Vice Prez Gores Foes Of Public TV

Labeling public broadcasting “a national treasure,” Vice President Al Gore announced that the White House intends to battle Republicans “every step of the way” to preserve public TV and radio.

Gore offered the Clinton administration’s first defense of continued federal support for pubcasting during a March 2 speech at American University here. His speech came just before Republicans on the House Appropriations Committee voted March 2 to slash 15% from the Corp. for Public Broadcasting budget in 1996, and 30% from CPB’s budget for 1997.

Gore said he and President Clinton view public TV and radio “as a sound investment and a sound federal policy and a great value.”

Gore noted that taxpayers pony up just $1.09 per person per year for public broadcasting. “If you’re (“Sesame Street” character) Oscar the Grouch, that might be something to complain about…. “But if you’re like most Americans, you will see what a great value this is.”

House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has said he intends to “zero out” public broadcasting.

More TV

  • NFL Network Thursday Night Football on

    NFL Network Suspends On-Air Analysts Amid Sexual Harassment Probe

    Labeling public broadcasting “a national treasure,” Vice President Al Gore announced that the White House intends to battle Republicans “every step of the way” to preserve public TV and radio. Gore offered the Clinton administration’s first defense of continued federal support for pubcasting during a March 2 speech at American University here. His speech came […]

  • Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Ricky Martin.

    'The Assassination of Gianni Versace': 6 Things We Learned From FX's First Screening

    Labeling public broadcasting “a national treasure,” Vice President Al Gore announced that the White House intends to battle Republicans “every step of the way” to preserve public TV and radio. Gore offered the Clinton administration’s first defense of continued federal support for pubcasting during a March 2 speech at American University here. His speech came […]

  • Jimmy Kimmel Brings Son on Show,

    Jimmy Kimmel Brings Son on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' Asks Congress to Renew CHIP

    Labeling public broadcasting “a national treasure,” Vice President Al Gore announced that the White House intends to battle Republicans “every step of the way” to preserve public TV and radio. Gore offered the Clinton administration’s first defense of continued federal support for pubcasting during a March 2 speech at American University here. His speech came […]

  • TV News Roundup: 'Knightfall' Grows by

    TV News Roundup: 'Knightfall' Premiere Grows by 71 Percent in Delayed Viewing

    Labeling public broadcasting “a national treasure,” Vice President Al Gore announced that the White House intends to battle Republicans “every step of the way” to preserve public TV and radio. Gore offered the Clinton administration’s first defense of continued federal support for pubcasting during a March 2 speech at American University here. His speech came […]

  • Tax Plan Strikes Fear Among Below

    Hollywood's Below-the-Line Workers Anxious About New Tax Plans

    Labeling public broadcasting “a national treasure,” Vice President Al Gore announced that the White House intends to battle Republicans “every step of the way” to preserve public TV and radio. Gore offered the Clinton administration’s first defense of continued federal support for pubcasting during a March 2 speech at American University here. His speech came […]

  • Steve Edwards Good Day LA

    Veteran Anchor Steve Edwards Out at 'Good Day L.A.'

    Labeling public broadcasting “a national treasure,” Vice President Al Gore announced that the White House intends to battle Republicans “every step of the way” to preserve public TV and radio. Gore offered the Clinton administration’s first defense of continued federal support for pubcasting during a March 2 speech at American University here. His speech came […]

  • Rupert Murdoch Bob Iger Disney Fox

    Disney Nearing Finish Line With 21st Century Fox as Comcast Bows Out of Acquisition Hunt

    Labeling public broadcasting “a national treasure,” Vice President Al Gore announced that the White House intends to battle Republicans “every step of the way” to preserve public TV and radio. Gore offered the Clinton administration’s first defense of continued federal support for pubcasting during a March 2 speech at American University here. His speech came […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content