170 Million Americans Can’t Be Wrong

Q. How much of your annual taxes go to public broadcasting?

A. $1.35.

Q. How many bills are currently being looked at to cut this spending?

A. 3

Every month over 170 million Americans use public media – through 368 public television stations, 934 public radio stations,  hundreds of online services, education services, and in-person events and activities.

Every month over half of all Americans use public media.

I’m a happy user and producer of public media and compared to my $13.00 monthly cable bill, which gives me twenty-nine crummy channels of not much, that $1.35 seems like a pretty good deal. Compare that to my former $70.00 cable bill, which gave me a few hundred crummy channels of not much, that $1.35 seems like a hell of a bargain.

By cutting the public broadcasting funding we won’t be fixing the deficit, we’ll simply be silencing the free thinking, independent voices of our neighbors and communities. Do you think FOX News, MSNBC, and CNN represent you? They represent their sponsors. They mock us at martini lunches and bullshit award ceremonies and boardrooms. They mock us by the fake fighting, pandering, and the low brow conversation they partake in and pass off as news, commentary, entertainment, and criticism.

Are you interested in American voices? Listen to your local community radio station. Over the next few months I’ll spotlight the artists, deejays, and producers of our public media and let’s see, if in fact, it’s worth that buck thirty-five. You already know what i think.



About Iaan Hughes

Iaan Hughes is a deejay on 91.3 KBCS in Seattle. He plays country & western music.
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