Yesterday, while reading one of my one of my favorite blogs, I chanced upon this headline “No More Need for PBS” (Scroll down as no direct link is operable). Dirty Harry had linked a piece by George Will where that august columnist came to the same conclusion I had five week previously.
Deciding that, “We have no more need for PBS,” Will considers the televised visit of an animated rabbit to the Green Mountain State:
The recent spat about Buster, PBS’ cartoon rabbit, visiting two lesbian parents quickly became a second spat about the Education Department’s threat to stop financing Buster. But a third spat should have been about why the Education Department (a fourth spat: Is that department necessary?) is paying for any of Buster’s adventures. Is there a desperate shortage of television cartoons?
Last month I wondered why the Education Department was funding Buster’s adventures. I agree with Will: “In today’s 500-channel environment, public television is a preposterous relic.” To find out why, read the whole thing!