton of ways, our taxes are actually a minor part of their existence.&#160; Why are we still supporting them?&#160; They don't even follow up with commentary that a majority of Americans agree with.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>They simply keep moving the left agenda.&#160; The biggest hit on NPR was "Prairie home companion" - it's author stated openly it was pushing a liberal agenda in a "humorous" way.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Why do we have to keep putting up with this?</p>

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