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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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46.

Lexang    

Really?? And the fact that these same children are inheriting an economic disaster is not important? Hey Levar! If you want this station on so badly then work your butt off fundraising for it just like our kids in school have to do every day just to have sports in our schools. Let's make it clear, this is not about Sesame Street, this is about borrowing money from China. At some point this country needs to stop being dependent on others and take care of ourselves!!! Get over yourselves liberals! This is all you got??

562 days ago
47.

stacy    

Since when do we rely on a T.V. to teach our children?

562 days ago
48.

JoyK    

What is the first thing you cut when you are in debt and can't pay the bills? THE CABLE! If we don't cut spending there will be no BIG BIRD anyways. We are facing worse problems than BIG BIRD not being in our life. Do you want to speak Chinese in this country?

562 days ago
49.

icantbelieveitsnotbutter    

As a radio consultant, I can tell you the EVERY PBS radio station always has the latest and greatest in technology. They don't need government funding to continue. They use it to buy the latest in technology. Something that Big Bird can most definitely live without.

562 days ago
50.

TroyTMZ    

Settle down Mr.Burton. I'm sure PBS wont go away. SHEESH.

562 days ago
51.

Amber    

Romney is the ONLY candidate thinking of our kids! He knows that if spending isn't reeled in, our kids will be strapped with trillions of debt that WE gave them. So BFD. Do we want Big Bird? Or financial peace? It's a NO BRAINER.

562 days ago
52.

silversiren    

PBS has many corporate sponsors and I feel it should not be funded by the Fed. government. They can raise money for the cause.

562 days ago
53.

Scary    

Really, cool your jets. Obama said he'd cut the deficit in half - did that happen?? Ha. It's only the debates, the election hasn't happened yet, and no matter who wins, it's not like the president just waves a magic wand and things immediately change. It's silly to get outraged about it now.

562 days ago
54.

AreUCrazy    

Sell commercials like the other networks .. stop asking for a hand out

There your problem is solved.

562 days ago
55.

tucker    

Gimme a break, kids in the hood aren't sitting around watching PBS. They use the tv for their Xboxes. Find a valid point to try and stay relevant Lemar.

562 days ago
56.

lisa    

ROMNEY IS AN IDIOT.AND US REPUBLICANS KNOW THAT.REALLY WAS HE OUR ONLY CHOICE.

562 days ago
57.

Elle    

Put it away LeVar. You're still irrelevant.

562 days ago
58.

Snowdude    

Studies show school grades have been dropping; so how has sesame street helped improve scholastic scores? Oh yeah, serving cookie monsters and feel good about your self worth. Its time LaVar for you to smell the roses and get a real job.

562 days ago
59.

Kay    

Burton is afraid of losing his job! This will not destroy children it will put an end to programs most never watch! Note to parents "READ TO YOUR CHILDREN YOURSELF" their smiles will be bigger and memories will be made between you not some actor getting paid!

562 days ago
60.

Andrea    

Remember when moms and dads used to prepare their kids fro school? Instead they want PBS to be the main educator? If the libs are so up in arms about this, how about you begin to use private money to fund PBS? You all talk about spreading the wealth and fair share, well, use your millions to keep funding PBS>

562 days ago
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