SUPPORTING GREAT TELEVISION

Funding Elmo: Yes, We Can Afford PBS

In Roundups on February 18, 2011 at 7:00 am

It costs every American just $1.35 a year to have “Sesame Street” and the other PBS and NPR shows. (Screen cap)

Here’s what caught my eye this week:

The House GOP’s plan to zero out PBS and NPR funding. Yes, the nation has big financial problems – but public broadcasting isn’t one of them. The budget fight is about priorities. Example: It will cost every American $560 this year to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – and $1.35 for public broadcasting.

Lara Logan. Too many viewers treat television news as another form of entertainment. It isn’t. The CBS News reporter’s brutal sexual assault in Cairo is a tragic reminder that journalism – no matter what medium it takes – is often dangerous stuff.

President of the World. I can hardly wait for MSNBC’s Presidents’ Day “documentary” on Bill Clinton’s post-White House life – but only because I am so tired of seeing promos for it.

The New York Times reveals several ESPN hosts have secret shoe deals. I’d give each one the boot.

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