"The President's budget proposes eliminating federal funding for PBS and NPR. Contact your representatives, or make a donation today, and stand up for Mountain Lake PBS."
Eliminating federal funding for PBS is entirely inimical to the interests of Republicans and the Administration because it removes a balanced (i.e., it sometimes calls out Republicans and the Administration, while sometimes also pointing out the good side of Republicans and the Administration) source of legitimate news, leaving the reporting field to be increasingly dominated by Breitbart's (which no one outside of the Administration and its Bittereinders takes seriously) and Don Lemon of the CNN and Valley Girl Megyn Kelly (who are basically screamers and shouters deluding themselves--and no one else--into thinking they are in the same class as Walter Cronkite and Howard Cosell, in that regard differing from Sargon and Kraut and Tea's mob only in that the former bash the Administration while the latter pour out hagiographies of the Administration.)
If one's only news source for things American is either Breitbart's or the CNN, one could be forgiven for thinking that America is currently in a state of civil war, particularly if one has logged less time at the YouTube outrage racket than I have logged at the urinal.
(Those of us who do not regard 2016 and 2017 as year zero, you see, remember what it was like in the 1970's. Those who are not old enough to remember what it was like in the 1970's can see for themselves what it was like by reading Professor Dominic Sandrook's Mad As Hell, William Graebner's Patty's Got A Gun,and Jonathan Mahler's Ladies And Gentlemen, The Bronx Is Burning, which inspired a superb, similarly-titled ESPN mini-series that I cannot recommend enough. Long story short, oh ever-whinging Junior G-Men of 2017, what you are seeing today is nothing more than a fart in a teacup compared to what things were like in the 1970's. The way you whinge, you would soil your drawers the second you step out of the TARDIS and into the 1970's.)
So, yeah, if all you read or listen to is Breitbart's and the CNN, you have an extremely distorted view of the way America actually is. PBS turns down the amplifiers that are Breitbart's and the CNN, compensating for their distortion by providing a more sober examination of things as they are. For example, almost everyone on the planet with access to what the legendary, one and only Fred Reed refers to as the lobotomy box, and what the legendary, one and only Eli Cross refers to as the Intar-Web has seen candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's fourth rate, juvenile bampottery masquerading under the euphemism "Presidential debates" last fall. What those who thought to look at PBS, particularly Mountain Lake PBS, also saw that many YouTubes gods-in-their-own-minds of both the SJW and anti-SJW brands of carnie barkers did not, or could not be bothered to look at, was this civilised debate between the candidates for New York's 21st Congressional District (Plattsburgh and the Adirondacks.)
The incumbent, Republican Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and her Democratic challenger, US Army Colonel Mike Derrick, bore little to no resemblance at all to Trump and Clinton. In fact, it is almost as if they exist in a separate universe. They do not. They simply behaved like professionals while Trump and Clinton behaved like slobs. Breaitbart's (and Sargon) will tell you that Clinton represents the entirety of the Democratic Party. The CNN and Valley Girl Megyn Kelly will tell you that Trump represents the entirety of the Republican Party. PBS, by showing the above debate, proves that Clinton is not representative of all Democrats and that Trump is not representative of all Republicans.
Trump is famous for, inter alia, advocating "grabbing women by the pussy." If all you listen to is Don Anderson of the CNN and Valley Girl Megyn Kelly, you would think that all Republicans are like that. In real life, however, Congresswoman Stefanik--who won her bid for re-election and who is never mentioned by the CNN or Breitbart's--tweeted that she was attending a hearing of a working group chaired by fellow Republican Congresswoman Colonel Martha McSally (a US Air Force A-10 Warthog Driver who successfully sued Rumsfeld to get US servicewomen in Saudi exempt from wearing the hijab) "on women in the workforce and what companies are doing to support female employees." Here is video of that hearing.
Don Anderson of the CNN and Valley Girl Megyn Kelly will never report this because it presents a real-life, and admittedly far less sensationalistic, alternative to the "grab her by the pussy" line that has allowed them to dine out at Tavern on the Green for weeks. Bannon and Breitbart's will never report this because it shows Republicans who are willing to listen to the grievances of working women, which means that, if they reported this, their pals Sargon and Kraut and Tea would immediately apply the scarlet letter of "cuck" to them. To a 1980's surface warfare ossifer like Bannon, who, as far as is known, does not hold the Combat Action Ribbon, being called a "cuck" would be emotionally crippling. To someone like Colonel McSally who saw combat raining hell from above from her beautiful Warthog during the Global War on Terror--and who also commanded an entire squadron of beautiful Warthogs during the Global War on Terror--what some yobo Ronnie and Reggie Kray impersonator and Amon Goeth impersonator calls her on the Intar-Webs is not likely to mean a hell of a whole lot.
