Friday, October 05, 2012

Easy Ways to Save PBS from Romney!

PBS (publicly funded, commercial free television) is under attack. For more than 40 years, programs such as Nova, American Experience, Frontline, Antiques Roadshow, Masterpiece Theater, and so many more, have educated and enlightened, entertained, and expanded the minds of hundreds of millions of people of all ages.  Generations of children have gained unmeasurable knowledge watching Sesame Street, the Electric Company, Liberty's Kids, Arthur, Wishbone, and many, many more.  It's free and available to anyone with access to a television.

The other "educational" networks in the United States are not free.  If you don't have cable, you won't get the kind of "learning" these networks provide, and these pay-for networks get a little less educational every year.  Prime time on the History Channel is likely to bring you "Pawn Stars" or one of its two spin-offs.  The Learning Channel gives us "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" and "Toddlers and Tiaras".  Arts & Entertainment serves up "Storage Wars" and "Hoarders".  The Discovery Channel brings us "American Chopper" and "Texas Car Wars".

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with these programs, but can they match the lifelong learning and service to the public that PBS has offered Americans from all walks of life for decades? If Mitt Romney wins the election, he's promised to eliminate public funding for PBS.  It will become just another private corporation beholden to its stockholders (and not the American public), depending on commercial revenue and will, in all likelyhood, no longer be free to the public. 

Easy things you can do to take a stand and protect PBS:

  • Change your Facebook profile picture to that of your favorite Sesame Street character during the rest of the election season.  It shows solidarity with PBS in a very non-threatening manner. Here is an album of potential pics you can use.  Or find a good one online and use it. Let your friends know why you're doing it!
  • "Like" PBS and your local PBS stations on Facebook if you haven't already.
  • Write letters to your local newspapers.  The US Newspaper List has links to thousands of newspapers across the country.
  •  Talk about it! Tweet about it! Help everyone understand what is at stake if PBS ceases to be a not-for-profit, publicly funded network.

And most importantly, if you want to save Public Broadcasting, DO NOT VOTE FOR MITT ROMNEY!


locomotivebreath1901 said...

Uh, excuse me...

Big Bird makes more money than Mitt Romney, but is still on the government dole.

This seems to confirm that liberals endorse corporate welfare - but only for those 'correct' corporations.

L A Little said...

If Sesame Street were the only program on PBS, I'd say you have a point. But it isn't. Nova and American Experience don't have the same kinds of licensing opportunities that Big Bird and his friends enjoy. "Big Bird" doesn't get any money from the government. The federal subsidy for PBS goes to local PBS affiliates, so that they can broadcast commercial-free educational programming to Americans from coast to coast.