As I was listening to the presidential debate back on Oct3, I knew Mitt Romney was going to have it bad when he pledged to cut federal funding for public broadcasting. Oh yes, fans of the cuddly creatures from Sesame Street and other shows on PBS, such as documentaries, are sure to start their hate parade. In fact, there is actually going to be one on Nov 3, called the Million Muppet March, when protesters will gather at the National Mall in Washington, DC, to defend PBS and Sesame Street.
The line Romney uttered is still booming across many people's minds: "I like PBS, I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too," [Referring to debate moderator and host of PBS NewsHour Jim Lehrer]. "But I'm not going to _ I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."
I'm not going to unleash my wrath about cutting out my favourite childhood TV show (along with the other millions of angry Americans). Looking beyond the avian icon, some people may be missing the real point about the gravity of the situation: why is a public broadcasting service so important?