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Joe Scarborough warns GOP about defunding PBS

A new survey by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling showed that PBS is the most trusted TV news source. MSNBC host and former Republican representative Joe Scarborough says it's a finding the GOP should consider carefully.

He writes in Politico:

So the network that Republicans like myself have been trying to defund for years is now easily the most revered in America. ...

All other networks were mistrusted by a plurality of voters.

The survey's results will have little impact on future elections but Republicans should view the poll as another example of how political attitudes have shifted under their feet on issues immigration, universal background checks and now the public funding an institution that conservatives believe should financially rise or fall on its own merit.

PBS is partially funded by federal tax dollars and during the presidential election Mitt Romney famously said he would "stop the subsidy to PBS," despite having "love" for Sesame Street's Big Bird.

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