Another battle in the Culture Wars
Spellings' angry letter to PBS about a children's show, designed to introduce different types of families to children, that had a marginal role for a lesbian couple, is actually part of a larger pattern of intimidation by Republicans. And PBS is not alone. The NEH and the NEA regularly are threatened with funding cuts if they don't toe the party line. And you know which party line I'm talking about. (Clue: it's the party of reactionary social policies, repression, and intolerance.)
But Spellings' direct appeal was momentous.
"I don't think we've ever been contacted by a Cabinet secretary about anything, let alone a particular [children's] episode," [PBS Senior VP John] Wilson says.
And it was her second day on the job. If this is a sign of things to come, she's going to be an awful Secretary.
Amidst all the hoopla over Bustergate, this is the first article I've seen that really goes in depth to put the incident into the larger context of the culture wars. PBS caving is a loss for those who advocate tolerance and acceptance of gay couples. But I guess we're getting used to losing lately.