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Are Desperate Dems Hiding Behind Big Bird

☆astac☆~PWCM 2012/10/06 19:41:25
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Mitt Romney sure ruffled a lot of feathers over his proposal to eliminate taxpayer funding for government-sponsored TV. As soon as the GOP presidential candidate singled out PBS for cuts during the presidential debate in Denver, the hysterical squawking commenced.

Left-leaning celebrities immediately erupted on Twitter. "WOW!!! No PBS!! WTF how about cutting congress's stuff leave big bird alone," Whoopi Goldberg fumed. "Mitt is smirky, sweaty, indignant and smug with an unsettling hint of hysteria. And he wants to kill BIG BIRD," actress Olivia Wilde despaired. "Who picks on Big Bird!!! #bulliesthatswho," actress Taraji Henson chimed in.

Social media activists called for a Million Muppet March on the National Mall to "show your support for Big Bird, Muppets, PBS and all that is good." The grammar-challenged operatives of George Soros-funded Media Matters for America lectured "right-wing media" to be "more concerned with Americans having jobs insteading (sic) of obsessing whether or not Big Bird has one."

Indignant PBS, which employs not-so-neutral debate moderator Jim Lehrer, issued a statement decrying Romney's failure to "understand the value the American people place on public broadcasting and the outstanding return on investment the system delivers to our nation." And President Obama, awakened from his beatdown-induced stupor, scurried the next morning to the safe confines of a campaign rally to mock Romney for "getting tough on Big Bird."

The kiddie character kerfuffle is a manufactured flap that may play well to liberals in Hollywood and Washington. But beyond the borders of La-La Land, desperate Democrats who cling childishly to archaic federal subsidies look like cartoonish buffoons. Let's face it: The Save Big Bird brigade is comically out of touch with 21st-century realities.

In 1967, when Congress passed the Public Broadcasting Act, family options for quality children's programming were severely limited. More than four decades later, there's a vibrant marketplace for educational broadcasting — on radio, TV and the Internet — that teems with furry friends and information-packed shows.

PBS speaks of itself with cultish self-reverence: "For more than 40 years," the government network chastised Romney, "Big Bird has embodied the public broadcasting mission — harnessing the power of media for the good of every citizen, regardless of where they live or their ability to pay. Our system serves as a universally accessible resource for education, history, science, arts and civil discourse."

In reality, of course, PBS affiliates have become increasingly corporatized. As GOP Sen. Jim DeMint noted last year, franchises like Sesame Street "are multimillion-dollar enterprises capable of thriving in the private market. According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, 'Sesame Street' made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales."

Sesame Street has also become increasingly politicized. Under the Obama administration, Elmo has lobbied for the FCC's national broadband plan and the first lady's Big Nanny nutrition bill. Investigative journalist James O'Keefe caught former NPR exec Ron Schiller on tape trashing the Tea Party as "racist" and "Islamophobic." And the official PBS Twitter account sent a special shout-out to radical leftist group Move On last year for leading the government media rescue charge.

Moreover, as I've previously reported, NPR and PBS have no problem raising money from corporations and left-wing philanthropists, including billionaire George Soros, whose Open Society Institute gave $1.8 million to pay for at least 100 journalists at NPR member radio stations in all 50 states over the next three years.

President Obama sneered at Romney for daring to mention PBS subsidies in the context of deficit reduction. But Obama's own Bowles-Simpson deficit reduction commission singled out Corporation for Public Broadcasting spending. "The current CPB funding level is the highest it has ever been," the panel noted after Obama proposed hiking yearly appropriations to $450 million in 2012. Doing away with the appropriation would save nearly $500 million in 2015 alone. Over 10 years, those savings would total $5 billion (or roughly 10 Solyndras). In these tough times, that's more than chump change and child's play.

Romney's right: It's time for government media to grow up and get off the dole. It's time for taxpayers to flip the Bird.

