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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

U.S. SENATE COMMUNICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE STATEMENT ON PBS FUNDING (1 May 1969) by Mr. Fred Rogers


 



In recent days, the House Republicans have announced a plan to end funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Cut PBS, so that we can have a new engine for the F-35 that the Pentagon says we do not need…

Anyways… here is Mr. Rogers testifying before a Senate Subcommittee on PBS Funding in May 1969:


In recent days, the House Republicans have announced a plan to end funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Cut PBS, so that we can have a new engine for the F-35 that the Pentagon says we do not need…

In 1969, President Richard Nixon pledges to cut the grant for PBS in half from $20 million to $10 million due to spending on the Vietnam War. Fred Rogers testified before a Senate Subcommittee on PBS Funding in May 1969 to argue in favor of the $20 million.


“I think it's wonderful. I think it's wonderful. Looks like you just earned the 20 million dollars.” –Senator John O. Pastore (D-RI)

In 1971, PBS was given an increase of funding of $9 million to $22 million.


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