CBS Defends NEA, ‘Art Needs Subsidy to Be Alive,’ Not the Marketplace
Nicholas Fondacaro | April 23, 2017 10:56am ET
During CBS’s Sunday Morning, the network dedicated their “cover story,” which lasted over nine minutes, to railing against the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts. “With the proposed cuts in federal funding for the arts would hurt their program but not shut it down, but the same cannot be said for groups in other parts of the country,” whined host Jane Pauley while using the New York Youth Symphony as a political prop.
In the segment narrated by Erin Moriarty, she complained that “Last month, the Trump Administration unveiled a proposed budget that defunds the National Endowment for the Art, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.”
She noted that the NEA’s budget was slashed in the 90s after the agency was accused of supporting “offensive art.” “But the Trump administration said this time the cuts aren't about taste but taxes and struggling taxpayers,” she reported. But Moriarty wasn’t buying it, “This, despite the fact that all together funding for these agencies makes up less than 2/100ths of a percent of the federal budget.”
This, despite the fact that all together funding for these agencies costs taxpayers close to $1 billion.
“Art needs subsidy to be alive! You cannot just have the marketplace determining what is done,” angrily declared Rocco Landesman to Moriarty. According to Moriarty, Landesman was a former chairman for the NEA, but she never disclosed that he was appointed in 2009 by former President Barack Obama.
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