Media Matters Provides A Great Reason to Defund Public Television | Coyote Blog
Per the old saw, there is more than one way to skin a cat. Government also has more than one way to censor speech. The most direct is the one we tend to think of as censorship, government sends goons with guns to shut down the presses, beat the writers, and imprison as necessary to obtain its goals. But there is another nicer way of censoring.
If one has loads of money, as government does, one can buy the speech one likes in great gobs. Say, forcing public entities to buy art based on the size of the building, then forming an agency to ensure the art conforms to the states wishes. This means the art which the state likes and wishes to promote will be promoted extensively, and quite common.
In writing, if the state funds media outlets, and supports film, and other media based speech through the likes of NPR, or public broadcasting, as well as state, or national film funds, tax deductions, and the like, the films, television programing, and other media produced will be the type desired by government. This creates a "drowning out" of other speech situation where the government speech becomes so prevalent that it is ubiquitous.
This nicer form of censorship is still censorship, and should not be tolerated. The state should not control any of the levers of power over speech. The state should not be funding media, or film, or art. But it does, we've allowed it to inveigle its way into these areas, and this should stop.