Has anybody been following the fireworks surrounding stately old National Public Radio? You'd think Charlie Sheen was running the place, given how management is feeding the suspicions of its harshest critics. But aside from the perpetual debate over how far left NPR leans (less far than it used to, I'd say), the bigger question is whether the government should be in the broadcast business at all. The real issue isn't so much NPR itself, but the individual stations, particularly the small ones, often in less-populous areas. Should the government pay to support a radio outlet in the back end of Colorado or the North Dakota prairie? And add to that the PBS television issue, which always comes down to, whither Sesame Street? I'd like to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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