Fred Rogers Testifies Before The Senate On Behalf Of PBS On May 1, 1969

Submitted by: fancylad 5 months ago in Lifestyle


It's Mr. Rogers birthday today. This clip is the perfect look at what kind of a pioneer he was in regards to being one of the few voices that advocated for strengthening and building up the confidence of young kids when that sort of thing was an afterthought amongst parents at the time.

On May 1, 1969, 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), who wasn't familiar with Mr. Rogers, is initially kind of a dick to him, but over the course of Rogers' testimony, Pastore's lightens up and is eventually won over. 
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Male 1,373
this could not be any simpler. for DECADES conservatives have complained that PBS "news" is one sided and ultra liberal.  But PBS chose to NOT police itself and fix the problem.  NOW they are whining that they need taxpayer money.  Sorry suckahs, the taxpayers are at lest 50% conservative in this country, and you have pissed in their cheerios one time too often.  suck it up
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Male 4,335
spanz "PBS chose to NOT police itself and fix the problem"? What "problem"? The reporting-the-facts-in-an-intelligent-fashion problem?
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spanz PBS does not soley rely on federal support. It's also supported by viewer donations and people aren't going to let a beloved network dissapear. Also what evidence do you have that PBS news is ultra liberal and even if they are why should they be defunded? 
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Male 4,335
dennis_duncan Welcome to IAB, Dennis. Please upload an avatar and stay awhile.  :)

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Male 4,691
Too bad someone like him hasn't stood up and said how concerned they are with what they are teaching the children of the country and made a change.  What the tv has been teaching children since the 90s should have every parent concerned.  I suspect if someone stood up to voice those concerns today, you'd have a bunch of enraged individuals frothing at the mouth at them like blathering idiots.  

"Why?" you may ask.  Well because Mr Rogers promoted and supported Christian values in the public media with his demonstration of unconditional love.  But what the TV has taught children since the 90s (who are now adults now) is that it is normal to reject and hate Christianity, and that's why it's likely parents today would be raging like blathering idiots.

It's sad but true what wickedness and sin can do to a nation in such a short time.  Love for neighbors being replaced with a love for money and self.  It's all a part of the western decline that is currently in progress.  There's still time to reverse the trend, but it's doubtful that there are any people like Mr Rogers, who can also stand up and speak what needs to be said in the nation; strong willed and firm but gentle enough to deal with the reaction to it.  In fact, I have not seen that personality in the nation for quite some time now, and if it's there, they've hidden their voice away or been silenced by the western ideal.
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Male 537
monkwarrior Preaching about doing what is right need have nothing to do with Christianity. Mr. Rogers is appealing to our humanity, not our dogmatism, you need never teach a child of god when teaching him what is right. "Still time to reverse the trend"? Still time for idiots to foretell the end of the world. Doesn't ever get old. Goodness without religion is the more holy for its loss.
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Male 3,180
thething911 " Mr. Rogers is appealing to our humanity, not our dogmatism "

Strong words there my friend.
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Male 4,691
thething911 true religion is love, which is what Mr Rogers was teaching. Without love, Goodness will be much less.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior While he was a Christian man, hell he was an ordained Presbyterian minister, Mr. Rogers in no way promoted Christian values on his show or publicly.  He preferred to teach without labels or boundaries. 
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Male 4,691
kalron27 He certainly did promote the values of Christianity, such as the love towards neighbors, among others. He taught it by examples kids could understand, a deep love for others, to forgive and ask for forgiveness, to be righteous, good, and excellent, to be happy.  While he used simple words everyone could understand, they reflect the deep logic of the cross, and Christs atonement. He sang of the love Christ taught every day “Won’t you be my neighbor?” 
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior nothing you described there is exclusive to Christianity as moral advice.  Hence my statement of no labels aapapproach.
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Male 4,691
kalron27 well it seems you might not really understand Christianity at all then.  It's about the love that binds all things, and us to one another, and seeking to live out that love.  Almost like that other video, but without the drugs being the focus.
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Male 3,180
and speaking of the other video, where is your Christian value of not judging others?
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Male 4,691
kalron27 who are you to preach what you yourself don't follow?
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior I am not not a Christian but I have studied it. you are and should not judge based on that. 
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Male 4,691
kalron27 Studying it and living it are two different things.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior then live it by not judging.
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Male 4,691
kalron27 good advice, you ought to take your own advice sometime.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior again, I'm not a Christian nor am I judging you.
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Male 4,691
kalron27 neither am i judging you.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior Again I will repeat myself, nothing you just said is exclusive to Christianity.  I understand it fine as well as other belief systems that follow very similar paths.  
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Male 4,691
kalron27 you're shifting the goalposts: first you said your issue was about  labels or boundaries,  but now want to focus on that nothing i just said is exclusive to Christianity.  You seem to want to go to great lengths to deny that what he taught was very heart of Christianity, almost confirming my original post.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior nope I said those ideals are not exclusive to Christianity and that Rogers did not label his teaching Christian, hence my argument.  You can freely perceive them as your Christian belief but that was not his intention.

Rogers was all inclusive with his education, regardless of race, religion, sex or age.
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Male 4,691
kalron27 so since he taught the deep logic of of the christian faith, but because he didn't 'label' it as such it isn't? If you understood what it is to live the christian faith, you might understand you can teach and share of it by example quite well.  Just like Mr. Rogers did.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior Dude, " deep logic of of the christian faith " is based on a shit ton of other religions and beliefs it has absorbed throughout it's 2200 to 2500 years of existence.  
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Male 4,691
kalron27 still holding to your misunderstandings of Christianity?
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior Sorry, but there is no doubt that Christianity shares moral and religious beliefs with at least 3 other religions; Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Buddhism to name a few.

