Public TV Under Assault

Conservatives have stepped up their campaign against left-wing fare, but their attacks are misplaced

What is public television made of? Snips and snails and Big Bird tales, many viewers might answer. For them, PBS is the home of Sesame Street, Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood and all that's best and most wholesome in American TV.

But for a vocal band of conservatives, including a growing number of election-year critics on Capitol Hill, public TV is something else again: a government-feathered nest of subversive, indecent and politically biased programming. The increasingly intense assaults are turning public-television funding into a controversy that could become hotter than the one that recently engulfed the National Endowment for the Arts.

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