Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Gutting Big Bird and Friends

I suppose that the reichwingers enjoy getting their news from commercial sources like Fox, etc...but I for one really do believe in public radio and broadcasting in general. It is simply refreshing to have news stories presented in snips as long as 10 minutes rather than be subjected to the battering ram of commercial television.

Having contributed to public radio and the like for a long time, I have put my money where my mouth is, but I certainly think that keeping the "public" in PBS is a great investment (and paltry at that in comparision of some other government spending; e.g. prisons, war, etc...).

Filet of Big Bird is on the plate for the repubs and it looks like they are, in short order, serving us shotgun-pellet-laced fowl for dinner instead.

Do little boys and girls out there know how to spell "spite"? For those who don't, the House Republicans who voted last week to gut federal support of public broadcasting - from "Sesame Street" to well beyond - are offering a graphic demonstration as they attack one of the nation's more valued institutions. The Appropriations Committee voted not only to end taxpayers' support for next year's children's shows on public radio and television (yes, "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and "Postcards from Buster," too), but also to close out entirely the $400 million in federal support of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting - the aid funnel to local stations - across the next two years.
End Slice:

You can help, by supporting your local stations with cash contributions or signing the pettition over at Moveon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

With every vice a virtue intertwined

$400m is not a lot of money. Public TV/Radio serves a lot of freeloaders. The smart ones will pay if they must.

Time is the only nonfungible commodity. Commercials are mostly a waste of time. Smart people will pay to avoid them.

Anything good on TV today will be available on DVD in a year or two. Pay today to see it on PBS. Tivo it (only a few use their time to learn how to program a VCR). Or pay for the DVD and be a year out of the loop. There is no free lunch.