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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter vs. Idaho Public Television

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In his State of the State address earlier this year, Otter announced his plan to phase out all public funding of Idaho Public Television, leaving the station to depend on its private donors. Otter admitted he didn't watch the station, and that's probably why he forgot that public funding of IdahoPTV is what allows for the broadcast of the state legislative session each year. When the TV folks said they ran the risk of having to limit broadcasts to Southwestern Idaho without the funds, Otter seemed to think IdahoPTV was all sorts of praiseworthy. In the end, the Legislature declined to cut funding to the station. Maybe it's an example of why we should all watch Nature, Masterpiece and Sesame Street instead of professional wrestling.

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