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LeVar Burton OUTRAGED

Over Romney PBS Attack --

He's Destroying Our Kids!

10/4/2012 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former "Reading Rainbow" host LeVar Burton is PISSED after Mitt Romney threatened to cut PBS funding last night -- telling TMZ, Romney would be stealing an invaluable educational resource from underprivileged children.

LeVar tells us, "I am personally outraged that any serious contender for the White House would target as part of his campaign the children of America in this fashion."

"Educators across the country, as well as millions of children and adults know that the programming on PBS has been responsible for significant improvements in education, literacy, math, science and life skills for generations of our children."

In case you missed the Presidential debate, Mitt promised to cut funding to PBS claiming it isn't an essential government expense -- but LeVar's firing back, claiming, "PBS represents .00016% of our nation's budget, yet this free resource benefits kids across all economic circumstances."

He adds, "Defunding PBS directly punishes the less fortunate by removing this trusted and extraordinary educational resource available to all."

"On behalf of America's children, I can't stay silent. I encourage you to join me in fighting this short-sighted and frankly mean-spirited attack on our children."

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Majestik    

How do the underprivileged afford a T.V. and cable?

749 days ago
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Gretel    

I love Reading Rainbow. I like a lot of PBS shows, not just the children's programming. American Experience is a great show. It sounds kind of corny but we need that kind of programming. Let's compare: Reading Rainbow versus Honey Boo Boo

749 days ago
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whatever3    

That's what he gets for being a liberal. hahahaha!!

749 days ago
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Leslie Wilson    

I agree with him completely.

749 days ago
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JW    

LeVar Burton is absolutely right.

749 days ago
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whatever3    

Nobody watches that crap on PBS......get rid of it.

749 days ago
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kemry    

The money can be raised elsewhere. Big Bird is not going to 'die'.

749 days ago
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lynn    

Talk about desperate, is this all the libtards have to cling to after that absolutely embarrassing mess last night?

749 days ago
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Marty    

Why should we borrow money from China and give it away to a TV station?
Levar Burton, step up to the plate and get all of your Hollywood cronies together and pay for PBS yourself. Don't go playing an "Al Sharpton" on us and claim we's need to pay!

749 days ago
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Eli7798    

These are stupid distractions, we can't keep borrowing money we don't have to pay for stuff we don't need! Romney was spot on and said what needed to be said!

749 days ago
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jack    

I think the point is that we can't afford to be spending money on the nice to haves, rather we need to regroup and get our act together on what we need to have. Kind of like making a budget, gee I'd love to have cable but can't afford it and food at the same time.

749 days ago
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jj    

Don't be upset because Obama went flat! PBS is the least of America's problems. Big bird is a thing of the past anyway. Today's world is internet, games, x box, ipod, ipad, iphone ect....Of course nobody want to get cut but we have to start somewhere!

749 days ago
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John Newtion    

He's not axing PBS. He's axing government funding of PBS. Why does PBS need government funding? Because it has the word "Public" in it? PBS is doing just fine from contributions for listeners and from the unconscionable revenue from Sesame Street products.

749 days ago
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keri    

TMZ you guys aren't stupid, so write stupid ****. The point Romney was making, was that we shouldn't be borrowing anymore money from China. LeVar Burton is an idiot.

749 days ago
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static    

STFU LaVar, PBS can start selling advertising like everyone else.

749 days ago
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