As Twitchy reported Tuesday, CNN’s Brian Stelter was quite intrigued by a new initiative in New Jersey that would allocate $5 million to support “civic information” — in part by using state funds to shore up local newsrooms struggling to stay afloat.
For a guy who works for CNN, Stelter didn’t seem at all bothered by the state helping fund news coverage. Aren’t they always complaining about how Fox News is actually state news now?
The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard is also intrigued by the idea, and compared the dollars per capita spent on public broadcasting in other countries.
Norway spends about $135 per capita each year on public broadcasters; Germany $107, the UK $86, France $55, and Canada $22. The U.S. spends about $2.25.
This week, though, one U.S. state took a step in another direction. https://t.co/khyRqVT9Yi
— Nieman Lab (@NiemanLab) July 5, 2018
Yes, the wrong direction.
Via @NiemanLab. "Norway spends about $135 per capita each year on public broadcasters; Germany $107, the UK $86, France $55, and Canada $22. The U.S. spends about $2.25."
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) July 5, 2018
There’s only one way to interpret those numbers.
Way too much by the US
— John Fletcher (@fletch563) July 5, 2018
About $2.25 too much. https://t.co/gIYjxX6TFX
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) July 5, 2018
And…we have more free speech than all of them.
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) July 5, 2018
NPR: We hate corporations, fast food, and the wealthy; but, we'll gladly accept over $200 million from the Ray A. Kroc fortune
Feds: Glad you guys don't need public funds anymore
NPR: No, We're still in need. We only have one HQ. We need lavish new facilities on both coasts
— Craig S. Bell (@craig_s_bell) July 5, 2018
Public broadcasting is an anachronism in the modern media world.
We should be spending $0 https://t.co/EFvkQPsWjM
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) July 5, 2018
Still too much. https://t.co/aHw5OmmGIJ
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) July 5, 2018
Why am I paying for someone to speak who I don't listen to, don't agree with, and wish would shut up?
— M (@resigned2rf8) July 5, 2018
Good, but we shouldn't be spending anything to subsidize left-fascist propaganda.
— TANSTAAFL (@TANSTAAFL20) July 5, 2018
Thats horrific. That’s $2.25 too much!
— Smittie™ *insert blue check* (@smittie61984) July 5, 2018
And every penny is a waste
— Nathan. (@nathan_295) July 5, 2018
We need to get that number to 0
— Michael (@MichaelCraig18A) July 5, 2018
The correct amount should be zero.
— James W Hicks (@JamesWHicks) July 5, 2018
Should be $0.00
— Barney Harvey (@AwakeandSober) July 5, 2018
Yeah, Republicans should totally pay Nina Totenberg more money. Good grief.
— Solotar (@Solotar) July 5, 2018
Anyone else remember when presidential candidate Mitt Romney was hounded by people in sketchy Big Bird costumes everywhere he went for wanting to cut PBS’ funding — and then “Sesame Street” inked a deal with HBO and went to pay cable? Good times.
What is with the fascination with being like the rest of the world?
I just don’t get it.
— B30Wu1f (@B30wu1f2) July 5, 2018
'Do you HEAR yourself?' Brian Stelter gets DRAGGED for floating this 'very STUPID idea' https://t.co/sSCtnj43Hl
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 3, 2018