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10/8/2012 11:24:00 AM
New Reader Poll: Funding PBS?

Mitt Romney promised in the debate to eliminate funding for PBS (think Sesame Street and Big Bird) if it means borrowing more money and creating more debt.



• PBS is worthy of taxpayer support.

• That's a tough one.

• If we can't find the political will to cut PBS, how can hope to balance the budget?

• If Romney can get away with that, what's next, our free Obama-phones?



Feel free to leave comments below. Poll is located on the home page, lower right.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Linda

"Tavis Smiley campaigned against the GOP on PBS, set up debates on black colleges. In one case, four GOP contenders dropped out making Smiley furious. He set up four empty chairs on the PBS platform, threatened the GOPers and took his rage far and wide."

Thank you for admitting that Clint Eastwood stole the idea from someone else.......


Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: joker wilde

Hey, all you of the uptight right ... do you really want only one party (Republican) in this country? One party representing all of America? If so, take a history lesson (one of the PBS programs will air on the subject soon, I'll wager). The lesson topic should be Hitler's Germany. Maybe working together would be preferable? I think it's worth a try.

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: Linda Athens

Nice try! For years, PBS has gone decidedly to the left, opposed the Fairness Doctrine for fear they might have to allow the right into the lineup.

I am aware of where it came from and it was never intended to be what it is now. A few examples.

Frank Gaffney's film was stripped from PBS because of his "day job" while liberal activism on the show is encouraged.

How about Bill Moyers and his impeach Bush Bandwagon a few years back. Bill Moyers Journal devoted an hour to two guests that agreed Bush and Cheney URGENTLY should be impeached. No balance there.

Tavis Smiley campaigned against the GOP on PBS, set up debates on black colleges. In one case, four GOP contenders dropped out making Smiley furious. He set up four empty chairs on the PBS platform, threatened the GOPers and took his rage far and wide.

Nancy Pelosi's far left wing Frisco district has for years benefited from PBS, taking multiple millions from PBS to make left wing films supporting their values (or lack of them) concerning social justice. Beware when the words social justice are used.

Taxpayer dollars have paid for a long list of anti Bush films on PBS but celebrating "progressive" ideas including their "sexual" values via ITVS.

And I am going to guess, you haven't watched a kids show on there in a very long time. You just might be surprised. Have a young grandchild in my home, I often see what is deemed children's viewing these days and the turn to the left there is astonishing starting with earth day and other environmental crap. And that includes PBS.

Like Big Bird? Good. Let sponsors pay for him like all other shows.


Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@OKR

"Sesame Street has become a leftist propaganda vehicle aimed at preschoolers."

I almost spit my coffee reading this. I laughed that hard. What's scary is that you, and others like you, actually believe it.


Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

@Trained Observor

"Why should funding for PBS be cut when we are giving billions (with a B) to oil companies as subsidies?"

Your question does not address why PBS should receive public funding.

Cut subsidies to oil companies. I am fine with that. Now why should PBS not be cut as well.

I suspect that if you respond it will be to simply name another example of corporate welfare and not to answer the question.

Hey, since you leftists are always yapping about how small the amount PBS gets from the feds is so small......you should have no trouble making it up in donations, right?

LOL


Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: Origional Kingman Resident

Sesame Street has become a leftist propaganda vehicle aimed at preschoolers. The messages are very progressive. I wouldn't let any preschooler I know watch it. Like NPR, I don't want it funded with my tax dollars.

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: Trained Observer

Why should funding for PBS be cut when we are giving billions (with a B) to oil companies as subsidies? These companies are not struggling in any way, in fact they are posting record profits. And in case you hadn't noticed, they are gouging everyone at the pump. Instead of building a refinery at the Canadian border, they are trampling on private property rights in order to install a pipeline that can pollute groundwater.
Oh and I am sure quite a few right wing families have enjoyed PBS throughout the years although they are probably really careful to filter those left wing programs like Antiques Roadshow.


Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: jack shepherd

look out! save all entitelments, if and only if you want america to be like the creecks. responsabel budgets would say if pbs is so sucessful why do they need our tax dollars. state run tv, is not for me.

Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Article comment by: stuart varon

lets do it the rightway, cut all corporate give aways, like oil,farm,and big bussines..while we are at it, tax free deductions, like gifts, churchs and all other tax breaks charity begins at home..take care of your own and let others do the same..corperations are people, remember what the mitt said...churchs are people too!!! no more deductions for gifts ...give if you like and pay taxes on it!!!enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: allan gleason

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@linda...

pbs was created by congress, not any president. it is not run by the government and has a board consisting of equal distribution of political parties. it is presently being run by a republican.

the federal government provides about 15% of the corporation's budget. the remaining 85% is actually provided by donations from private individuals and bequests. it may seem left wing, but has never promoted ideological favoritism, but has promoted american values!

finally, the american people are the primary holders of federal debt. china is only the principal foreign of us debt. in that regard, it is obvious that they value our t-bills as safe bets for them to store their money. what's wrong with that?


Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: az mac

article one section 8 says what the government can do.not on the list, not their job. nothing in there that says they can give money away for any reason. when the government gives money away for any reason it is against the constitution.

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: sturm gewehr

pbs is not worthy of my taxpayer support. there is occasionally outstanding programming available but if i want a blast of liberalism, i simply tune in to any pbs. i am fed up with hearing every minority on the planet whine about their respective struggles.

Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: doing research

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where's the answer that makes the most sense?

"pbs is a drop in the bucket - this is distracting from greater issues"

worrying about pbs as part of the federal budget is like being on a diet and worrying loudly if you've eaten one grain of rice too many.

c'mon kdm - this poll isn't even fun, it's just dumb.


Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: linda athens

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absolutely cut pbs. since when do we need to have a tv channel run by the government?

let them run it from donations. much of it is far left wing anyway. let the lefties push it.

when we are borrowing from china, we need to cut every penny we can. that includes pbs.

dump those cell phones too.


Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: frank lee speaking

@ansons nephew

"one-one hundredth of one percent of the federal budget funding"

such a small amount of money should not be difficult at all to raise from donations by pbs fans. oh wait, that would involve you spending your own money. scratch that idea, never going to happen.

one of the funnier things i came across today was a story about a guy named robert mackey, writing for a nyt's post who said:said how much they love big bird in places like france and brazil.

i guess they have their own language versions of sesame street. i cannot imagine they could get away without paying for use of the charecters. so simple solution.....charge them more. there is a much better chance of that happenng then of u.s. liberals making up the shortfall.

as always you try to deflect by saying stupid things like why not cut corporate welfare, etc. fine, cut them. but there is no reason at all why pbs should not be cut off as well.

actually, the one major thing impacting the budget is your affirmative action president. don't worry, we are trying to change that.

lol



Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012
Article comment by: anson's nephew

at one-one hundredth of one percent of the federal budget funding for pbs stations is indeed a worthwhile investment. willard the money hider and lil ayn ryan should concentrate more on the subsidies for oil companies and corporate welfare that are actual major impacts on the budget.



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