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(Upworthy)   Mr. Rogers defends PBS with ideals...and hard numbers. Congress throws in the towel is the face of his awesomeness   (upworthy.com) divider line 17
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2012-10-09 09:17:31 AM
These days, the conservative echo chamber led by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh would paint Mister Rogers as a communist pedophile child molester who should stay out of politics for daring to defend PBS.
 
2012-10-09 09:34:06 AM

FirstNationalBastard: These days, the conservative echo chamber led by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh would paint Mister Rogers as a communist pedophile child molester who should stay out of politics for daring to defend PBS.


Sadly, yes.

Man, I loved Mr. Rogers. This video nearly brought a tear to my eye.
 
2012-10-09 09:45:08 AM

FirstNationalBastard: These days, the conservative echo chamber led by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh would paint Mister Rogers as a communist pedophile child molester who should stay out of politics for daring to defend PBS.



The interesting part is that you may be exaggerating with this but after what I heard them saying about Sesame Street lately, I honestly wouldn't put it past them.
 
2012-10-09 09:49:25 AM
Why Mr. Rogers was the best neighbor ever.. The car thing is unsubstantiated but its not debunked either.
 
2012-10-09 09:50:05 AM

UberDave: FirstNationalBastard: These days, the conservative echo chamber led by Fox News and Rush Limbaugh would paint Mister Rogers as a communist pedophile child molester who should stay out of politics for daring to defend PBS.


The interesting part is that you may be exaggerating with this but after what I heard them saying about Sesame Street lately, I honestly wouldn't put it past them.


The indoctrination thing because they talk about sharing is just insane.
 
2012-10-09 09:55:49 AM
Rogers' lifetime achievement award.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Upm9LnuCBUM
 
2012-10-09 09:56:29 AM
First of all, how many of us haven't seen this video ten thousand farking times?

Second of all, it's not 1968 any more and there are countless more educational media options.

Third, if you wish to subsidize education and the arts, why would you shovel limited resources at corporate entities that are already doing quite well for themselves compared to struggling local groups?

Corporate welfare is okay now?
 
2012-10-09 09:57:03 AM

Gwendolyn: The indoctrination thing because they talk about sharing is just insane.


These same farkers don't see the irony of saying that while dragging their kids to church every Sunday to hear the wonderful children's story about Noah bringing two of every animal on the ark while their loving, merciful god drowned every god damned living thing on the planet, or all about how this same god wants them to do as he says not as he does, them to give him 10% of all their money, and to exclusively worship him or else they'll be tossed into a fiery pit to suffer for all of eternity.
 
2012-10-09 10:01:01 AM

Gulper Eel: it's not 1968 any more and there are countless more educational media options.


And nearly each and every one of them exist for profit. Are you suggesting it's somehow better for children to watch what amounts to an animated commercial for a toy?
 
2012-10-09 10:09:37 AM

Gulper Eel: it's not 1968 any more and there are countless more educational media options.


And how many of them are created by people who care as much about not only the product but the audience as Fred Rogers did? Not too farking many. That man put his his entire life and his soul into making healthy children's programming.

The big for-profit networks don't care about that, they care about ratings and ad dollars.
 
2012-10-09 10:13:15 AM

exick: Gwendolyn: The indoctrination thing because they talk about sharing is just insane.

These same farkers don't see the irony of saying that while dragging their kids to church every Sunday to hear the wonderful children's story about Noah bringing two of every animal on the ark while their loving, merciful god drowned every god damned living thing on the planet, or all about how this same god wants them to do as he says not as he does, them to give him 10% of all their money, and to exclusively worship him or else they'll be tossed into a fiery pit to suffer for all of eternity.


More indoctrination
 
2012-10-09 10:16:47 AM

nekom: And nearly each and every one of them exist for profit.


Seen the revenue numbers for Sesame Street and its affiliated products lately? Not that they are as ravenous about separating parents from their money as, say, Disney, but they do rather well compared to other children's educational ventures.

Trivia Jockey: And how many of them are created by people who care as much about not only the product but the audience as Fred Rogers did? Not too farking many. That man put his his entire life and his soul into making healthy children's programming.


You answered your own question. Fred Rogers is dead and gone and there won't be another one.

The question before us is not whether we should subsidize a small kids' show out of Pittsburgh just getting its start in the world, but whether we should subsidizet a worldwide brand that hardly needs propping up.
 
2012-10-09 10:16:56 AM

nekom: Gulper Eel: it's not 1968 any more and there are countless more educational media options.

And nearly each and every one of them exist for profit. Are you suggesting it's somehow better for children to watch what amounts to an animated commercial for a toy?


Have you ever really watched the shows on Disney Playhouse? They are fantastically dumbed down. It's not educational at all. It's SO engaging that it's frightening, yet it only leads kids through scenarios and activities that seem aimed at a special-ed class or a brain-washing session. Your kid will get dumber every time he watches that stuff.

At least PBS tries to educate and inform.
 
2012-10-09 10:19:24 AM

Gulper Eel: nekom: And nearly each and every one of them exist for profit.

Seen the revenue numbers for Sesame Street and its affiliated products lately? Not that they are as ravenous about separating parents from their money as, say, Disney, but they do rather well compared to other children's educational ventures.


Sesame Street isn't PBS. Sesame's merchandising money goes to Sesame Workshop, not PBS.
 
2012-10-09 10:20:15 AM
PBS doesn't just do children's programming. They do excellent documentaries too. There was an awesome movie about the Freedom Riders last year. All available to watch online.

Link
 
2012-10-09 10:24:06 AM

Gulper Eel: First of all, how many of us haven't seen this video ten thousand farking times?

 
Second of all, it's not 1968 any more and there are countless more educational media options.
 
Third, if you wish to subsidize education and the arts, why would you shovel limited resources at corporate entities that are already doing quite well for themselves compared to struggling local groups?
 
Corporate welfare is okay now?
 
 
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2012-10-09 10:26:52 AM

MrBallou: Have you ever really watched the shows on Disney Playhouse? They are fantastically dumbed down. It's not educational at all. It's SO engaging that it's frightening, yet it only leads kids through scenarios and activities that seem aimed at a special-ed class or a brain-washing session. Your kid will get dumber every time he watches that stuff.

At least PBS tries to educate and inform.


I don't have to pay for Disney Playhouse unless I want to. And besides, they are but one option out of more than we can count.
 
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