Why PBS Will Always Be Poor

“PBS is in real trouble, financially. Its difficult straits are misunderstood by nearly everyone. When PBS was created, early ideas to tax the sale of television sets and also to tax the broadcast networks (which are profiting off of the government- owned airwaves) went nowhere because politicians fear powerful lobbyists and don’t necessarily fear you. Unless you stand up. But when do you do that? When you worry money will be taken away from PBS. It’s true. People just like you, but possibly more riled, called their representatives, and a bipartisan group of politicians got the message and restored cuts to PBS. Hooray! PBS remains underfunded! See: complicated.”