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Over Romney PBS Attack --

He's Destroying Our Kids!

10/4/2012 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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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Buck up LaVar...PBS has been sucking the government tit long enough. PBS stations are notorious for not catering to their community, being the delivery vessel of liberal dogma and generally being a pain in the ass. You want money? go back to the original charter and get out of the socialist transformation game.

685 days ago


PBS is funded indirectly by Congress through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB; which funds both PBS and National Public Radio). For fiscal year 2010, $281m out of CPB's $422m appropriation went to public television, $210m to local stations and $71m to PBS directly ( In 2010, PBS had revenues of around $570m (, meaning federal funding via CPB accounted for about 12% of PBS 2010 annual revenues.

685 days ago


This is you liberal idiots main problem with Romney? November can't get here quick enough.

685 days ago


PBS gets all this money, but then they run "Are You Being Served" about 40 times a week.

685 days ago


I guess Levar missed the part where we have 16 trillion in debt.... The reason we have 16 trillion in debt is because every time we start naming things to cut at least one or two people will stand up and say "we can't cut that!!! It will hurt the children" and then nothing gets cuts. PBS only gets 15% of their operating budget from government, they will be fine without a subsidy. People need to wake up, the country is on the edge of collapse due to this debt. When the debt bomb blows up it will make the Great Depression look like boom times.

685 days ago


Bonehead Burton....

For one, PBS is an analogy, a representation of the 'waste' of money.

Two, Sesame Street 'Alone' is worth...
$400,000,000 4 Hundred Million Dollars! It can afford to air itself. 'WE' pay for it and it's worth that much from toys and stuff? Why can't it support itself then huh?

Our Government is NOT supposed to OWN a broadcast station. It leans harder left and that alone is reason enough (no matter how it leans), for us NOT to pay for it.

Wise up Burton... seems you need to watch something MORE educational than PBS.


685 days ago


How many of you who are ranting about a remark Romney made about PBS funding personally donate money to financially support PBS? If you do, you have a right to speak about it, if not, get out your checkbook and put your money where your mouth is! That is IF you have a job and a house with a TV in the dismal economy the sitting President has provided for you.

685 days ago


WTF? Why should I have to pay for PBS? As we know, Burton's show is on PBS - of course he's outraged, it's his paycheck at risk! Again I ask, why should I have to pay for a TV channel for others!

685 days ago


Here's the thing --- PBS is one of the few channels people WITHOUT cable have access to. While yes, they do get donations from the public every year, it doesn't pay the entire tab -- not by a long shot. They are commercial free programming, specializing in educational or cultural enrichment programs. I don't understand why something which has been around for almost 40 years is suddenly something which is considered "nice to have but not necessary". Same with programs like Medicare, Unemployment Insurance, Social Security Benefits, Food Stamps, etc. These are America's safety-net. Why is there even talk about adding further tax-cuts when we have a cash flow problem? It makes no sense. In times of economic hardship -- ALL-- Americans should be asked to contribute more, the wealthiest among us whom can most afford to, included. I don't have an issue as a lower class person in paying more money in taxes per year *though it will hurt my bottom line, I recognize it as part of my responsibility as a citizen* -- but I think if lower class people are being asked to pay more, so should the upper classes. I don't buy this "job creator nonsense" they've had record tax cuts under bush, and we are still in a recession, to taxing the wealthy less doesn't make sense. Neither does penalizing one of the few resources under privileged children have to access educational programming, which is commercial free. They add a great deal not just to these children but provide a number of resources to school teachers across the country. It's ridiculous!! There is no need to cut funding for this station, simply to balance the budget. It's called have everyone pay more taxes, and reduce redundancies in the federal government. There is a number of wasteful things that the government earmarks funding for, which don't provide enriching educational benefits. Cut the waste out, not something which is truly meaningful.

685 days ago


If VietNam socialist has the people as this men, perhap we will very happy!!!

685 days ago


He is very great!!!
Hope VietNam will have the people as him in the future!

685 days ago


First the thought that the ability to even watch something on TV being put in the same sentence with underpriveleged is disgraceful. Some of the parents out there might be able to afford to feed their kids if they could ditch the cable bill they somehow can afford. Next....seriously, Big Bird is like the freaking wealthiest bird on the planet and he needs government help?!!! Sesame Street racks in millions every year with all their sales! They may do a lot of non-profit work, but given the amount of debt our country is in, I think Big Bird could handle us cutting his tab and paying his own rent!

685 days ago

Dawn Berkley    

LeVar Burton is just another liberal moron. He is sticking up for his job, nothing else...

685 days ago


PBS makes plenty of money on their own. There are plenty of organizations that are leaching off the government when in reality they are fully capable of being self sufficient. PBS is one of these organizations. Everyone thinks because Mitt wants to cut funding, PBS will disappear. This couldn't be farther from the truth.

685 days ago


Look, if the U.S. government no longer helps pay for PBS it doesn't mean an end to PBS. It simply means that those who want to help pay for PBS can do so out of their own pocket. PBS currently conducts pledge drives to help pay for it as it is now. Government should be in the business of governing, NOT paying out money to every "good" project. Just because you or I like something does not mean the Uncle Sam should be the one paying the tab. Unless we start cutting expenses we will never get our financial house in order. We do not have a revenue problem in America we have a SPENDING problem.

684 days ago
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