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  • Captain-Morgan 2012/10/07 23:33:32
    Yes
    Captain-Morgan
    +2
    BIG BIRD IS IN TRUTH A DUCK CALLED THE OBAMANATION..
  • Balladeer-PWCM-POTL 2012/10/07 18:18:09
    Yes
    Balladeer-PWCM-POTL
    +3
    OHELLYEAH...if there is one con the people will always fall for it's..'but think of the children"....imply that Children' Programming will suffer always protects the Propaganda that IS PBS
  • memebev1 2012/10/07 14:21:54
    Yes
    memebev1
    +4
    I have to pick things to eliminate from our budget to make ends meet. It is time our government do the same.
  • ed 2012/10/07 11:28:37
    Yes
    ed
    +3
    and Sponge Bob book of excuses
  • KCurtis 2012/10/07 10:48:41
  • rk 2012/10/07 03:58:18
    Yes
    rk
    +4
    Obama is a BIG TURD I meen Bird
  • Todd Parsons 2012/10/07 03:16:26
    Yes
    Todd Parsons
    +4
    And it just makes no sense... Ask them if they even watch PBS...the answer is most likely no. We had a lib an the train I commute to work state that Obama "Saved" the auto industry. ... I asked her what she drives... she proudly replied... a BMW... GREAT! Glad that GM is still around for her.
  • Smitten... Todd Pa... 2012/10/09 13:25:34
  • Todd Pa... Smitten... 2012/10/09 13:48:09
    Todd Parsons
    +2
    But it was GM that supposedly needed to be saved... no one is buying those cars are they? OH...wait...yes the US government is buying them...73% or their business .
  • Smitten... Todd Pa... 2012/10/10 02:17:37
  • carri byers 2012/10/07 02:39:10
    Yes
    carri byers
    +3
    It's the typical liberal hijacking of the issue. Obama showed how lame he really is during the debate so his sychophantic press is doing all it can to get people to look away from the emporer without clothes.

    Anyone who is the least bit cognitive knows that PBS is quite capable of supporting itself. The income Big Bird alone brings in by selling his image on every lunch box, hat, shoe and coloring book out there would be enough to support PBS for the next 10 years.

    The measly 500 million in tax payer dollars we throw at PBS is unecessary and a waste and would in no way put PBS at risk. This is pure propaganda - something the libs are very good at manipulating.
  • MarinerFH 2012/10/07 01:16:15
  • Always Right 2012/10/06 23:56:10
    Yes
    Always Right
    +4
    It's time for big bird to fly south on his own dime.
  • dubbie 2012/10/06 23:25:47
    Yes
    dubbie
    +5
    Deal with it libby`s, This is the only bird of America , That matters

    eagle
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/10/06 23:17:43
    Yes
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +4
    The desperate Dems hide behind the children all the time.

