The MRC spokesman says he puts no credence in "the idea that there's not enough money out there" among "the people who actually like and watch [public radio and television] with its liberal agenda" that those fans of NPR and PBS "couldn't get out there to support it." And it is outrageous, he adds, that Democrats like New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey always pull out "Big Bird" when cutbacks are threatened.
...But popular and useful shows like Sesame Street are not the public radio programs that require help, Noyes points out. "It's the programs that are unpopular," he says, "like Now, which was Bill Moyers show -- now it's David Brancaccio's show -- [it is those programs] that simply offer far Left Wing propaganda that need the public subsidy to stay on the air."
What is hard to justify, Noyes insists, is "why PBS, out of all the television stations out there, and NPR, out of all the radio stations out there, are the only ones to get a public subsidy, and everybody else has to compete in the marketplace."
First, according to Media Matters, Now receives no funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Now's primary (sole?) underwriter is Mutual of America Life Insurance Company. Once again, the MRC simply has its facts wrong.
Not only does MRC have its facts wrong, its pushing contradictory policies. MRC wants the marketplace to decide what our children watch. But, MRC doesn't want the marketplace decide what adults watch, if adults choose to watch Desperate Housewives or chicks kissing.
Consider, finally, what MRC leaves out. MRC ignores the appointment of a staunch Republican chair to to head the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Kenneth Tomlinson. MRC ignores the growing conservative voices on PBS. MRC plays its members for sheep.