President defends pubcasting, says proposed CPB cuts are “political statements”

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President Obama defended public broadcasting in a press conference on Friday (March 11), reports The Hill.

“I think it’s going to be important for us to have a conversation after we get the short-term budget done, about how do we really tackle the problem in a comprehensive way,” Obama said. “And that means not just going after Head Start or Corporation for Public Broadcasting. That’s not where the money is.”

“These aren’t really budget items; these are political statements,” Obama said.