Recently PBS has come under fire. Ok, so I totally don’t get this. They provide amazing entertainment that 91% of U.S. families, 236 million people a year, enjoy and that’s a bad thing? Many in that 91% do not have cable or satellite TV because they cannot afford them. Should their children not watch Sesame Street? Should they not watch Andreas Bocelli in Italy sing? I bet we could all find plenty to cut from the government budget that is true waste. PBS is not wasteful spending!Photo Courtesy of the Save Big Bird Facebook Page!
From CNN, “After Romney’s attack, the CEO of PBS, Paula Kerger, commented that “with the enormous problems facing our country, the fact that we are the focus is just unbelievable to me. We’re America’s biggest classroom. We touch children across the country in every home. Whether you have books in your home or computer or not, almost everyone has a television set.”
This recent brou ha ha (I’ve never written that before- had to google how to spell it!) made me think- what do I enjoy on PBS?
Well aside from the obvious Big Bird and Elmo, I simply LOVE Downton Abbey– I even wrote a post about it last year. I also adore their specials- the ones with Barbra Streisand and Placido Domingo come to mind. I have heard that their new series, Call the Midwife is excellent. And who knew that PBS has an amazing ipad app? I downloaded it yesterday and began watching Call the Midwife (for free, mind you) as I waited in carpool line. I’m already hooked.
Not only should PBS continue getting government funding, we all also should make donations. This is an amazing showcase of arts and culture that should and WILL continue. There is plenty of government waste – PBS is not the line item to cut!
So that you will now be hooked on Call the Midwife also, here’s the preview:
No one compensated me to write this post. All opinions are my own. Don’t cut PBS! I do give money to PBS so I put my money where my mouth is. I encourage you to do the same.
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