Donald Trump wants to destroy PBS.

Donald Trump and his administration want to cut off funding for the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities as well as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which is the primary source of funding for PBS, NPR and other, non profit organizations. Funding these programs only accounts for 0.007% of the total $4 trillion federal budget, so why are they being targetted?

The answer is simple. Politics. Trump's administration, as well as the GOP in general, try to pander to the idea that they are fiscally responsible. Targetting the arts and humanities is attemping to show they are trimming the fat off the budget and only using our tax dollars on the esentials. Does spending .007% of the budget on enriching the arts and humanities seem like more of a waste than spending countless billions constructing a wall that expects say will have zero impact on illegal immigration? They aren't affected by these cuts, but the people are, especially young children with limited access to educational materials.

Why is PBS so important?

PBS is an a non-profit organization that operates independently with assistance from the federal government through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as well as donations from foundations and individual citizens. The majority of it's funding is distrbuted to over 1,400 locally owned public radio and television stations. It is not a corporate entity, but Donald Trump seeks to cut funding which would result in the privatization and commercialization of PBS. Currently, PBS operates without commercials or ads and provides free programming to anyone who has access to affiliated TV stations.

The privatization and commercialization of PBS would result in a standard, bought and paid for TV station, most likely void of the majority of its educational content. Sesame Street airs its programming for free on PBS, something that has entertained as well as educated children for decades. We would lose a national treasure as it would only be available on paid cable, out of the reach of low income families and children. The fate of locally owned radio and television stations would be in jeopardy too. Most content on the air is commercialized these days and public funding is the only way most of these stations can exist.

What shows would be in Jeopardy?

Sesame Street
PBS Newshour
Bob the Builder
This Old House

All of the shows PBS currently airs for free.

  • African American World
  • America's Test Kitchen
  • American Experience
  • American Masters
  • Antiques Roadshow
  • Ask This Old House
  • Austin City Limits
  • Baking With Julia
  • BBC World News America
  • Bill Moyers Journal
  • Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions
  • Charlie Rose
  • A Chef's Life
  • Ciao Italia
  • Everyday Food
  • Frontline
  • Globe Trekker
  • Great Performances
  • Green
  • History Detectives
  • Hometime
  • Independent Lens
  • Madison
  • Martha Bakes
  • Martha Stewart's Cooking School
  • Masterpiece
  • Mercy Street
  • Mexico: One Plate at a Time
  • The McLaughlin Group
  • Men at Work
  • MotorWeek
  • Nature
  • National Geographic Specials
  • New Scandinavian Cooking
  • Nightly Business Report
  • Nova
  • P.O.V.
  • PBS NewsHour
  • Rick Steves' Europe
  • Rough Cut1
  • Secrets of the Dead
  • Sewing with Nancy
  • Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska
  • Sit and Be Fit
  • A Taste of History
  • This Old House
  • Tavis Smiley
  • The Victory Garden
  • Washington Week
  • Wai Lana Yoga
  • The Woodwright's Shop

PBS Kid's Shows.

  • Arthur
  • Bob the Builder
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
  • Curious George
  • Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
  • Dinosaur Train
  • Nature Cat
  • Odd Squad
  • Peg + Cat
  • Ready Jet Go!
  • Sesame Street
  • Splash and Bubbles
  • Super Why!
  • Thomas & Friends
  • Wild Kratts

While some of these shows would persist, they would be moved to stations not readily accessible by poorer citizens. Sesame Street would only be available on HBO, for example. The majority of these shows don't fit into the paradigm of modern commercial television, and they would most likely be cancelled. Educational television is vital but as we have seen with stations such as TLC, The History Channel and The Discovery Channel, it often is not commercially viable, and would be on the chopping block if PBS were to be privatized.

Our Goal.

Our goal is simply to bring awareness to Donald Trump's plans to gut public broadcasting and abolish federal funding of the arts and humanities. Social pressure is shaping American politics more than ever, but it only works if people are aware and have their voices heard. We cannot let one administration destroy a mainstay of public art and education since it was put in place by Lyndon B. Johnson in the early 1960's.

There are many ways for individuals to contribute. You can write to your local representative in Congress, inform others or donate directly to PBS here. We also have merchandise that you can purchase with 100% of the profits going directly to PBS. You'll also be raising awareness by simpling donning a t-shirt that will surely get people's attention.

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