Jacquie Jones examines the role of public media in America:
Public media is once again on the chopping block.
Friday, the House of Representatives passed a bill that withdraws all public funding from NPR. Even an amendment that would have allowed for some federal money to pass through to NPR for the sole purposes of facilitating Amber Alerts failed. The Senate is expected, however, to vote down the bill. But that’s not the end of it. The House is then expected to introduce another bill that would, if passed, completely cut federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the entity, which, in part, funds NPR as well as PBS, local public broadcasting stations, content makers and other service providers.
This dizzying outcry against public media is not new.