    They won't be happy until partial birth abortion clinics are widely available across America as a routine birth control method. Maybe, not even then.
  • dominic garcia 2012/10/06 22:31:19
    Yes
    dominic garcia
    +4
    I am a democrat who trusts Romney and We need a President like Mitt who is not going to be afraid to speak the truth. Big bird can take care of himself, there is nothing wrong with what he said. Liberals will use anything and anyone to take down the Republicans. It is so silly to bring big bird into this. How sad! :(
  • La Bef 2012/10/06 22:21:47
    Yes
    La Bef
    +5
    They have to take attention from the fact that the empty suit bombed that night so they will grab at any straws.
  • marcuss....PHART 2012/10/06 22:09:12
  • Denny 2012/10/06 22:06:56
    Yes
    Denny
    +4
    Romney never said he was going to kill Big Bird!!! He said he was getting rid of PBS. A show as good as Sesame Street is good enough to get advertisment and make any station money. Any show that can't cut it, better go the route of selling DVD's because we don't want China to support them anymore. Especially the left wing commie newscasts.
  • Gooky 2012/10/06 21:39:39
    Yes
    Gooky
    +4
    I don't watch SNL,but i'll bet Big Bird will be on tonight...libturds!
  • Gooky Gooky 2012/10/07 15:11:24
    Gooky
    +2
    Did i call it,or what?
  • Bob DiN 2012/10/06 21:38:34
    Yes
    Bob DiN
    +4
    To listen to the idiots Dems. you would think the whole debate was about Big Bird.
  • SmittenKitten 2012/10/06 20:55:26
  • Bob DiN Smitten... 2012/10/06 21:40:18
    Bob DiN
    +6
    69%? That's a lot of idiots.
  • Smitten... Bob DiN 2012/10/07 04:43:29
  • carri b... Smitten... 2012/10/07 02:43:59
    carri byers
    +2
    That's because the essence of the debate hasn't been brought to them properly. Romney finally phrased it in correct terms - is continuing to subsidize an industry that is quite capable of sustaining itself worth going begging to China in order to continue to support it? America's pockets are not bottomless and good hearted people need to stop thinking with their hearts and start using their heads.
  • Smitten... carri b... 2012/10/07 05:22:09
  • ☆astac☆... Smitten... 2012/10/07 15:21:55
    ☆astac☆~PWCM
    +2
    The problem with using tax dollars for PBS, is that PBS is airing programs that attack the right side of America. That being said, all tax dollar support to PBS should stop because of that.
  • Smitten... ☆astac☆... 2012/10/09 13:29:32
  • ☆astac☆... Smitten... 2012/10/10 03:13:00
    ☆astac☆~PWCM
    +1
    Hogwash
  • Smitten... ☆astac☆... 2012/10/10 13:47:16
  • carri b... Smitten... 2012/10/08 01:19:20
    carri byers
    +2
    The enormously popular characters from the children's shows on PBS alone could revenue share the billions of dollars they make selling their image and no program would suffer at all. Unfortunately, the US federal govt will never be able to sell its image so they have no such latitude or alternative.
  • Smitten... carri b... 2012/10/09 14:42:47 (edited)
  • carri b... Smitten... 2012/10/10 03:35:01
    carri byers
    +1
    SO?!?!?~! I am not disparaging the programming of PBS. My children watched the children's programs all throughout their childhood. What Romney was saying and what I am saying is the idea that axing the measly 500 million with which the govt subsidizes PBS will NOT destory PBS - it is quite capable of sustaining itself. And that subsidy is 500 million we CAN'T AFFORD TO GIVE BECAUSE IT MUST BE BORROWED FROM CHINA IN ORDER TO DONATE IT. What about WE ARE BROKE don't you libs understand!?!?!?!
  • Smitten... carri b... 2012/10/10 14:07:22
  • carri b... Smitten... 2012/10/11 14:32:28
    carri byers
    +1
    The money several of PBS's favorite shows bring in from image franchising would guarantee thos affiliated stations aren't left in the cold - all it would take is agreements to revenue share. That is an option PBS has - America doesn't have an image franchise and we are BROKE. Your response is like a child saying to a parent who is explaining why they can't have his own laptop because it's not in the budget "but dad, it's a great deal, you can't afford not to buy me one". Pffffft!
  • Smitten... carri b... 2012/10/11 19:49:28
  • carri b... Smitten... 2012/10/11 22:41:27
    carri byers
    +1
    You do understand don't you that it is not just the trillion dollar deficit EACH YEAR the US is adding to our debt, but a 17 trillion debt we must also pay back? If you were millions in debt and had deficit spending each year in your budget, I doubt you would have been able or willing to pay for your family members tuition. When you are in the red you don't keep handing out 440 million dollars to organizations that are capable of be self-sustaining.That is common sense - which libs don't seem able to acquire while their hearts are bleeding. explaining a trillion dollars
  • Smitten... carri b... 2012/10/12 14:33:26
  • carri b... Smitten... 2012/10/12 15:23:12
    carri byers
    The majority of Americans think America is a bottomless pocket of funding. They will all find out soon that is not the case when the stalled economy finally feels the disastrous affect of hyper inflation that is inevitable. Not all "cons" think subsidies to oil companies is necessary - I for one would be glad to see those stopped as well. But as Romney pointed out - Obama subsidized his pet green projects with over 90 times the funds used to subsidize oil. Oil has a proven track record - the green companies have returned nothing for the investments made, many of them going bankrupt within 2 years of the investments. That is what ought to make you mad - if you had any common sense.

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