It's hardly surprising that The Washington Post would run an op-ed on Friday that argues about maintainting taxpayer-funded broadcasting in its current liberal-pleasing status quo. But it is surprising that the writers, Laura Walker and Jaclyn Sallee, would be so feckless in denying the bias of PBS and NPR. As usual they use a liberal poll instead of a content analysis:
Some will argue that public broadcasting should not be funded by the government it needs to hold accountable. But CPB's role as a buffer has worked remarkably well. The Pew study found that 72 percent of Americans feel that "most news sources are biased in their coverage." But they don't feel that way about public broadcasting - among the most trusted news sources anywhere.
These public-radio lobbyists are citing a poll by Public Policy Polling, a Democratic firm that works with the leftist website the Daily Kos. This year's poll found PBS was the "most trusted" news outlet -- but PBS was just added this year. Is someone trying to defend their taxpayer subsidies? They found 50 percent said they trusted PBS, and 30 percent did not. They surveyed 632 Americans in January, but did NOT ask: do you actually watch PBS? Could you name a PBS news anchor?