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Friday, June 10, 2005

Republicans kill Big Bird

Serve him up as the main course at a GOP fundraising dinner.

The Washington Post reports today that A house subcommittee (ruled over by republicans)drastically cut founds for PBS and cut all funds for shows like "Sesame Street," "Reading Rainbow," "Arthur" and "Postcards From Buster."

The committee then decided to cut all funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting within two years.

In other words, while the GOP is willing to waste billions of dollars of our tax money to bumble around brainlessly in Iraq, it is not willing to fund programs that help teach American children to read.

Millions of American parents use the TV as a convenient baby-sitter, occupying kids to that parents can get a little work done around the house.

It is an imperfect solution, but to be able to have children at least watch a show where they run the risk of actually learning something does make one feel a little better about things.

For many parents the choice between a TV show that will teach the children to count and spell are preferable to the mindless drivle of commercial broadcasting, with all the violence and the incessant commercial interruptions urging children to demand that their parents buy overpriced, high sugar content, low food value kibble (breakfast cereal).......

Hmmm.......

You don't think........

Nah, it couldn't be that the real reason that the Right Wing wants to destroy Public Television and Radio is not because of the (nonexistent) liberal bias, but rather that PBS prevents the corporate media from programming children to be good little consumers?

I guess it is possible that corporate media might be unhappy that every minute spent watching or listening to PBS is a minute where they don't get to sell you something. So it's goodbye cookie Monster, hello commercials every five minutes to sell your children worthless crap and turn them into good little Republicans.

Personally, I think that after killing hundreds of thousands of people in the Middle East, this is the worst thing the Right has done in a long while.

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