Mike Lester by Mike Lester

Mike Lester

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  1. dtroutma

    dtroutma GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Back in “commercial television” days, PBS, radio and TV was a way for people to connect to the world, it still is, in a manner not biased by advertisers. It uses the public airwaves, which belong to all of us. Current funding comes mostly from subscribers and donors. The purpose of “commercial free” is to NOT have “news” influenced by private corporate interests, like well Faux, and cable. Gee, remember when paying for cable was supposed to also free us from commercial advertising because we’d pay the cable companies?

  2. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Seseme St is one show, not an entire network.

  3. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 3 years ago

    We don’t have the money. This type of spending has to stop. If we can’t cut here tan we’re in real trouble.

  4. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, over 3 years ago

    So simple. Wipe out a $16 trillion debt by removing funding for PBS. Why didn’t Obama think of that? No wonder he doesn’t deserve to be president.

  5. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, over 3 years ago

    Once again you take a simple example and call it the entire plan. The reduction of government spending would “include” things like PBS. PBS would not be the only program looked at for funding reduction.

    Why do we need to use taxes to fund things like PBS? Balsim asks “when was the last time you heard classical music on Fox?” Well, I don’t turn on fox to listen to classical music. I have purchased several CD’s with various artists to enjoy. But I can turn to PBS and I can contribute to PBS IF I want to do that. So all you wealthy liberals and conservatives who want to see PBS continue to broadcast in your area can open that wallet and give them money. If the tax rate goes down then you will have a little extra. Or maybe you do not believe in charitable giving like your man Biden.

    And Trout, if you wish to foot the entire bill for your cable company then keep it up. Cable was not designed nor did they promise to bring you commercial free entertainment. It was an advance in technology that brought television into areas with little to no reception. It was a new market not yet exploited and not guaranteed to succeed. But if you want commercial free you can opt for premium channels (you pay more taking the place of some advertisers). I was there at the beginning as well. I know what went down.

    But back to big bird. How much of their revenue stream do they contribute to insure PBS stays on the air?

  6. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    The difference between a “public” member station and a “private” affiliate is a big one. As with so many other things the GOP sets out to destroy (they are after all a party of destruction — not building), the highest toll comes in the smallest communities.

  7. denis1112

    denis1112 said, over 3 years ago


    Air America did real well didn’t they?Couldn’t pay their bills because no one listened to their “stuff”.The same would happen to PBS and NPR if they weren’t on the dole from US tax payers.Just look at the ratings for the lame stream news nerds.Not that many are watching.

  8. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    PBS gets 450 million from the govt, a drop in the bucket.

  9. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    Most PBS affiliates get as much as 50% of their operating costs from the government. The rest comes from viewers and private donors, so cutting the budget won’t affect Big Bird, but could shut down channels across the country. People also seem to miss the point about the children’s programming: the idea is that parents can let their children watch entertaining educational programs without being bombarded by toy commercials every seven minutes. The news shows are also unbiased by corporate interests. Just because they don’t always praise the right doesn’t make them leftist, it just shows two sides to each story.

  10. Farley55

    Farley55 said, over 3 years ago

    I have to laugh at the rather effete liberal idea that the government should fund PBS stations so that farmers and minorities can be exposed to classical music. Maybe the broadcast signals will go farther if we put the PBS towers on top of your ivory towers.

  11. sw10mm

    sw10mm said, over 3 years ago

    Another odd part of the toon no one wants to mention is that now the Norwegian University of Science and Technology doesn’t agree with all the tree huggers that love the electric vehicles like the volt. They say they have twice the global warming potential of traditional vehicles.

  12. Jase99

    Jase99 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    “Ever watch PBS? It’s the most left leaning liberal force fed to the country. About as left as BBC and we know who pays for that.”

    Sounds like your way of saying PBS and BBC value truth and facts. If PBS were actually leftist as you and your partisan cohorts claim, it wouldn’t broadcast the “conservative” leaning pundit shows in ti’s programming line up. As for the BBC, I highly doubt you know the facts of how it’s funded.

  13. Archimedes

    Archimedes said, over 3 years ago


    So why is PBS not beholden to the donors then? Oh wait it is. So instead of the market determining what is on, the donors like Soros do.

  14. neuturn

    neuturn said, over 3 years ago

    Do you not believe there is a product out there for every cultural group? If there wasn’t they would have trouble keeping all of the other content on cable or local television. They could then run a fund raiser for the music and arts if needed as that group is a big part of their fund raising.

  15. Radish

    Radish GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    One if he’s rich enough.

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