Senator Rips Public Broadcasting Funding, Salaries In Wall St. Journal Op-Ed
March 4, 2011 at 4:07 AM (PT)
In an op-ed column in the WALL STREET JOURNAL, Sen. JIM DEMINT (R-SC) makes his case for defunding public broadcasting and having PBS and NPR go private by taking aim at the networks' executive salaries and expenses.
"When presidents of government-funded broadcasting are making more than the president of the United States," writes DEMINT, "it's time to get the government out of public broadcasting." DEMINT notes that PBS President PAULA KERGER, who is appealing on the air to viewers to call their representatives to support continuing taxpayer funding for public TV, makes $632,233 in annual compensation, while NPR President Emeritus KEVIN KLOSE made over $1.2 million in compensation in 2009. He also criticizes President OBAMA's proposed increase in funding for the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING while "SESAME STREET" producers made over $211 million from merchandising in 2003-06 and SESAME WORKSHOP CEO GARY KNELL made almost a million dollars in 2008. "With earnings like that," DEMINT asserts, "Big Bird doesn't need the taxpayers to help him compete against the NICKELODEON cable channel's Dora the Explorer."
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