Public Broadcasting Mobilizes Against Romney

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

As Mitt Romney says, it doesn’t make sense to borrow money from China to pay for public TV or radio. But terminating the funding is easier said than done. The reason: there are more than 900 local public radio stations and more than 350 local public television stations which receive support from the taxpayer-financed Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and lobby for the money. These entities put enormous pressure on Congress.

The CPB, which supports the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), receives approximately $450 million annually from federal taxpayers.

“I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS, and I like PBS,” Romney said in the debate. “I love Big Bird. I, actually, like you too,” referring to PBS moderator Jim Lehrer.

“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS” is a strong statement. How will he do it? And what will the campaign do now that the public broadcasting entities are waging a political lobbying campaign against Romney’s proposed cuts?

We at AIM ran up against this lobbying power in 2005 when we commenced an effort to educate members of Congress on the need to eliminate the subsidies. “AIM urges George Soros, Ted Turner and other liberal elites to step forward and take American taxpayers off the hook for the $400 million being spent annually on public broadcasting,” we said at the time.

In fact, Soros did contribute $1.8 million to National Public Radio in 2010 but the federal funding has also continued.

Right after the Obama-Romney debate, KCET, a Southern and Central California public television station based in Los Angeles, sent an email: “This week, we heard from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney who made mention of his plans to cut federal funding for public media. As we all know, this would work to destabilize all public media organizations, which still receive federal funding from CPB, including KCET.”

This sky-is-falling scaremongering is probably being replicated by other public TV and radio stations.

PBS itself said, “We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation.”

The public broadcasting establishment is clearly fighting back, demonstrating the difficulty of cutting spending for liberal pet projects.

Defending PBS, CEO Paula Kerger told CNN’s Carol Costello, “We’re America’s biggest classroom.”

This is unfortunately the case, as Tina Trent and Mary Grabar wrote in the AIM report, “PBS: Re-Educating America’s Schoolchildren, Thanks to Your Contributions.” This re-education is designed to make kids into left-wing activists and followers of Barack Obama.

Romney has mentioned cutting PBS funding several times, as we noted in our report, “Romney Wants to End Federal Funding of Public TV.” But he has not offered any specific plan to do that. And if he wants to work with Democrats in Congress, as he did with Democrats in the Massachusetts legislature when he was governor, he has to explain how he intends to fight them on this subsidy.

Meanwhile, as part of the push against Romney on this issue, Association of Public Television Stations President Patrick Butler said in a statement, “Governor Romney’s call for the elimination of federal funding for public broadcasting during last night’s debate has generated an extraordinary—and overwhelmingly negative—public response.”

The liberal media do not comment on the propriety of taxpayer-supported entities lobbying against a Republican candidate and for more subsidies. In effect, public TV and radio have become part of Obama’s campaign.

On the state level, there is some progress, however. Florida Gov. Rick Scott vetoed the state’s nearly $4.8 million appropriation for public broadcasting.

In Virginia, Governor Bob McDonnell vetoed $424,000 from government-subsidized radio and television. He said, “When I took office, I pledged to refocus state government on its core functions by finding ways to make government more efficient and effective, and to wisely spend the hard earned money of Virginia taxpayers. In today’s free market, with hundreds of radio and television programs, government should not be subsidizing one particular group of stations. We must get serious about government spending. That means funding our core functions well, and eliminating spending on programs and services that should be left to the private sector. This is a smart, practical budgeting decision to make Virginia government smaller and more efficient and save taxpayer dollars.”

After the debate, at a rally in Madison, Obama joked, “But I just want to make sure I got this straight. He’ll get rid of regulations on Wall Street, but he’s going to crack down on Sesame Street. Thank goodness somebody is finally cracking down on Big Bird. Who knew that he was responsible for all these deficits? Elmo has got to watch out.”

In fact, the money has piled up and is not a joking matter. AIM had documented back in 2005 that public broadcasting entities had received over $8 billion from the taxpayers since their creation.

Writing in the Boston Herald, in trying to explain Obama’s debate performance, Joe Battenfeld wrote, “Maybe Mitt Romney’s threat to cut off the legs of the lovable ‘Sesame Street’ Muppet traumatized President Obama.”

It is certainly the case that Romney touched a nerve. American taxpayers should monitor their local public TV and radio stations for improper political campaigning against Romney and protest the use of their tax dollars in this manner when it occurs.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].


Andrew McCarthy: Rule of Law, Equal Protection Threatened Under Obama DOJ

Accuracy in Media

Andy McCarthy twice addressed the AIM “ObamaNation: A Day of Truth” conference. The author and former federal prosecutor discussed the Obama Justice Department, under the leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder. McCarthy successfully prosecuted the Blind Sheikh, Omar Abdel-Rahman, for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

“What we’re seeing in this administration,” said McCarthy, “is not only an out-of-whack choice about what their priorities ought to be, but the actual use of political philosophy in deciding who gets prosecuted, and how cases get conducted—and that, for somebody who’s been inside the Justice Department, is an unbelievable thing…If you have a situation where the Justice Department is using politics in the actual enforcement of the law, then you don’t have the rule of law anymore, and you don’t have equal protection under the law anymore.”

