At a rally in Denver yesterday, President Obama talked about Romney’s promise to get rid of PBS and Big Bird:
“When he was asked what he would do to actually cut spending and reduce the deficit, he said he'd eliminate public television funding. So….But I just want to make sure I got this straight. He'll get rid of regulations on Wall Street -- but he's going to crack down on Sesame Street.”
ABC on PBS funding:
About 15 percent of PBS’s budget comes from federal funds. But for many rural stations, that percentage is much higher.
“Stations in rural parts of the country, where their parts of the federal funding is 40, 50, 60 percent, those stations will go off the air,” PBS chief executive Paula Kerger told CNN this morning. “The reach of our work is so extensive and so deeply rooted in education … the fact that we are in this debate at all is just incomprehensible.”