Some of those watching the debate didn’t like Romney’s attack on the yellow giant. In a statement, KCPT, Kansas City’s local public broadcasting station, called it disappointing that PBS became a political target.
“It’s amazing to me to think that we’re going to balance the budget when we’re one-ten thousandth of the federal budget,” said Kliff Kuehl, president and CEO of Kansas City Public Television.
Kuehl said for every dollar of federal funding that public television stations get, they raise an additional six. But he say make no mistake, without any federal funding, public television would suffer.
“You’re going to end up — in terms of public radio and public television — you could drive all the way across the state of Kansas and the state of Missouri and you might not have any public media except in the big cities, and I don’t think that’s their intention.”
Over the course of a year, an estimated 91 percent of U.S. households watch local programming, so it’s easy to see why there was a such a buzz. But why did Romney’s comment seem to overshadow some of the bigger issues from the debate? Democratic political analyst Phil Levota had a suggestion.