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PBS Statement Regarding October 3 Presidential Debate : PBS


ARLINGTON, VA – October 4, 2012 – We are very disappointed that PBS became a political target in the Presidential debate last night. Governor Romney does not understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation. We think it is important to set the record straight and let the facts speak for themselves.
The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about one one-hundredth of one percent of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating.

A national survey by the bipartisan research firms of Hart Research and American Viewpoint in 2011 found that over two-thirds of American voters (69%) oppose proposals to eliminate government funding of public broadcasting, with Americans across the political spectrum against such a cut.

As a stated supporter of education, Governor Romney should be a champion of public broadcasting, yet he is willing to wipe out services that reach the vast majority of Americans, including underserved audiences, such as children who cannot attend preschool and citizens living in rural areas.
For more than 40 years, Big Bird has embodied the public broadcasting mission – harnessing the power of media for the good of every citizen, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. Our system serves as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse.
Over the course of a year, 91% of all U.S. television households tune in to their local PBS station. In fact, our service is watched by 81% of all children between the ages of 2-8.
Each day, the American public receives an enduring and daily return on investment that is heard, seen, read and experienced in public media broadcasts, apps, podcasts and online – all for the cost of about $1.35 per person per year.

Earlier in 2012, a Harris Interactive poll confirmed that Americans consider PBS the most trusted public institution and the second most valuable use of public funds, behind only national defense, for the 9th consecutive year.

A key thing to remember is that public television and radio stations are locally owned and community focused and they are experts in working efficiently to make limited resources produce results. In fact, for every $1.00 of federal funding invested, they raise an additional $6.00 on their own – a highly effective public-private partnership.

Numerous studies — including one requested by Congress earlier this year — have stated categorically that while the federal investment in public broadcasting is relatively modest, the absence of this critical seed money would cripple the system and bring its services to an end.

Budget cuts sound reasonable, but Romney’s PBS jab was a shout-out to his extremist base. PBS promotes diversity, science and tolerance in its programs, and long been a target of the far right.

The point is not to cut PBS loose, the point is to kill its programming. It always has been the point.

(Source: silas216)

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Election cycles are football games.

No use complaining about the refs (Lehrer), the coaching staff (Axelrod et al), the QB (Obama), the cheap shot opposition (Romney), the game (election) is far from over.  Romney was a touchdown behind and managed to kick a field goal last night.  Cowboy up, control the ball (dialogue), take a shot at the end zone (go Wildcat with Clinton)  and do not play the prevent (play it safe) for the rest of the 4th quarter.

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The attitude of Joe Arpaio’s staff about not investigating rapes. This is an outrage.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Allen said the blame for additional victims lies with the abusers. “I understand our need as a society — and the media’s needs — that they want to point a finger of blame. We have accepted that this is partially our problem,” Allen said. “We’ve apologized for it.

"(But) if we had done more work and put somebody in prison, maybe they would have gone to prison and then killed some other inmate. Are we then responsible for that, too?" she asked. "At what point do you look at the situation and say, ‘Yeah, the agency screwed up; they’re trying to fix it. But the real responsibility for these crimes lies with the individual’?"

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/20120929sex-crime-mcso-failures.html?nclick_check=1#ixzz27yo4oNXS

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I didn’t find any signs of House GOP skinny dipping at the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  But I did find Mitt Romney’s jet ski.

I didn’t find any signs of House GOP skinny dipping at the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  But I did find Mitt Romney’s jet ski.

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Romney sends out his attack dogs

"There’s a pretty compelling story that if you had a President Romney, you’d be in a different situation."

—Former Bush special envoy Richard Williamson now Romney advisor talking about the attacks on U.S. embassies last week.

Funny thing is Williamson was involved in U.S.consulate attacks in Yemen, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. 

By the way the different situation would be perpetual war in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Iran, and Iraq.

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Iran is an existential threat…heard it before

“Iran is the center of terrorism, fundamentalism and subversion and is in my view more dangerous than Nazism, because Hitler did not possess a nuclear bomb, whereas the Iranians are trying to perfect a nuclear option.”

Bibi Netanyahu?  Not at all.  It is actually then-Prime Minister Shimon Peres in 1996, claiming Iran would be nuclear capable by 1999.