This “controversy” over Romney’s comments to cut PBS funding is amusing. Folks are acting as if the last days of Big Bird are upon us when all Romney was saying was that PBS’ market would have to fully support PBS programming under his stated scenario. If a nation-wide non-profit Christian music station like K-LOVE can fund itself via their market (21mm listeners/month) then PBS could find a way as well via theirs (144mm viewers/month).
And, yes, I was brought up on–and enjoyed–PBS programming (Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Reading Rainbow, 1-2-3 Contact, Mathnet); I was introduced to Jeremy Brett’s quintessential portrayal of Sherlock Holmes (which impacted my love of Doyle’s character, story in general, and my falling in love with England profoundly) as well as the genius of British TV/storycraft via Inspector Morse, Cadfael, many BBC adaptations of Victorian-era literature (e.g. Dickens, Austen); and I occasionally check in with NOVA (such as their upcoming episode “Secrets of the Viking Sword”) or (more often) Masterpiece when these have something of interest–OR whenever they feature a Celtic Woman concert. So it’s not like I do not appreciate the channel’s product. But being part of the free market isn’t a nightmare; accountability really does make a product better for its consumers.