Mister Rogers’ Defense Of PBS Goes Viral

Turns out Mister Rogers is a YouTube star … he was just forty years early. In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon.

Of course now that Mister Rogers is long gone, only Big Bird is left to save PBS from the new Republican menace, Mitt Romney:

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  • Anonymous Commentor

    I like PBS, and I remember growing up watching Sesame Street as a kid, but c’mon! PBS has hundreds of, and I’m going to use the C word, CORPRATE SPONSORS. Sure at that point one could argue that it becomes just another network run by a corporation and not technically public, which means they could add or subtract different shows based on their own judgment, but you’re not going to get rid of Big Bird or reruns of Mister Rodgers or Curious George. Hell, look at PBS’s lineup now. It’s mostly cooking shows, BBC news reports and documentaries.

    PBS is a “free network”, I use quotations because you first need to buy a television set. If you have enough income to buy a television set, then you can most likely afford a DVD player. Let’s “Encyclopedia Brown” this quandary and assume someone bought a television from Goodwill. They probably
    could buy one of those Deep-Dish television sets from the 90s for $50. Just by looking at Walmart’s prices online I found a DVD player for between $25-30. That brings the price to watch PBS in the first place to $80 on the conservative side.
     
    This brings me to my point, if you are pissed that Romney is supposedly (and I say supposedly because politicians don’t always follow through with their promises, just look at any President…ever) getting rid of PBS that means you have a television. Televisions cost money. DVD players cost money. Typically, library cards are free, and libraries carry DVDs. Put all of this together and BOOM, fucking Mister Rogers singing jaunty tunes about not beating up the rich kid at school to your screaming, life-sucking child. Problem solved.

    Anonymous Commenter 2016!

  • Anonymous Commentor

    I like PBS, and I remember growing up watching Sesame Street as a kid, but c’mon! PBS has hundreds of, and I’m going to use the C word, CORPRATE SPONSORS. Sure at that point one could argue that it becomes just another network run by a corporation and not technically public, which means they could add or subtract different shows based on their own judgment, but you’re not going to get rid of Big Bird or reruns of Mister Rodgers or Curious George. Hell, look at PBS’s lineup now. It’s mostly cooking shows, BBC news reports and documentaries.

    PBS is a “free network”, I use quotations because you first need to buy a television set. If you have enough income to buy a television set, then you can most likely afford a DVD player. Let’s “Encyclopedia Brown” this quandary and assume someone bought a television from Goodwill. They probably
    could buy one of those Deep-Dish television sets from the 90s for $50. Just by looking at Walmart’s prices online I found a DVD player for between $25-30. That brings the price to watch PBS in the first place to $80 on the conservative side.
     
    This brings me to my point, if you are pissed that Romney is supposedly (and I say supposedly because politicians don’t always follow through with their promises, just look at any President…ever) getting rid of PBS that means you have a television. Televisions cost money. DVD players cost money. Typically, library cards are free, and libraries carry DVDs. Put all of this together and BOOM, fucking Mister Rogers singing jaunty tunes about not beating up the rich kid at school to your screaming, life-sucking child. Problem solved.

    Anonymous Commenter 2016!

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      3 words: Honey Boo Boo

    • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

      3 words: Honey Boo Boo

    • rtb61

       “BUT”, there ain’t no profit’s like Fox Network marketing junk food to obese children. Due you realise the amount of money Fox can charge for those commercials is based upon the number of viewers and any competition eats a those profits. OH MY GOD advertising free TV viewing in children time slot, THE HUMANITY.
      So how shallow is Mitt Romney really, how low can he go.

    • rtb61

       “BUT”, there ain’t no profit’s like Fox Network marketing junk food to obese children. Due you realise the amount of money Fox can charge for those commercials is based upon the number of viewers and any competition eats a those profits. OH MY GOD advertising free TV viewing in children time slot, THE HUMANITY.
      So how shallow is Mitt Romney really, how low can he go.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    Mr. Rogers single handedly saves PBS

    • Timothy Leary Byrnes

      Excellent perspective on that historical moment Chaorder Gradient; I dig it!

  • anon

    But maybe a ‘change’ is what America needs..

  • anon

    But maybe a ‘change’ is what America needs..

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