Good Lord: Democrat Fundraising Pitch Asks You to Join ‘Team Big Bird’

Posted by on Oct 06, 2012 at 4:32 pm

This is all they’ve got after Mitt Romney eviscerated Obama the other night?Using Big Bird to raise money? How silly.

Jammie —

What did Big Bird ever do to Mitt Romney?

For two years, Republicans have been pushing this crazy idea that Public Broadcasting is the cause of all our nation’s problems. It’s ridiculous.

Let’s tell Mitt and the Republicans in Congress that their failed policies of the past caused the deficit, not PBS!

Join Team Big Bird: Help us reach 100,000 strong standing up for Public Broadcasting >>

If Mitt Romney had his way, Sesame Street would be toast. And it wouldn’t solve anything.

Add your name to stick up for Public Broadcasting:



Kristie Mark
DCCC Chief Operating officer

Seriously now, who has been pushing the notion PBS is the cause of all our problems? Maybe I’ve been out of touch or something, but except for Romney’s line Wednesday has there been some concerted effort to blame PBS for our fiscal calamity?

Update: Yup, looks like they’re now officially hiding behind Big Bird. This is what they have as a priority now?

Romney’s not out to drive Big Bird off the air. He just doesn’t think that he rates a Washington subsidy — and he’s not alone.

President Obama’s own Simpson-Bowles deficit-reduction commission calls for ending PBS’ subsidy — some $280 million — outright. And for good reason.

PBS is now home to numerous lucrative franchises — with “Sesame Street” the most successful, having earned $211 million in merchandising sales from 2003 to 2006.

Indeed, Sesame Workshop’s total assets at the end of last year stood at more than $411 million — and its CEO is paid nearly $1 million a year.

Which certainly makes Big Bird a 1-percenter, earning far more than Mitt Romney — and paying far less in taxes, to boot.

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2 Responses to “Good Lord: Democrat Fundraising Pitch Asks You to Join ‘Team Big Bird’”

  1. Marcie on 6/06/12 at 9:16 pm

    I can’t find you on Facebook. Your icon on the top right corner duplicates your URL to the post you are reading and doesn’t lead back to Facebook.


  2. MT Geoff on 8/08/12 at 5:13 pm

    Howdy, our host
    Any serious person knows that the PBS portion of the federal budget is spit and that, fiscally, cutting PBS is more symbolic than effective.
    Any serious person also knows that removing the federal component of PBS would leave the current chain of theoretically private and non-profit stations intact but left to float or sink on their own appeal to donors. Which is a good thing.
    Children’s Television Workshop and the Sesame Street entertainment operations make more money than Mitt Romney does; their highest-ranking employees are 1-per-centers. Sesame Street’s merchandising subsidizes other PBS programming heavily.
    And while PBS’s programming is not the cause of all of America’s problems, some of it does contribute to the anti-enterprise, anti-achievement, anti-Western mentality that harms our society.