On April 5, The New York Times published an op-ed by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal headlined “Save PBS. It Makes Us Safer.” McChrystal now runs a big lobbying firm, so that may be why he cares so much — he’s a gun for hire.
So how does the general think PBS makes us safer? And from what are we safer? The answer: commercialism. Parents like his son and daughter-in-law “are busy in the morning and busy at night,” he says. “They want to protect their children from over-commercialized content.”
This argument is bizarre — actually, let’s call it what it is: disingenuous — at a time when “Sesame Street,” which was used to illustrate this article online, of course, is now an HBO property.
“Sesame Street” is the embodiment of the need for public funding? This is nonsense. Big Bird generates a fortune in the private sector. When you search “Sesame Street” under “all departments” on the Amazon website, it produces 39,276 results.......To Read More...