Video Of A Young Mr. Rogers Defending PBS To The Senate Comes At Just The Right Time

Video Of A Young Mr. Rogers Defending PBS To The Senate Comes At Just The Right Time

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Yesterday, President Donald Trump's White House released their proposed budget for the coming year. People around the country are already reeling.

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Some of the many programs on the line in the new budget are the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

A possible casualty of these cuts would the the Public Broadcasting System, also known as PBS. National Public Radio, or NPR, would also see their funding cut.

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An old video has begun making the rounds, and at just the right time. The video features footage of Fred Rogers, the host, writer, and producer of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.

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On May 1, 1969, Fred Rogers, host of the (then) recently nationally syndicated children's television series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce Subcommittee on Communications to defend $20 million in federal funding proposed for the newly formed non-profit Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which was at risk of being reduced to $10 million.

Subcommittee chairman, Senator John Pastore (D-RI), unfamiliar with Fred Rogers, is initially abrasive toward him. Over the course of Rogers' 6 minutes of testimony, Pastore's demeanor gradually transitions to one of awe and admiration as Rogers speaks.

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Head over to the next page to hear Rogers' powerful, meaningful, and important words.

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