NBC News Article Explains How Cuts To Public Broadcasting Funding Will Affect Local Workers and Stations
NBC News published an article recently by journalist Mary Emily O'Hara, "Trump’s Budget: Public Broadcasting Workers ‘Wake Up Scared’ Over Cuts."
As Ms. O'Hara detailed, "Eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) would have a far-reaching effect on public television and radio stations across the country, many of which depend on federal funding for everything from children's programming to emergency broadcasting systems and K-12 classroom materials. Not to mention a dramatic loss of jobs."
Ms. O'Hara further explained, "According to Patrick Butler, President of America's Public Television Stations, around 23,000 people work in public broadcasting across the U.S., many at small town and rural radio and television stations."
"In the long run it's entirely possible that everybody would lose his or her job," Butler told NBC News, "If that funding goes away."
As the article continues, "Speaking on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said that cutting public broadcasting was in the best interest of rural and inner-city Americans."
"Can we really continue to ask a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit to pay for these programs?" Mulvaney asked.
Ms. O'Hara explains in the article that, "The West Virginia Public Broadcasting also took to Twitter to highlight the number of stories they've done on local coal miners in a state where Trump won 95 percent of voting counties."
The article concludes with information about how "Trump's supporters, in general, do not support defunding public broadcasting. A bipartisan poll conducted in early 2017 found that 70 percent of Trump voters disapproved of cutting funding for public television."
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