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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
EXCLUSIVE

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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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181.

Kevin Collings    

Now that funny, Mitt want's to take a stand against the China, but when look at his tax returns he was invest in a Chinese company that did business with IRAN. How about that Republicans?

750 days ago
182.

Bill    

If this is so important why doen't Burton fund it? Why should the government fund everything when the private sector is just as capable and has better accountability!

750 days ago
183.

jrcole    

i am tired of spending my tax money to set someone elses kids in front of a tv all day they need to be outside playing or the parent teaching them things instead of sitting all day watching pbs .

750 days ago
184.

Reading Crossbow    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlAIJXxpEeE&feature=plcp

750 days ago
185.

abuckhorn    

Vote Gary Johnson!!!! He will cut the Military instead. Besides Mitt you Dumbass It's called Public Broadcasting, it is funded by the public!!

750 days ago
186.

Jary    

Seriously!! Listen to yourselves...We are BORROWING money from China to pay for this! If we had the money to pay for it I would say continue to pay for it but the fact is that we do not... Have you seen the deficit? There has to be another way of raising money to pay for this.

750 days ago
187.

Justsay Nohan    

That's because Romney sends all his kids to private school and pays for at-home tutors if they need help.

To him, PBS is as useless as a $1 bill or a car without a mini-bar in the backseat.

750 days ago
188.

Patty in MN    

Ridiculous response, Levar. PBS doesn't even receive a majority of their funding from the Federal government. I agree with Mitt Romney 100%. You can't continue to borrow from Paul to pay Peter, and we ARE borrowing 40% of government spending EVERY DAY! If it means saving this country, we are ALL going to have to pull together and do with less. PBS won't go anywhere if they lose Federal funding. We'll just be subject to more fundraising periods. (I've donated to them, have you Levar?)

750 days ago
189.

dave    

Big Bird needs to get off of welfare and get a job. He needs to start earning his keep because we are broke!

750 days ago
190.

Raejean    

Besides, it's the only job Burton can get anymore.

750 days ago
191.

pENNAGIRL    

PBS is not limited to Children's programming either. Sesame Street is supposedly a non-profit. Agreed that Sesame Street Workshops do pre-school research supposedly on 8 mil in grants from the government. But who is profiting from the Sesame Street characters that are marketed to the kids?? Weren't the Muppets owned by Disney? If this is a non-profit, then so the taxpayer the money.

750 days ago
192.

emilio    

0.00016%

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193.

Peggy    

What PBS attack? Romney merely said he would defund PBS because we can't afford to borrow money from China to pay them. They can get advertisers just like every other network or station. How about all those bull**** people in Hollywood? Let them cough up some money every year to pay their expenses. Oh sorry, they expect the rest of us to fund them. NO.

750 days ago
194.

Get a job    

PBS would do fine with just public funding. Get your wallet and support it. Why should we borrow money from China and add to our national debt. Don't you think the public will take up the slack. You are all just making the point for entitlements and how out of control the liberals are.

750 days ago
195.

Patrick D    

No kid watched PBS. Idiots.

750 days ago
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