McDonnell Launches Ideological Attack on Public Broadcasting


    Waldo Jaquith has more.

    Gov. McDonnell is again proposing cutting all funding for public broadcasting, though this time he wants to eliminate all funding-$2M/year-that the state spends on this public/private partnership. State funding provides about 15% of the budget for most public broadcasters, with that state contribution serving as the kernel from which the stations raise money. Clearly this is not about the money-the return on that investment is enormous, and it’s precisely the sort of government outsourcing that McDonnell. No, this is ideological, and his base is going to eat this up…

    My take on this is twofold: 1) McDonnell really is a Regent-“trained,” Pat Robertson-style, right-wing Republican to his core; and 2) McDonnell is desperate to find issues where he can get steal a tiny bit of thunder from right-wingnut hero Ken Kookinelli.  Given McDonnell’s long list of failures on so many other fronts, and his growing irrelevance as governor and as leader of Virginia Republicans, it appears that defunding public broadcasting will have to do for now.

    • blue bronc

      Bob “killer of women” McDonnell wants to expand beyond killing women to killing Elmo.

    • Tom

      I assume by return on investment you mean it’s the the PBS stations that get a high return given your remark that the state taxpayer’s 15% of the stations’ revenue forms the “kernel” of their total revenue.

      Actually, I had thought that the Fed. government’s taxpayer-funded contributions was larger than the state’s contribution, but apparently I was mistaken. But this point is a bit off-topic. My only question is how we the Virginia taxpayers get a “huge return” on our investment, and if that is what you meant what is the amount of return and how was it calculated ?

    • Tom

      But maybe you know the answer(s) as well.