7 Reasons PBS Deserves Your Money

By “your money,” we mean money you personally might contribute to your local Public Broadcasting Service station, and the 1/100th of 1% of the federal budget that flows to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and then to PBS and National Public Radio. And yes, you read that right: 1/100th of 1% of our federal budget helps to fund public broadcasting. But for the moment, forget the recurring calls by some politicians to cut off this wellspring of cash to Big Bird, and instead consider why PBS not only deserves your money, but has, at this point in history, done more than its share to earn it.

  1. So PBS can continue to reach rural areas of the country:

    Interestingly, the original mission of PBS was to create and provide educational and innovative programming to those in rural areas who could not otherwise access such programs. Federal dollars are actually crucial in helping to keep PBS’ locally owned member stations operating in these areas around the country.

  2. Unlike network TV, PBS is actually good for your kids:

    PBS is probably best known for its educational, kid-friendly programming. When Fred Rogers, the creator of the PBS program Mister Rogers Neighborhood, went before the Senate in 1969 to testify as to why federal funding for PBS should not be cut, he described how he always ended his program by telling his young viewers, “There’s no person in the world like you, and I like you just the way you are.” In contrast, the shows your child is likely to view on network television usually include scripted lines like, “Did we get any semen from the rape victim?” and “Is that brain matter on the wall?”

  3. Your kids will learn to read and count:

    PBS’ educational shows teach viewers everything from how to count from one to 10 to complex scientific concepts such as string theory. Studies continue to show that PBS’ educational shows, including Reading Rainbow, Sesame Street, and NOVA, help children and young people in their elementary, middle, and high school education.

  4. Meanwhile, you can learn to cook:

    So yes, you have cooking shows all over the place now, but doesn’t it seem like most of them present cooking as a competition and an excuse to humiliate participating contestants? What if you just want to learn how to make a really good omelet without getting screamed at? Since 1963, when Julia Child’s groundbreaking cooking show first aired on public station WBGH, PBS has continued to air high-quality cooking programs that avoid use of the words “extreme” and “celebrity.”

  5. Investigative journalism still exists:

    On network television, with the exception of the long-running show 60 Minutes, true investigative reporting doesn’t really exist. Several PBS shows, including Frontline, Wide Angle, and Bill Moyers Journal, are highly regarded and have won several awards for their deep investigative journalism. Many of these shows now provide online content to accompany their documentaries, including interview transcripts, source documents, and streaming videos.

  6. You’ll hear classical music and opera:

    PBS continues to be the one place where you can experience the best in classical music performance, as well as opera, ballet, and jazz, all from the comfort of your living room. Great musicians like violinist Itzhak Perlman, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, and soprano Beverly Sills are all household names thanks to PBS’ programming, which reaches areas of the country where experiencing a live performance of classical music may not be possible.

  7. Most Americans support PBS:

    Finally, contrary to what some politicians are saying, the majority of Americans really like PBS, can’t imagine it not being available, and have no problem with the federal government using 1/100th of 1% of its budget to keep locally run stations operating. According to a recent national survey by the bipartisan research firms Hart Research and American Viewpoint, more than two-thirds of American voters oppose the elimination of federal funding of PBS.

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