Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Budget would cut English-language broadcasts

I haven't decided yet whether or not I'd make the choice being presented to Voice of America. For many years I've held a strong attachment to the idea of sharing the best of American culture via these broadcasts. But given the budget situation, maybe cutting back in Europe to add more in the Middle East is the right move. Your thoughts? Here's the story as told on National Public Radio.

1 comment:

Miamista said...

Tell you what. As soon as the US gets rid of its laws against foreign broadcasts and even foreign ownership then we should be broadcasting into other people's countries. To make it fair we also have to limit it to finance at equal rates, or at least equal time... Furthermore do you trust politicians, supported by corporate and special interests to determine what are American values? I find it very problematic to say the least. Seems like we have enough problems ironing out government and ideals here. And could someone tell me again why the values we espouse in such broadcasts don't include nations offering the sort of workers rights, environmental protection, wage laws, social programs, etc. that keep us from being the Third World? And again, why don't they concentrate on some of the problems of America and our less than apealing historical events and social realities? No, I think it would be good to use the money to, say, deal with Miami's 63% functional illiteracy rate... BTW, even if we may disagree on this one, your blog is one of my favorites. I'm a longtime fan of bluegrass music too (having grown up for a bit of my life in VA.)