President Trump is preparing to slash the budgets of both the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the National Public Radio (NPR).
As it stands, the president of PBS makes $632,233 yearly, while the Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell makes $956,513.
Trump has made it clear that he wants to slash budgets of useless or excessive government agencies. His cuts extend to the Environmental Protection Agency, welfare programs like Meals on Wheels and other social security nets, and now liberal media outlets like PBS and NPR.
Who can blame Trump for wanting to cut funding for both PBS and NPR? Both agencies have railed on him throughout the election and continue to publish biased news about him.
100 Percent Fed Up reports:
The so-called commercial free public airwaves have been filled with pleas for taxpayer cash. The Association of Public Television Stations has hired lobbyists to fight the cuts. Hundreds of taxpayer-supported TV, radio and Web outlets have partnered with an advocacy campaign to facilitate emails and phone calls to Capitol Hill for the purpose of telling members of Congress, “Public broadcasting funding is too important to eliminate!”
PBS President Paula Kerger even recorded a personal television appeal that told viewers exactly how to contact members of Congress in order to “let your representative know how you feel about the elimination of funding for public broadcasting.” But if PBS can pay Ms. Kerger $632,233 in annual compensation—as reported on the 990 tax forms all nonprofits are required to file—surely it can operate without tax dollars…
Meanwhile, highly successful, brand-name public programs like Sesame Street make millions on their own. “Sesame Street,” for example, made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales from 2003-2006. Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 in compensation in 2008. With earnings like that, Big Bird doesn’t need the taxpayers to help him compete against the Nickleodeon cable channel’s Dora the Explorer.
Why should the taxpayers fund PBS when Sesame Street is bringing the network enough revenue as it is? This is nothing but greed.