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PBS releases statement, reminding America why it's important (and cheap)

03.17.2017

So, as many have no doubt heard, Trump plans to cut funding to the arts by slashing (or eliminating) the budgets for National Endowment For The Arts, the National Endowment For The Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. This includes funding to PBS.

Now, I don't want to get all political (actually that's a lie), but honestly that's not the point of this article. Because, as PBS mentions below, it has always had bipartisan support, so it's not a "liberal vs. conservative" thing, it's a "people who like PBS vs. people who want to cut funding to it" thing. Anyway, PBS sent out a statement about the situation:

PBS and our nearly 350 member stations, along with our viewers, continue to remind Congress of our strong support among Republican and Democratic voters, in rural and urban areas across every region of the country. We have always had support from both parties in Congress, and will again make clear what the public receives in return for federal funding for public broadcasting. The cost of public broadcasting is small, only $1.35 per citizen per year, and the benefits are tangible: increasing school readiness for kids 2-8, support for teachers and homeschoolers, lifelong learning, public safety communications and civil discourse.

Now I don't know about you guys, but I love PBS. From MR. ROGERS, to NOVA, to BOB ROSS, to READING RAINBOW, to SESAME STREET, PBS has had a plethora of shows that were well-researched and helped teach generations of children to read, socialize, and be creative. I grew up with many of those shows, and I'm sure many of you did too. Losing out on PBS would be a disaster in my opinion, and again, it doesn't matter who wants to defund them, or what party they're from. We need shows that promote learning for kids, and not trying to sell them fucking toys, goddammit.

I'll let Mr. Rogers take it from here:

Extra Tidbit: I still can't believe they had a GAME OF THRONES parody on SESAME STREET recently.
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12:17AM on 03/18/2017

Get rid of it

As mentioned below, Sesame Street is a moot point. As for the rest, I didn't know a soul who watched that crap when I was growing up. Outside of Mr. Rogers (another moot point), that stuff was cringeworthy as a kid.

What we have here is people getting hung up on the principle of cutting funding for this and spending more on things like defense. In reality, PBS programming is shit. There are countless other things the American taxpayer would rather be paying for. Let it die.
As mentioned below, Sesame Street is a moot point. As for the rest, I didn't know a soul who watched that crap when I was growing up. Outside of Mr. Rogers (another moot point), that stuff was cringeworthy as a kid.

What we have here is people getting hung up on the principle of cutting funding for this and spending more on things like defense. In reality, PBS programming is shit. There are countless other things the American taxpayer would rather be paying for. Let it die.
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9:39AM on 03/20/2017
So your point is "I don't like PBS shows, so nobody should watch them"? That's probably the same idiotic argument that Trump used. It'd be a shame to lose the massive amount of high quality programming on PBS and NPR thanks to folks like yourself who want to spend more money on jet fighters.
So your point is "I don't like PBS shows, so nobody should watch them"? That's probably the same idiotic argument that Trump used. It'd be a shame to lose the massive amount of high quality programming on PBS and NPR thanks to folks like yourself who want to spend more money on jet fighters.
12:07PM on 03/20/2017
The first and most important role of a central government is common defense. Building and maintaining a strong military is the one thing that individuals can't do on their own, unlike coming together to create shows that have no accountability to produce or viewership standards to get renewed, instead relying on ever-flowing tax revenue. Why in the world should taxpayers pay for programming that competes with shows on Nick, Disney, and other networks that are funded privately and do it far
The first and most important role of a central government is common defense. Building and maintaining a strong military is the one thing that individuals can't do on their own, unlike coming together to create shows that have no accountability to produce or viewership standards to get renewed, instead relying on ever-flowing tax revenue. Why in the world should taxpayers pay for programming that competes with shows on Nick, Disney, and other networks that are funded privately and do it far better? What "high quality programming" is such a "shame" to lose? Name one show.

And NPR is the bottom of the barrel, a caricature of itself to the point of self-mockery. The only weenies who support it don't even listen in, they just love the idea of a liberal echo chamber disguised as a public news organization. Just ask Juan Williams.
5:38PM on 03/20/2017
Ah, I understand. You're ignorant. You don't know any programming on PBS and therefore don't care if it goes away. Since you're a warmongering Trump fan who calls NPR listeners "weenies", I can see why you want to deny kids the same sort of educational programming that "liberals" grew up on.
Ah, I understand. You're ignorant. You don't know any programming on PBS and therefore don't care if it goes away. Since you're a warmongering Trump fan who calls NPR listeners "weenies", I can see why you want to deny kids the same sort of educational programming that "liberals" grew up on.
10:10AM on 03/21/2017
Way to prove my point -- you can't name a single show. Let alone an essential one that's such a "shame" to lose.

