Not sure why Romney picked PBS out of the air like he did, but I also don't see what the hubbub is all about. What's wrong with PBS standing on its own financially? Even if the savings are miniscule in the grand scheme of things, there's no reason we should be robbed to support them when they could easily stand on their own.
To be fair, it's pretty much impossible for a politician to actually name something to be cut. It makes great soundbites for conservatives when they say we need to reign in spending and make cuts, but if you put them on the spot to actually name the program to be defunded, they usually draw blanks. It's because of exactly what you are seeing here with the PBS comments. Regardless of what the program is and what it supports, the politician is immediately blasted by those who get the handouts and they're labeled haters who want to "harm" whatever cause it is the program supports. It's all a bunch of non-sense and the government will just continue to grow and grow and bleed money to special interest groups.
If Romney had a spine or any conviction for spending cuts, he wouldn't be talking small fruit like PBS, but instead tabling the discussion on his $2T military expansion and proposing significant cuts to the over sea's operations, but we all know that isn't going to happen and I think most people can see through his BS.