Earlier today, Congressman Doug Lamborn introduced a new bill to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).
In the press release, Lamborn claimed that NPR and PBS, both of which are part of CPB, have shown increasing bias in political and social issues. For instance, he cited the recent PBS episode of Arthur which featured same-sex marriage. However, Alabama Public Television and the Arkansas Educational Television Network refused to air the episode. Moreover, he claimed that the “federal government cannot continue unconstitutional spending to subsidize media programs that are majority privately funded.”
“The Constitution does not grant the federal government the authority to subsidize media programming. Not only is this funding unconstitutional and wasteful, but it has also violated the conscience rights of many conservative and religious Americans. American taxpayers subsidized the CPB, the parent organization to PBS and NPR, to the tune of $445 million annually for the last two fiscal years,” he added.
This latest bill comes after earlier last month, NPR issued a guidance when it comes to discussion of abortion. At the time, NPR said, “The term ‘unborn’ implies that there is a baby inside a pregnant woman, not a fetus. Babies are not babies until they are born. They’re fetuses. Incorrectly calling a fetus a ‘baby’ or ‘the unborn’ is part of the strategy used by antiabortion groups to shift language/legality/public opinion.”
However, this won’t be the first time U.S. president has included defunding CPB in his budget as all of his budget proposal since he took office included similar proposals.