One of the nonsense items on my Facebook feed is, “I love PBS.” We suppose that this means that they want the federal government to support PBS. The Donald has recommended otherwise for PBS and NEA. Michael Tanner covers the NEA at NRO. Read it all but this is nicely put:
Art is deeply personal. It touches the core of our being, and helps form our outlook on the world, even our fundamental belief systems. That is one reason why authoritarian regimes have long sought to control art, repress it, or use it for propaganda. For many of the same reasons that we demand separation of church and state, we should want the separation of art and state. It is more difficult to speak truth to power when power pays your bills.
It appears when folks say they love PBS (or NEA) they mean that they want the people with guns to come take money from other folks to fund it. We don’t agree with either being in the federal budget.
We think that eliminating federal funding of PBS will be great for it. Just as Michael explains how much funding is available for the arts, getting off the federal teat will be great for PBS. PBS should take the bull by the horns and refuse federal funding rather than waiting for the shoe to fall. Donations will skyrocket and make up the difference many times over.