In a later talk at the conference, McCarthy discussed his new book, Spring Fever: The Illusion of Islamic Democracy, which we will post in the near future. He also gave an interview at the conference, where he said that what’s happening in the Middle East “is not the spontaneous outbreak of democracy,” but rather the ascendancy of Islamic supremacism. McCarthy also observed that the only countries that practice slavery today are Islamic countries. He said that America and Islam are two different civilizations and that while we’re a freedom culture, in Islam “liberty is subordinated to ‘order’…sharia law.”

He added that what the media largely ignore is the fact that there is serious persecution of religious minorities throughout the Middle East. He indicated that of the worst 50 countries that persecute religious minorities today, 36 of them are Muslim countries.

You can watch his interview here:

And you can watch his talk on “Eric Holder’s Department of Injustice” here; or you can watch it here along with the transcript.


True The Vote Formally Responds to Rep. Cummings’ Accusations

Logan Churchwell
[email protected]


HOUSTON, TX. October 5, 2012 ― True The Vote (TTV), the nonpartisan election integrity organization, formally responded to Maryland Congressman Elijah Cummings’ factually bankrupt allegations today in an open letter.

“As stated in a letter dated October 1 to your colleague Senator Barbara Boxer, I believe we agree on many common goals, such as the right of every American to have the opportunity to participate in a fair and legal electoral process,” True The Vote President, Catherine Engelbrecht said. “As an esteemed Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, it is important that you are apprised of all the facts. Your open letter dated yesterday and comments to CNN this morning demonstrate a second-hand knowledge or poor staff- researched understanding of our organization’s activities.”

Engelbrecht raised awareness to ongoing concerns regarding election integrity, stating, “Election integrity is a serious concern across the nation – the state of Maryland is no exception. In this year alone, as reported by The Washington Post, a federal congressional candidate seeking to join Maryland’s Congressional Delegation was forced to resign from her race by Democratic Party officials after alleged felony double voting was uncovered in her voting history. This week, True The Vote turned over 99 similar cases to authorities in New York, Ohio, Florida and Rhode Island.”

Finally, Engelbrecht offered to help resolve the issue quickly: “It is both obvious and unfortunate that you are not familiar with all of the details of the mission or methods of True the Vote. This letter serves as an effort to coordinate a convenient meeting time in your Washington, D.C. office, during which I can brief you and your staff about our program and help dispel any misconceptions you may have.”

The open letter has been made available to all interested parties here.

True The Vote (TTV) a nonpartisan, nonprofit grassroots organization focused on preserving election integrity is operated by citizens for citizens, to inspire and equip volunteers for involvement at every stage of our electoral process. TTV empowers organizations and individuals across the nation to actively protect the rights of legitimate voters, regardless of their political party affiliation. For more information, please visit www.truethevote.org.


The Council Has Spoken! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results – 10/05/12

The Watcher’s Council

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

Even taking into consideration the normal high level of quality in both the Council and Non-Council entries, this was a tough call with some exceptional pieces to choose from, and the close vote tallies reflect it.

This week’s winner, The Noisy Room’s Infiltration, Treason, Jihad – Welcome to The Project, is a great examination of something most Americans are unaware of… the Muslim Brotherhood’s detailed and covert plan to subvert the west and put it under sharia and Muslim rule. Here’s a slice:

The Blaze aired a special last week in two parts called The Project. Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.

As I have contended from the very beginning, Obama and his minions are corrupt beyond belief. It is my belief that Obama is actively facilitating the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Islam in an effort to bring America to her knees and usher in not only Sharia law, but a worldwide caliphate. This week, I am going to summarize for you the content of The Project and what it means to Americans. Time is growing short, we are entering the third and final phase of a very, very evil plan.

In 2001, an Islamic manifesto called The Project was discovered in Switzerland. This document is a plan to carry out a quiet coup within the United States through indoctrination, subversion and infiltration at all levels of our government and through key positions in education and other influential positions such as the media. Fast forward to 2008 and the Holyland Foundation Trial. This showcased the largest terror financing trial in US history. There are 80 boxes of evidence, including The Project, that have been made available by our government to the accused enemies of America, but which, to this day, are being withheld from our leaders and the American people. Barack Obama, Eric Holder and Janet Napolitano cite national security, but have given the terrorists a free pass to review the documents. I contend, that if they haven’t already done so, that Obama and his colleagues will destroy those documents because they implicate Obama and his administration in outright treason by aiding and abetting the Muslim Brotherhood. If Obama loses this election, he will most likely do two things: 1) He will release the Blind Sheik and 2) he will have those 80 boxes of documents destroyed if he hasn’t done so already. Obama will remain faithful to his Muslim roots and his anti-colonialist leanings. Remember Obama’s words:

”The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.”

In our non-Council category, the winner was Ace of Spades with The Normative Power of Law and the Emotional Power of Drama, submitted by Joshuapundit. It’s a fascinating look at exactly how laws and rules work, the message they send and how it applies to our tacit acceptance of Islamist violence. Do read it.

Okay, here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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