Well, in order to have at least some informed, educated people in this country, I'm afraid we're going to have to continue to subsidize PBS. Maybe PBS cannot survive on market factors alone, but this only shows how little the market values the availability of the quality journalism required to maintain a minimally decent democracy. Fox, CNN, MSNBC don't really have much journalism, they have entertainment.Are you saying that all those shows on PBS are so crappy that they can not survive without the aid of tax payers? Tax payers shouldn't be aiding/subsidizing failing businesses.
It's hard times for real journalism. Newspapers can't survive on their own any more either. And is this only because of the availability of online sources of journalism? I think not, I think it has to do with people's preference for entertainment over news, information and education. And this is bad! And a menacing omen for our future. PBS is more needed than ever. If you manage to kill off PBS, it will mark a historic turning point: the official descent into the idiocracy.