From today's NYTimes editorial
The challenge is to keep public television not merely alive but vibrant. If this Congress and president make their political mark on PBS, what's to stop the next president from doing the same? Politicians should not be allowed to trim public broadcasting to their liking.
Indeed, what stopped Clinton from casting public broadcasting to his liking? Nothing, which is why it's being pulled back to more sensibility now. And why wasn't the NYT up in arms when PBS was pushing the social consciousness envelope, choosing instead to get uppity only when conservatives pressured PBS not to shove lesbian relationships on preschoolers?