CNN's Christine Romans Deconstructs Trump's Plan To "Dramatically Reshape" Federal Spending
Romans: Proposal To Privatize CPB Is "A 50-Year-Old Wish List For Conservatives Who See Leftist Propaganda" On Public TV
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President Donald Trump’s preliminary budget proposal for 2018 would completely eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) with the aim of either privatizing or scrapping the nonprofit organization, which serves as a revenue hub for American public media. Trump first floated his plan to gut the CPB in January, and the proposal represents the culmination of a years-long right-wing media campaign to undermine public media outlets like NPR and PBS, which conservatives see as too liberal. In 2012, right-wing media falsely claimed that public outlets could replace federal grants with commercial funding as part of series of measures that would reduce federal spending by a minuscule amount. In response to that misconception, the organization’s CEO Patricia Harrison told CNN’s Brian Stelter “There is no viable substitute for federal funding that ensures Americans have universal access to public media’s educational and informational programming and services.”
Today on CNN Newsroom, chief business correspondent Christine Romans noted that the targeting of CPB would culminate “a 50-year-old wish list for conservatives who see leftist propaganda” on public television, but it would do nothing in terms of actually reducing government spending. From the March 16 edition of CNN’s CNN Newsroom:
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JOHN BERMAN (CO-HOST): Also new this morning, the White House budget, and we've never really seen anything like this before. There is a big boost in military spending, also Homeland Security, but huge cuts elsewhere, including eliminating entire programs. CNN chief business correspondent, anchor of Early Start, Christine Romans here with more. Romans.