And of course I don't want kids being raised on liberal programming -- no reasonable parent would. It's brainwashing of the highest order, preaching concepts completely disconnected from reality. Like the idea that taxpayers should have to pay for bad TV to be made, for example.
Way to prove my point -- you can't name a single show. Let alone an essential one that's such a "shame" to lose.

And of course I don't want kids being raised on liberal programming -- no reasonable parent would. It's brainwashing of the highest order, preaching concepts completely disconnected from reality. Like the idea that taxpayers should have to pay for bad TV to be made, for example.
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8:43PM on 03/17/2017

Shut it down.

Nobody needs a public television, nobody has the right to forced to pay for it if we don't want to. Public television is a socialist shit that need to be shut down.
Nobody needs a public television, nobody has the right to forced to pay for it if we don't want to. Public television is a socialist shit that need to be shut down.
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9:06PM on 03/17/2017
I suppose we should let our roads crumble and get rid of police and fire departments, yeah? America has always been parthe socialist, idiot.
I suppose we should let our roads crumble and get rid of police and fire departments, yeah? America has always been parthe socialist, idiot.
9:43AM on 03/20/2017
Well, you're obviously trolling for fun, but no. You're wrong. It's not 'socialist' to have a publicly funded educational television station that's also supported by corporate grants and viewer donations. Are you seriously complaining about the 1.35 your taxes give to PBS each year?
Well, you're obviously trolling for fun, but no. You're wrong. It's not 'socialist' to have a publicly funded educational television station that's also supported by corporate grants and viewer donations. Are you seriously complaining about the 1.35 your taxes give to PBS each year?
7:45PM on 03/17/2017

We NEED PBS

I grew up watching & learning from the shows on PBS. When I became a parent I couldn't wait to share these shows with my kids. Having seen them, they love them every bit as much as I did & have also really attached to some of the newer shows that spun off from the 1s I grew up with like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Not to mention the things that they learn are invaluable. We are a homeschooling family & the programming available through PBS is a wonderful tool for us to have access to. I
I grew up watching & learning from the shows on PBS. When I became a parent I couldn't wait to share these shows with my kids. Having seen them, they love them every bit as much as I did & have also really attached to some of the newer shows that spun off from the 1s I grew up with like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Not to mention the things that they learn are invaluable. We are a homeschooling family & the programming available through PBS is a wonderful tool for us to have access to. I honestly can't imagine a world without PBS.
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7:41PM on 03/17/2017
PBS needs money given as much as Bill Gates needs money handed to him. We live in a competitive market and if half of these shows can't exist on their own merits then maybe they should be questioning their content.
Sesame St is a perfect example of a show that does not require funding. One of the most successful children's shows of all time and viewed worldwide. This show needs no support it will survive because it's popular and its content valued.
PBS needs money given as much as Bill Gates needs money handed to him. We live in a competitive market and if half of these shows can't exist on their own merits then maybe they should be questioning their content.
Sesame St is a perfect example of a show that does not require funding. One of the most successful children's shows of all time and viewed worldwide. This show needs no support it will survive because it's popular and its content valued.
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9:41AM on 03/20/2017
The whole point of PBS is to present high quality programming without the need for advertising. They're funded by taxpayer funds as well as private donations from viewers and corporate grants. Without the taxpayer support they've had, Public Broadcasting will die very quickly and we'll lose all of that.
The whole point of PBS is to present high quality programming without the need for advertising. They're funded by taxpayer funds as well as private donations from viewers and corporate grants. Without the taxpayer support they've had, Public Broadcasting will die very quickly and we'll lose all of that.
6:23PM on 03/17/2017

PBS is an entertainment and educational network, it needs to be preserved

For those who complain about the relevancy of this on a website that discusses entertainment, default to IMDB that only discusses the latest trailers and celebrity gossip. A site, such as Joblo, should cover more than just the latest movie news coming down the Twiiter pipeline. That being said, I hope PBS retains most of its funding to continue to deliver great and informative content as its been doing for decades. Those who firmly believe that cutting PBS, and other public networking outlets,
For those who complain about the relevancy of this on a website that discusses entertainment, default to IMDB that only discusses the latest trailers and celebrity gossip. A site, such as Joblo, should cover more than just the latest movie news coming down the Twiiter pipeline. That being said, I hope PBS retains most of its funding to continue to deliver great and informative content as its been doing for decades. Those who firmly believe that cutting PBS, and other public networking outlets, funding as a means to expand further military operations, you've got to be kidding me.
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7:31PM on 03/17/2017
Roy Batty, well said! i agree w/ you.
Roy Batty, well said! i agree w/ you.
6:00PM on 03/17/2017

Who cares

Get back to the movie news
Get back to the movie news
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7:33PM on 03/17/2017
[link] you're kind of a jerk. also this site covers TV as well as movies. so this article about PBS is on topic. don't like it? tough crap.
[link] you're kind of a jerk. also this site covers TV as well as movies. so this article about PBS is on topic. don't like it? tough crap.
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