I was surprised to read Lloyd Barnes’ absurd accusation and his pathetic attempt to refute my facts with his fiction in his Feb. 15 letter, “No Basis in Fact,” in response to my Feb. 8 letter, “Narrow-Minded Thinking,” about PBS.
Anyone who watched the presidential debates or who watches, reads or listens to a credible news source recognizes that Mr. Barnes does not know what he is talking about.
It is reasonable to assume that the likely source for his misconceptions might be Rush Limbaugh.
Limbaugh has a long-running feud with PBS and has declared it “liberal.” Limbaugh’s “ditto heads” dutifully parrot his views.
Candidate Romney made his infamous remark during the first presidential debate that his No. 1 priority would be ending the subsidy for PBS, in effect firing Jim Lehrer and Big Bird. It is interesting that after the debates, PBS urged President Obama not to make Romney’s remarks about Big Bird an issue in the campaign because PBS wanted to remain politically neutral.
Shortly after the election, when Republicans were searching for which Republicans to blame for losing the election, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) was quoted as urging Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and move away from “dumbed-down conservatism.”
PBS is primarily funded by its listeners. Federal funding is calculated to be 0.00014 percent (that is 14/100,000 of 1 percent) of the federal budget. If Mr. Barnes wants to consider that an investment, I agree. It is actually an investment in the American people. The returns are not monetary; they are intellectual.
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