But look at you, judging me for my "misunderstandings", good job!
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Male 4,691
kalron27 pointing out the fact isn't judging dude.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior That is exactly what this conversation is about.  I pointed out that Mr. Rogers the show and public persona did not propagate "Christian Beliefs" per your statement, but rather the broader concept that encompasses all races, religions, creeds, sexuality, classes and age.  You choose to refute that by explicitly implying it was solely Christian based.  I simply pointed out the fact that you were wrong, then you judged me.  Good job!
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Male 4,691
kalron27 Judging is what you wanted to make the conversation about.  Also you seem to be getting confused about what the conversation is.  You specifically argued "Mr. Rogers in no way promoted Christian values on his show or publicly", to my comment.  Then i explained how he did promote the very values of Christianity.  Then you wanted to move the goal posts of your argument, and argue from another angle, talking about labels or boundaries,  then move them again to point out nothing i said was exclusive to Christianity.  After reading your replies I noted and posted that you misunderstand Christianity (exemplified again in your previous post where you said he "did not propagate "Christian Beliefs" per your statement, but rather the broader concept that encompasses all races, religions, creeds, sexuality, classes and age" - if you had understood Christianity better you would know that the Christian faith encompass that too).  Now you're all upset thinking i judged you when i haven't, and want to point out that i am wrong, when your argument fell apart with your first goalpost move, and completely with the second. Again, you seem to want to go to great lengths to deny that what he taught was very heart of Christianity, perhaps you should get to know it a bit better than you presently do?
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior Just admit that it is the values of many religions and then you will not be judging others.
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Male 4,691
kalron27 So do you admit when you said "Mr. Rogers in no way promoted Christian values" you were wrong?  Also can you point out where you think you were judged, or others are being judged?
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior My point is in rebuttal to your statement of specifically Christian Values.  Rogers never uses terms like Christ, Jesus, God or Christian in his teachings.  They are open ended and without religious denominations.  The other point is his teachings surpass Religion as a concept.

Anytime you shove your beliefs over others as "the one and only" you are passing judgement and repeatedly do so throughout all of your comments.
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Male 4,691
kalron27 You don't need to use terms like Christ, Jesus, God, or Christian to teach the message Christ taught.  Also Christianity, as Mr Rogers exemplified, does surpass religion as a concept, as he lived out his faith. You might want to study it a bit more than you have.

So do you care to point out where I've shoved my beliefs as "the one and only"?  FYI You might want to be careful there because you might trap yourself.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior Slow Clap...you still miss the point.  I totally acknowledge Christianity is a portion of the teachings Rogers puts forth, because morality is implied in many beliefs.  But it is not exclusive to it nor is religion part of Mr Rogers the character.

Reread your comments, if you can't see the judgement you never will.
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Male 4,691
kalron27 Good.  Now since i neither implied, nor stated he exclusively taught Christianity on the TV show, but that he "promoted and supported Christian values", maybe you can begin to see how pointless it was to come out with your argument?  After all, that quote was 1/2 of the only sentence i used that had to do with Mr Rogers.

When you look closer at the other sentences around it, you might pick up on the sentiment that it is pointing to the poor situation of the education of children today through television compared to when his show aired.  Or perhaps you could see that i was getting at the media's mass-misunderstanding of and active hate towards Christianity, which has grown and picked up many people into its misunderstandings.

Finally, to your misunderstanding about Christianity and judgment, as you said I "should not judge":  Christ actually said "Judge not, lest ye be judged".  How we judge is how we will be judged.  We all judge and there are different forms of judgment.  My original post pointed to the poor state of  the education being taught to children through TV,  because it has proven to be detrimental to the good things like Mr Rogers taught, which hurts us all and leads to debase cultures.  I am fully prepared to be judged for my judgments against this sinfulness, as i reject it because i can see how it is wrong and dangerous.  Instead I teach children and others to love one another and be righteous, not to be wicked and sinful, or rejecting good like today's society teaches is ok to do.  To stand up for what is right.

I should add though, Christ is right, that we should judge not, but even he judged.  So the takeaway is that people who are untrained at it can easily get too carried away and send themselves to ruin.  I've found that by putting Love first you can rightly divide and justly judge.  But learning that type of love can take a long time for some, because it comes from God.  So ultimately for the most part we should judge not lest we be judged.
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Male 3,180
monkwarrior keep on keepin on...again I agree to disagree
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Male 1,679
What's quite interesting about the move by Trump to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is that since PBS and NPR are so beloved by the American Public, they will still survive even if Trump defunds them.

The stations that it will hurt will be the local, rural, radio and TV stations that derive almost 100% of their funding from the CPB. Those stations pretty much solely promote Republican agendas, and heavily promoted Trump.

In California, we're already considering implementing our own single-payer healthcare system to avoid the travesty that will befall the rest of the U.S. if Obamacare should be repealed. We'll probably also fund PBS and NPR. 

Trump voters will suffer the most as a result of all of this. Which is a shame, but karma's a b***h.
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Male 4,011
bliznik PBS and NPR should be funded by their "beloved by the American Public" (I am one) not the Federal Government just like so many other things it funds. 
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Male 3,180
bliznik Bingo...also, You're defunding Sesame Street you Orange Shit Spackled Muppet Fart!
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Male 97
kalron27 Sadly, HBO picked up Sesame Street, so its not really PBS's any more.  Any "new" episodes aired on PBS will be severely delayed after their air date on HBO.  This is moderately a moot point in this conversation because i would never want to stop anyone from having the opportunity of refer to someone as a muppet fart.
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Male 3,180
kuman Yeah, that is sad...but at least they are still airing on PBS and not charging PBS to do so.

Yes, Muppet fart is a rare opportunity but brilliant insult.
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