A reason not to vote Mitt Romney.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jan 29, 2012
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As if all this weren’t enough to dissuade us of his “moderate” status, now Mitt’s threatened to cut PBS funding:

PBS, [PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger] says, has always had bipartisan support in large part because it is an “effective public/private partnership.”…PBS only gets, in aggregate, 15 percent of its budget from the federal government — but it’s a percentage that is vital to smaller, poorer, mostly rural stations. “That money can not be made up. We try to leverage it very carefully.”

[She says] changing PBS to an ad-supported network would inevitably change what it airs because the network would be forced to show programs that attract advertiser-friendly crowds.

PBS, for example, continues to air ballet and modern dance, even though their ratings droop, because the service believes its important to present those arts to the viewing public. No ad-supported cable network would make a similar choice.

“There are a number of channels in the cable world that started out with really great ideas that they would be the commercial version of public television, and they went down very different paths.” For an example, she says, take History. “Programming like Pawn Stars and American Pickers is not the same as American Experience and Ken Burns …”

Despite the threats, this has been a good year for PBS…

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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