I see PBS as my single best source of current, un-hyped information about the world around us. The stimulating nature shows, the entertaining musical specials and the valuable cultural and children’s programming make PBS a treasure worth supporting with tax dollars.
One of the most important issues today is the free-flow of less-filtered, unbiased information. The US electorate needs to stay informed and engaged in our democracy. Unfortunately they can’t get what they need from the U.S. commercial radio or TV media – not from CSNBC, not from Fox, not even from CNN and especially not from radio talk shows. Now, since serious news has morphed into “info-tainment,” we need to keep PBS and NPR squarely in the mix.
It is particularly sad that as a US citizen I do not feel I can rely on my commercial news media to tell me enough of the truth. What real information I don’t get from PBS or NPR, I get from media sources outside of the U.S. [from the BBC and from Asian and European news broadcasts]. Fortunately I can still trust the local weatherman.
Nowhere else is public funding more important than the education of the general public. Please continue to support PBS and NPR, yes, with a little of my taxes. Personally, I will be watching what positions our leaders take on regarding our government funding of Public Broadcasting.