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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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151.

Ricky    

You Obama lovers are such a freakin idiot! How about you do some homework before you go and shoot your mouth off! CPB, which owns PBS, requested 445 MILLION dollars for this fiscal year. Now who do you think will be paying for that!?! I hope you don't think that is going to come out of Obamas pocket! Us, the taxpayers, of the United States will be paying for that when Obama raises our taxes AGAIN. If a company can't run on its own then cut it out! If I ask the government for assistance I get a letter saying to pack my sh$t. PBS should be no different. If that company is causing us to go even more in the negative, which it is, then something needs to be done about it! At least Romney is smart enough to realize it and has the balls to try to do something about it! All Obama is going to do is make our national debt get bigger and bigger by funding these big corporations wo can't run their own business! Get with the program people. If Obama gets in again, we ALL are screwed!

564 days ago
152.

Umm ok...    

TV is not free if you have an antenna anymore. People have to pay for cable or a service, then they also pay taxes to support PBS. So we pay for it twice. Do we watch PBS twice as much as any other network? Hell no, some of that crap is junior-high-history-class BORING! Why? Because PBS doesn't need to care if only 4 people are tuning in, they are laughing all the way to the bank. Bottom line: PBS can run commercials or people can pay extra to have that snoozefest running 24/7 in their home, but let's not borrow money from China to prop up a tv channel, that's just stupid.

564 days ago
153.

freaksloan    

I don't let my kids watch sesame street, it is nothing but a punch looney liberals trying to push their libturd ideas.

Just like everything on PBS. I am all for the cutting of all taxpayer funding of PBS and don't forget Public radio either.

564 days ago
154.

BigBoyBC    

PBS plays the "poor and needy" card all the time, but if you guys knew the truth about their income and the way they spend that income, you wouldn't be so sympathetic. Sesame Street doesn't need government money, they could survive quite easily on the sales of Sesame street merchandise alone.

564 days ago
155.

TheOriginalDonald    

LeVar, even Geordie LaForge can see you can't get out of a hole by digging deeper!

564 days ago
156.

Karla    

PBS already solicits money from people for their programming they can simply get all those that are so upset by this to give their money to keep it on. LeVar can contact all the Hollywood types and they can help. It is not just BB that is funded by this there is a host of other things and I am not sure why the gov't should be funding this anyway no matter now good it is. Seems to me someone should have been looking at a Plan B along time ago to become self sufficient.

564 days ago
157.

Cash    

I'm still voting OBAMA because he has much better views overall. Romney all of a sudden wants to be appealing an realizing he has to say all these lies cover ups an then change everything around when he gets in office.

KEEP PBS!

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mitt-romney-rid-health-care-reform/story?id=17197463#.UG5D3000V8E

564 days ago
158.

Cash    

If you played Sim City borrowing money is actually good. Same with the world. you don'y lose to have a loan you can actually gain that way... even faster.

So who cares if we borrow money from china so what. I rather keep funding to PBS.

564 days ago
159.

kristine    

OBAMA WAS GIVING THE KEYS TO A CITY ON FIRE. HE'S ACTUALLY PUTTING OUT SOME OF THE FIRES.
UP TO YOU WHETHER YOU WANT TO REELECT HIM OR HAND THOSE KEYS BACK TO THE ARSONISTS!


WAKE UP AMERICA!

564 days ago
160.

CriticXtreme    

Next welfare, social security, free medical services and free napkins!

564 days ago
161.

Kris Jenner and Kim K = money hungry plastic sellouts.    

YOU TELL EM LEVAR!!!

564 days ago
162.

NGMstudios    

With all going on in the country right now and abroad...you people are talking about this as an issue? Some even comparing this to what someone said they would potentially do to a television station funded by tax money that does not serve, nor should ever serve, as supplemental education. Some of these comments implying that the TV via the government is supposed to be educating kids? Please tell me none of you can vote.

564 days ago
163.

Realist    

LOL look at the liberals, already bashing Romney for something he didn't say, merely because the guy from Reading Rainbow said he said it. You all are so easily led. Say it with me.....NOWHERE did Romney say "cut PBS".....he said "fund yourselves"......like should have happened decades ago when Sesame Street became a multi-million dollar toy machine.

564 days ago
164.

Alice    

What's next on Romney list take funding from special need school???

564 days ago
165.

Melnick    

The feds only kick in 15% of PBS funding, which can be made up with some more contributions from those liberals always complaining that they don't pay enough in taxes. Cough it up!

564 days ago
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