Burns made both a name for himself and a good deal of money by producing documentaries broadcast on PBS, programs that he argues rightly would never have made it in the world of commercial TV.
His comments come as the GOP Majority U.S. House votes to remove all federal funding for the publicasters.
At least APT is under the Education Budget, not the General Fund, which is going to virtually kill some agencies because The Departments of Corrections and Medicaid are being protected from cuts, deepening the reductions for everyone else.
When I first spotted the headline of the Burns column in the Post, I thought it read "Public broadcasting, a 'luxury' we can do without"...and I had virtually written this post in my mind before I blinked and saw it was "can't do without."
He makes a good argument, but when the choice is between dinner or a new Television..and that's where Alabama's budgets are headed.
I also have a great Ken Burns story to tell...but we'll save that for later.
[Photo: The last For The Record, two years ago this Month.]