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PBS Chief Lashes Back At Mitt Romney Over His Comments To Cut Funding From The Public Broadcasting Channel

Romney Vs. Big Bird: GOP Candidate Vows To Cut PBS Funding, Internet Roars To Defense

It was only a matter of time before PBS CEO Paula Kerger fired back at Mitt Romney for his comments about the future of Big Bird’s home during last night’s Presidential debate when Romney told moderator veteran Jim Lehrer, “I’m sorry Jim, I’m gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I like PBS, I love Big Bird, I actually like you too, but I’m going to stop borrowing money from China to pay for things we don’t need.”

CEO of PBS Paula Kerger a day later has given her reaction and has said that it was “stunning” how Mitt Romney singled out the network. Kerger, who spoke with CNN’s Carol Costello on Thursday morning, made sure that everyone knew what was on her mind in regards to Romney’s comments about the future of Big Bird’s block, saying:
“With the enormous problems facing our country, the fact that we are the focus is just unbelievable to me.”

The highlight of Kerger’s interview was when she brought the debate’s focus on education back around, saying that PBS is “America’s biggest classroom,” she continued, “This is not about the budget. It has to be about politics.”

This isn’t the first time she has rumbled with Mitt Romney. In fact, she spoke out against his stance on TV funding back in January when Romney criticized the public funding that PBS receives. Kerger had said at the time that she recognized “the United States has to make tough budget decisions” but “defended PBS as an effective public-private partnership.”

This time around sometime after the debate, PBS released a statement aimed at Mitt Romney, stating,

“We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves. The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.”

The statement went on to give the facts, stating,

“Earlier in 2012, a Harris Interactive poll confirmed that Americans consider PBS the most trusted public institution and the second most valuable use of public funds, behind only national defense, for the 9th consecutive year.”

For over 40 years, Big Bird and his friends have been teaching children many lessons, growing generations while keeping relevant with the times.

Do you think Mitt Romney’s comments about Big Bird were out of line?

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14 Responses to “PBS Chief Lashes Back At Mitt Romney Over His Comments To Cut Funding From The Public Broadcasting Channel”

  1. Tom Kohls

    he puts all his $$$ overseas and pays less tax than most and has the bad taste to go after the best programing on tv;this while spending the $$$ he has in his pocket on car elevators and giving 100 mil trust funds to kids while those #' don't add up. he can spend his $$$ the way he wants but to go after pbs and to jim leherer shows what a bully he is! it seems like poor taste at best. he could have mentioned a thousand other things. but he goes after leherer and pbs…i don't know""".

  2. DREGstudios! Art & Design

    The dynamic duo of Romney and Ryan would drive the entire economy into a nose dive as long as it benefits the richest Americans. They'll even destroy our beloved Big Bird and anything government-funded which stands in the way of making the rich richer. Income inequality is endangering the Middle Class and making paupers of us all who don’t have those millions upon millions of dollars. Read more about the role of Romney’s riches in this election and the power of his sacred undergarments at The working class of our country can’t AFFORD to allow this election to be bought and sold!

  3. Jane Owen Eason

    PBS should be funded with advertising, or private funds. It is a good channel, but government should not be in the business radio or TV.

  4. Gail Poverman-Kave

    Don't people get it? A well informed, well educated society will question it's leaders. Romney and the like need a dumb, uneducated, obedient country to do their bidding. PBS is a threst to these people because they offer intelligent, cultural, educational and tbought provoking programs that reach even the poorest of people. Believe it or not, thete are inner city and rural kids who don't have 500 channels on the tv so PBS is what they watch – and from where they can learn. As for advertising and private funds – PBS receives money from both of those sources. Due to government cuts in funding there are actual ads

  5. Darren Olenick

    I watched "Sesame Street" growing up. I love "History Detectives" on there now. They also did a great show on the Dover creationism trial. Not to leave out Nova, as well.

  6. Brady Russell

    If you think kids are too smart. Tree's look bad in Forests and National Parks should be strip mined and Hill topped Romney is your Man.

  7. Beverly Davis

    Please give me some understanding about what you mean. Goverment and tax paying dollars should help PBS, Romney is just so wrong. He needs to Contribute the money that he doesnt pay in taxes and takes all the exemptions that he can along with the Cayman islands, and maybe we wouldnt have to borrow from his second home"China" Boy what they could tell us about his investments but don't…Wow! Oh and by the way..I contribute to PBS..Do you?

  8. John Paul

    I love PBS and think there is little to be gained by cutting their funding but I'm curious to know the amount of money being donated by the people that are reacting to this. If those people donate 20 dollars a year, they would not need the subsidy. – Just a thought…

  9. Gail Poverman-Kave

    He and those who support him just don't freakin' get it!!!!!

  10. Carmela Marsala Griffo

    It seems to be a trend … keep people down and afraid …. the new leadership skills!

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