Republicans in general and the Administration in particular need nice, normal, sane Representatives like Congresswoman Stefanik and Colonel McSally to balance out the crazy of Bannon, Breitbart's, Sargon and Kraut and Tea. Neither Breitbart's nor the CNN nor Valley Girl Megyn Kelly are likely to talk about either Congresswoman Stefanik or Colonel McSally because nice, sane people simply do not make for good entertainment, particularly when that entertainment poses the world in Manichean, apocalyptic terms. That is a powerful reason why the Administration and Republicans in Congress need to preserve PBS. PBS shows that not every Republican is Bannon, Sargon and Kraut and Tea.
Republicans and the Administration further need to preserve PBS because PBS, as a general proposition, provides a detailed counter-narrative to the apocalyptic sermons of Breitbart's, Sargon, Kraut and Tea, the CNN and Valley Girl Megyn Kelly. You see, about a year and change ago, New York Democratic Governor (Premier, First Minister, Minister-Präsident) Andrew Cuomo set out to hike the minimum wage all across the State to 15%, no exceptions. An aside is necessary here.
For non-Americans and non-New Yorkers, New York City does not comprise the entirety of New York State! Look at this map.
You will see New York City all the way at the bottom, like an eye on the fish that is Long Island. New York City, though populous, is but a fraction of the landmass of New York State. New York State has roundabouts 36,000 farms, accounting for 7 million acres, or 23% of the State's landmass, and which render New York State a leading agricultural producer, something you would not know if you, like Andrew Potter, get the entirety of your concept of New York from the shows Friends and Sex in The City.
What does this have to do with Governor Cuomo's initial proposal to jack up the minimum wage to $15 per hour? The following. I remember last year Wooly Bumblebee, a superb artist in her own right who honchoes Anti-Intellectuals and who is also promoting this rad new site AkkadianTimes.com, and her husband Mr. Bumblebee arguing for a blanket $15 hike. Bannon, Breitbart's, Sargon and Kraut and Tea would simply dismiss Wooly and Mr. Bumblebee's arguments on this issue by the "SJW" ad hominem. The CNN did not even cover this issue, even though their host Chris Cuomo is the brother of Governor Cuomo (guess Chris Cuomo does not have much pull over Sargon imitator Don Anderson.) In contrast to Bannon, Breitbart's Saron, Kraut and Tea and the CNN, Mountain Lake PBS explored the hike to a $15 per hour minimum wage in detail, showing how, although it might work for New York City, it would be deleterious to both the agricultural and hospitality sector, as well as to small businesses and low-wage workers, in Upstate New York. Here is the video.
Again, one cannot be blamed for thinking that the above occurred in a universe entirely other than that which Bannon/Breitbart's, Sargon, Kraut and Tea, and the CNN inhabit. But it is indeed the same universe we are talking about, and it is brought to you by PBS. Now, what did Democratic Governor Cuomo do in reaction to hearing civilised objections to his proposed minimum wage hike such as the one in the above video? He modified his minimum wage hike to accommodate the vast differentials in the economies of New York City and Upstate, giving the latter a longer schedule, with built in periodic economic reassessments, to implement the hike.
Compared to #Mizzou and all the riots at the rallies of 2016 Presidential candidates, Governor Cuomo's detailed, considered modifications to his minimum wage hike constituted a singularly unspectacular, unsexy story, which is why it made neither Breitbart's nor the CNN. But it happened and PBS covered it. In doing so, PBS offered evidence of an America that neither Breitbart's nor the CNN offered to their respective droogs, an America that was NOT on the brink of civil war but rather one where people with opposing ideas and ideals could work together to find a viable compromise.
PBS, in other words, offers Republicans evidence that America is not at the stage of the apocalypse. PBS offers sanity over sensationalism. PBS shows that America is indeed working, and working well, in parts. PBS, in other words, serves as an effective antidote to Breitbart's and the CNN's serial "end of days" line, an antidote which helps damp down radicalisation and polarisation into SJWs versus the alt-right. With 2018 not that far away, it is in Republicans' and the Administration's interest to have and show evidence that their is still room for sanity in America. Voters who see sanity are less likely to be voters who engage in protest votes, in "vote the bastards out" campaigns.