NO Sesame Street!?!?!?

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  1. Marja

    Marja Honestly, I'm not a bot!!

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    I am just NOT believing this- last year a petition was sent in with over a million names, but I guess that just wasn't enough!

    Sesame Street et al, do alot for teaching children and getting them interested in learning before they even go to school-
    Alot of people only get NPR, or watch only PBS..

    To me, this just doesn't make sense- and goes against the push-
    "No child left behind"- but, that's an ENTIRELY different discussion itself!

    Just thought you all should know, especially Anyone interested in children, good programming or free speech in the future, should read this, then do what you think is necessary!


    Dont know if this is considered too political? But, seems to be mostly about the children and "Freedom of Speech" to me.
    Whatever you decide, Mods.:D

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    Everyone expected House Republicans to give up efforts to kill NPR and PBS after a massive public outcry stopped them last year. But they've just voted to eliminate funding for NPR and PBS—unbelievably, starting with programs like "Sesame Street."1

    Public broadcasting would lose nearly a quarter of its federal funding this year. Even worse, all funding would be eliminated in two years—threatening one of the last remaining sources of watchdog journalism.2

    Can you ask 3 friends to sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS again this year?

    http://civic.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting/?id=7965-5741312-.qbiaJZjVIG83StMQrBAGg&t=2

    Last year, over 1 million of us signed the petition, and Congress listened. We can do it again if you pass this message along to any friends, neighbors, or co-workers who count on NPR and PBS for news or children's programming.

    This would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting. The Boston Globe reports the cuts "could force the elimination of some popular PBS and NPR programs." NPR's president expects rural public radio stations may be forced to shut down.

    The lawmakers who proposed the cuts aren't just trying to save money in the budget—they're trying to decimate any news outlets willing to ask tough questions of those in power. Americans trust public broadcasting more than any corporate news media.3 This is an ideological attack on our free press.

    President Bush's budget proposed cuts to NPR and PBS4, but Congress is going even further: slashing 23% of this year's public broadcasting budget—$115 million—and denying NPR and PBS any funding in two years. The cuts immediately terminate support for commercial-free children's shows like "Sesame Street," "Clifford," and "Maya and Miguel."

    The House and Senate are deciding if public broadcasting will survive, and they need to hear from viewers like you. Ask 3 friends to sign the petition at:

    http://civic.moveon.org/publicbroadcasting/?id=7965-5741312-.qbiaJZjVIG83StMQrBAGg&t=3

    Thank you for all you do.

    –Noah, Eli, Adam G., Tom, Marika and the MoveOn.org Civic Action Team
    Thursday, June 8th, 2006

    P.S. You can learn more about the threat to public broadcasting from our
    friends at Free Press at:

    http://www.freepress.net/publicbroadcasting/

    Sources:
    1. "GOP takes aim at PBS funding," Boston Globe, June 8, 2006
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1864&id=7965-5741312-.qbiaJZjVIG83StMQrBAGg&t=4

    PBS' Ready to Learn program (funds "Sesame Street" and other children's shows)
    http://www.pbs.org/readytolearn/

    2. "CPB Responds to House Appropriations Subcommittee's Proposed Funding Levels for Public Broadcasting," Corporation for Public Broadcasting, June 7, 2006
    http://www.cpb.org/pressroom/release.php?prn=551

    3. "2005 'Open to the Public' Objectivity and Balance Report," Corporation for Public Broadcasting, January 31, 2006
    http://www.cpb.org/aboutcpb/goals/objectivity/

    4. "Bush Budget Pumps Propaganda, Slashes PBS," MediaCitizen, February 7, 2006
    http://www.moveon.org/r?r=1865&id=7965-5741312-.qbiaJZjVIG83StMQrBAGg&t=5
     
  2. big ed

    big ed Registered Member

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    :isay: Let them eat cake!!

    It's kinda like the aptitude test the kids have to pass berfore getting a H. S. Diploma. Instead of teaching them the three "R's" They're stuffed w/the answers to the test! Makes sense to me.....no kid left behind!!

    Dumb an dumber, Dufus ed
     
  3. beetlejuice

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    Hey Ed, I would think you'd be the first one signing the petition seeing as how you won't have anything to watch after your naptime anymore if'n they take off your favorite TV program.

    Just protecting my cookies from Cookie Monster in Columbus
     
  4. big ed

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    oh...gimmie a brake Beej,

    This thread wuz beguned by loopy Margee!

    We all no that those publicans ain't agin NPR n PMS! I kin allus fall back on them Looney Tunes to larn an git reddy fer skool.

    Snapping Ginger's garters, Zing ed
     
  5. Devinco

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    Thank you Marja for letting us know about this and providing avenues of action we can take. Seems like bad news usually arrives on the weekend. If enough of us make our voices heard, maybe the kids will be able to keep their favorite TV shows on.
     
  6. Capp

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    Speaking of which...

    I heard recently that they changed Cookie Monster into Veggie Monster because too many parents complained that Cookie Monster was to blame for kids eating too many sweets thus causing the disturbing number of obese kids.

    What happened to parents who knew how to say "NO".

    This just pisses me off. Once again, some lazy S.O.B. parents blame the media because they don't know how to control their kids.

    I found tons of sites about it, but here is one: http://www.petitiononline.com/Bronco/petition.html

    When are we going to take back the country?
     
  7. big ed

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    Not only do we have dumb kids but they're overweight too!!

    Having said all that....Margee's right.....the neer-do-wells are trying to pull a fast one. The "We report...you decide" crap is hard to do if you only get one side!

    Sign me up kiddo, Opine ed
     
  8. beetlejuice

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    Too bad these people can't see that Sesame Street was doing a great job keeping kids interested in learning.
     
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