Mr. Rogers Goes to Washington - It's Ethics, Stupid!
On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers – the venerable host of the Public Broadcasting Service show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Communications which had jurisdiction over television and radio. At the time, PBS received $20 million. However, due to the demands of the Vietnam war, President Nixon was looking to cut the funding in half. Committee Chair, Senator John Pastore, the former democratic governor of Rhode Island, was unfamiliar with Rogers or his television show aimed at caring about young children by talking directly to them. The two men could not have been more …
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