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Gallagher v. PBS: What’s the Difference?

WASHINGTON—The Washington Times has reported that Education Secretary Margaret Spellings has urged PBS to refund taxpayer dollars used toward production and circulation of a cartoon program featuring lesbian parents.  The particular episode of “Postcards from Buster” was scheduled to air on February 2 in classrooms across the country.

This report comes just a day after Accuracy in Media (AIM) called for an end to taxpayer dollars subsidizing public radio and television broadcasts.  AIM Editor Cliff Kincaid says that it has become clear since Howard Kurtz of The Washington Post reported that Maggie Gallagher
accepted compensation for a story that the liberal media are only against taxpayer subsidies for journalists when conservative.

“The liberal media has found another conservative scalp, that of syndicated columnist Maggie Gallagher, to hang on their wall, along with that of Armstrong Williams. But the money involved in these two cases is peanuts compared to the $400 million being taken from U.S. taxpayers
every year to finance the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,” charged Kincaid.  “Yet we don’t hear any cries from the press about liberals on NPR or PBS getting government hand-outs.”

“It’s wrong to take this money and wrong not to disclose it,” said Kincaid. “But it’s also wrong to force the taxpayers to pay for public television and radio. The federal government should get out of the business of paying for journalism, whether it’s on the right or the left.”

Accuracy In Media (AIM) is a non-profit, grassroots citizens watchdog of the news media that critiques botched and bungled news stories and sets the record straight on important issues that have received slanted coverage.

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