They just can’t leave Big Bird alone, can they? This is from last Friday’s Washington Post:
A House subcommittee voted yesterday to sharply reduce the federal government’s financial support for public broadcasting, including eliminating taxpayer funds that help underwrite such popular children’s educational programs as “Sesame Street,” “Reading Rainbow,” “Arthur” and “Postcards From Buster.”
In addition, the subcommittee acted to eliminate within two years all federal money for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — which passes federal funds to public broadcasters — starting with a 25 percent reduction in CPB’s budget for next year, from $400 million to $300 million.
Are they just afraid of large, yellow avian life-forms that talk funny? Or, hmm, you don’t suppose they’re afraid of balanced public-affairs broadcasting, do you? PBS still produces some of the best programming on TV—not just children’s programming and public affairs, but science and the arts as well—and NPR remains the best source of varied and balanced public-affairs talk radio. Here we go around the block again to save Big Bird!