This, ladies and gentlemen, is a very good way to start turning public broadcasting into private broadcasting:
Gov. Nikki Haley appointed all new members to the Educational Television Commission this week.
In her State of the State speech in January, Haley suggested cutting state money for ETV and the Arts Commission — $9.6 million for ETV and $2.5 million for the Arts Commission. Both agencies also rely on federal money and donations.
“The governor believes we need to convert ETV and its functions to the private sector, and she is excited to have found a group of appointees who share her priorities and vision for ETV,” Haley spokesman Rob Godfrey said. “At a time we are attempting to return government to its core functions, we simply can’t fund ETV with tax dollars.”
It’s high time to do that with PBS and NPR, as well. NPR is already part of SiriusXM, so why do we need to spend taxpayer dollars for them anymore? If people really want NPR programming, they can get it, but they don’t have any right to have it provided by the tax dollars of the very people NPR opposes.