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Sorry PBS, No Cash For You!

I don’t mean to sound heartless … really I don’t.

I bawled like a six-year-old, after all, when I watched Jackie Evancho sing on PBS the other night (thanks for the over 100 facebook shares, too). She was superb and there ARE quality programs on PBS.

But, truth be told, there are quality programs all over the dial these days thanks to History channel, Discovery, TLC, Smithsonian, HGTV and more.

I pay a premium price for my U-verse bill and I just don’t have money left to give to PBS,

Soup Nazi


I wonder how many others are in the same boat?

After paying bills and tithing and other giving there’s just not more cash laying around to give to PBS.

Besides, being on all these TV offerings like Dish, DirecTV and cable doesn’t PBS get a fraction of that money?

On top of that it already gets government funding that other channels don’t receive.

It may be time to pull the plug on antiquated PBS, even with some of its quality shows.

Sorry PBS, but similar to what the Soup Nazi used to say on Seinfeld:

“No cash for you!”

If you’re not too angry with Matt be sure to check out his blog posts on the New York Yankees at:

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posted December 11, 2011 at 4:55 am

in a way you have chosen PBS OVER cable and that is your right, for sure. There are some SUPERB shows on it…though some are also mind-numbingly boring….lol

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posted December 11, 2011 at 4:53 am

fair enough….appreciate your viewpoint too. I guess it’s just the THOUGHT of ANY money going for funding like public TV in this day and age is very unappealing. Susan…you are much nicer and better than me if you would be willing to tack on $75 per TV for PBS programming though….no offense, but let wealthy liberals….especially the ones who “complain” about not paying enough taxes…Bill Clinton comes to mind….fund PBS….

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posted December 11, 2011 at 12:53 am

I have to agree with you, they get public funding not available to other stations. While I enjoy the local shows they produce, I find myself techno cash strapped. My internet is essential to my home and business, and so is my data phone. I find PBS on the short end of a very long list of things to fund.

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posted December 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I am a public school teacher in the state of Washington.After 7 years and a Master’s I earn $50,000. Believe it or not, that salary doesn’t go very far in the Seattle area.The cost of living and real estate is high out here. I don’t invest in all the nice cable channels available so I hope that PBS continues. I fell fortunate to have PBS shows available to me. I do donate to them.

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Susan Hayes

posted December 10, 2011 at 10:23 am

Sorry, Matt. While I respect your view, you are misinformed, and missing a great deal, PBS receives absolutely no revenue from cable, none. And while “quality programs” air on other cable stations these days, their content was largely produced by PBS, and aired on PBS first. Without PBS, that content would not exist. All three national networks turned down Sesame Street when it was originally pitched, before PBS picked it up. The reason? Not commercially profitable. So without a noncommercial network, the only content that would ever get produced would be those deemed commercially profitable. The US is the only Western nation on earth that does not heavily subsidize its noncommercial outlet. The UK does it with a simple $75 (equivalent) annual tv tax on all tv’s. By comparison, in a good year, PBS costs each US taxpayer 75 cents per year. You need to do a little more homework, Matt. PBS is the biggest bargain around.

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