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In case you missed it, PBS will not distribute an episode of "Postcards From Buster" - made right here at our very own WGBH - because Education Secretary Margaret Spellings is upset that it shows Arthur the Aardvark's best friend visiting a pair of lesbian maple-syrup farmers in Vermont.

Bri is aghast:

How damn insensitive and agenda pushing has children's television become?

Have they no concern for us trying to raise children in a maple free environment? ...

I never felt that I had to sit side-by-side with my daughter as she watched Public Television. I fear for what she will see. What if diversity creeps into her vocabulary? What if she sees children eating peanuts when she knows that her school is "nut product free?" I hope she does not cross to the dark side. SpongeBob SquarePants eats nuts, ya know.

Girlie So Groovie says:

... I really like the part about our Secretary of Education saying that many parents wouldn't want their children exposed to lesbian lifestyles. This is a woman who "became the subject of conservative sniping soon after moving to Washington after she was asked on C-SPAN to react to census data showing a decline in the traditional family. 'So what?' she replied, noting that there were "lots of different types of family" and that she herself was 'a single mom.' " Apparently, gay couples with children don't count among the "lots of different types of family." ...

Charley on the MTA knows what's going on:

In lieu of pushing the anti-marriage constitutional amendment (a certain loser in the Senate), the Bush administration is pandering to its homophobe base with micro-initiatives, like this. ... These people are bullying our friends, neighbors, and relatives.

Domenico, however, says 'GBH is just a bunch of gay-loving liberals and that the incident shows why PBS should stop getting public funding:

... This is typical of how such things are done. Rarely do they slap you in the face. Instead, they present it as a fait accompli, just a normal part of the background of life. This is why parents need to be extra careful in monitoring what their children watch. Otherwise you allow the poison to creep into your home through the idiot box. ...

You'll want to hide the children on March 23, when WGBH airs the episode.

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Janet says (on January 28, 2005 12:05 PM):

didn't know there were folks like Domenico still around!

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Big Bri says (on January 28, 2005 02:20 PM):

Of course by not showing lesbians are we just funding Right wing stuff on PBS? nah that would be too logivcal of an arguement and would lead to discussion. Righties hate things with more than one-side.

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Domenico Bettinelli Jr. says (on January 28, 2005 03:06 PM):

Yes, we are. Although I didn't actually call GBH "a bunch of gay-loving liberals." Those are Adam's words.

And I don't want to fund right-wing stuff on PBS either. I just don't want to fund PBS with tax dollars. Let them compete in the free market. But then Lefties hate having to compete in the marketplace of ideas.

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garym says (on January 28, 2005 03:12 PM):

I agree with Domenico's conclusion, if not with all of his reasoning. If the government couldn't dangle and withdraw funding depending on what was shown, PBS might show a bit more independence. Why should he be taxed to support something he doesn't want?

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Big Bri says (on January 28, 2005 10:04 PM):

Ummm... PBS only gets 13% of it's funding from the Federal Gov't... let''s not go overboard with where our taxes go. The non-working missile defense system gets a higher percentage of your tax dollars.

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