On Capitol Hill, the head of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting defended the federally funded nonprofit Wednesday against President Trump’s call to eliminate funds to the agency. This is Maryland Republican Rep. Andy Harris, who accused the corporation of political bias after the documentary “The New Black,” by director Yoruba Richen, aired on Maryland PBS stations.
Rep. Andy Harris: “It was called 'The New Black.' It says, quote—this is from their website—and I’m now—I’m going to get to the agenda issue. It says, 'This film documents the political race for marriage equality in Maryland from the perspectives of LGBTQ African Americans, their supporters and those who are against marriage equality.' I know a lot of people who don’t like the term 'marriage equality.'”
CPB President Pat Harrison warned that President Trump’s proposed cuts would “destroy public media’s role in early childhood education, public safety, connecting citizens to our history, and promoting civil discussions.” Trump has also proposed zero funding the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.