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“S” is for “Suck it, Bush”

sStreet.jpgBush recently submitted a plan which would kill the $420 million slated to subsidize the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. As the good folks at TV Squad succinctly explain:

The CPB was created by Congress back in 1967 to shield public broadcasting from political influence. The funds they receive are distributed between PBS and local public television stations as well as National Public Radio and its affiliates.

In a rare showing of testicular fortitude, the House rejected this plan with a strong 357-72 vote, meaning “Sesame Street” and “All Things Considered” and all their public-airwaves brethren can remain. Good on you, House.

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Whew! Who would want to cut funding for Sesame Street? What the hell was he thinking? Oh, right....

That so-called "testicular fortitude" is neither rare nor exclusive to Democrats who have historically supported--indeed created--American public broadcasting. In the last several Congressional sessions, even the GOP-led House and Senate have defeated attempts by Bush and House ultra-conservatives to kill or largely cut CPB and other funding for public TV and radio. Why? Because of massive public support for PBS, NPR, Pacifica Radio and over 1,200 locally owned and managed affiliate stations--whatever there shortcomings may be. Even Newt Gingrich and his "free market" cohorts couldn't "zero out" federal funding for public broadcasting when they took control of the House in 1994 and tried to enforce their Mafia-style "Contract for America" on "Big Bird," Bob Edwards, and "Democracy NOW!" Visit www.current.org for an indepth history of these events and informed reporting on public TV and radio.

"Testicular fortitude" may not be rare with regard to this particular issue (thanks for the background info), but it's certainly rare in the greater picture of the current administration, where Congress has generally submitted to the White House's every beck and whim (even now, with Bush's approval rating in the tank, Congress hasn't been able to really do much beyond grandstanding).