It has been a rough last few months for Paula Kerger. Who? Kerger is the president and CEO of the Public Broadcasting System. Imagine what was going through her head when she heard Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tell Jim Lehrer (a veteran PBS personality) that, if elected president (LOL), that he was "going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too."
"I literally almost fell off my couch," said Kerger. "I couldn't believe it."
PBS has been something Republicans have claimed they would cut for years now. So why are they so against the network, which receives much less funding than other proposed areas of budget cuts.
"People have such warm and fuzzy feelings about Big Bird," she added. "It was all very strange."
Romney's statement is definitely not the only rough spot she has endured in the last few months. In July, 'Market Warriors' host Fred Willard allegedy committed a "lewd act" at a pornographic movie theater and was removed from his position a day later. Even bigger news were the allegations against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash and his alleged sexual relationships with minors.
"As a public broadcaster, we're held to a higher standard," says Kerger. "We've tried to be as transparent as possible. Nothing ever goes away. You need to give everybody the chance to be heard, and then when you need to move, you need to move."
Let's hope everyone just leaves PBS alone for a while and let's them keep entertaining and teaching our children.