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Subject: PBS's Scorching Reply To Mitt Date: 10/5/2012 9:25 AM
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Am separating copied snips with [....] for conciseness. Paraphrasing will follow. All facts will be bolded in both pasted material and in my edited parts.

Governor Romney does not understand the value Americans place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation [....] it is important to set the record straight and let facts speak for themselves. The federal investment in public broadcasting equals about 1/100th of 1% of the federal budget. Elimination of funding would have virtually no impact on the nation’s debt. Yet the loss to the American public would be devastating. A national survey by bipartisan firms Hart Research and American Viewpoint in 2011 found that over 2/3 of American voters (69%) oppose proposals to eliminate funding of public broadcasting.

As a supposed supporter of education, Romney SHOULD champion public broadcasting. Last night revealed he has no qualms about wiping out services that reach the vast majority, including the underserved like children who can't attend preschool and rural citizens. For more than 40 years, PBS[....] has served as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse. Earlier in 2012, a Harris poll confirmed that Americans consider PBS the most trusted public institution and the second most valuable use of public funds, behind only national defense, for the 9th consecutive year.

Public television and radio stations are locally owned, community- focused, and they are experts in financial efficiency to make limited resources produce results. In fact, for every $1.00 of federal funding invested, they raise an additional $6.00 on their own – a highly effective public-private partnership.

Isn't it pretty clear by now what will happen if Mitt has his way??

Numerous studies -- including one requested by Congress earlier this year -- have stated categorically that while the federal investment in public broadcasting is relatively modest, the absence of this critical seed money would cripple the system and bring its services to an end.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/pbs-mitt-romney-deb...
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