Yes, there was a march in DC yesterday to protest Mitt Romney’s remark that he was going to shut off spending for PBS. Somehow, that translates into ending Sesame Street. Says Newt Gingrich in the Washington Times;
“This happened to me back in 1995. Anytime you mention PBS, they trot out Big Bird, which is an absurdity,” Mr. Gingrich said on Fox News.
“The actor who plays Big Bird makes $317,000 a year for being inside a bird suit. The Sesame Street Company makes $800 million a year gross revenue of which 6 percent comes from the government. But it is so important to liberals.”
Yes, the hyperbole was flowing at the march, says the Washington Post;
“I am the way I am — I’m an artist — because of ‘Sesame Street’ and PBS,” said Michael Montgomery, who came up from Orlando with puppet Eddie. “To even think that that could go away is sad, and I want to raise my support for it in any way that I can.”
“I used to work for Sesame Street, and not only did it change my life as a kid, it changed my life as an adult,” said Michael Schupbach, who came in from New York City with his puppet Malcolm. “I can speak for the people who work there, everyone there knows how important their job is, they know they’re reaching 17 million kids every day.”
Yeah, I’m pretty sure that the Muppets won’t go away. I remember that they had a popular show on TV a few decades ago. They pump out profitable movies every few years. If, for some reason, they didn’t get government fundingand in the unlikely event that Public Broadcasting went away, I’m sure the Sesame Street crowd would find a new home on one of the countless children channels on cable if not on a broadcast network channel.
If there are 17 million viewers everyday, someone would spot the opportunity. If any other group of millionaires were marching in the streets because their government funding was getting cut off, I doubt anyone would pay this much attention to them.
And they said in the Washington Post article that it wasn’t a political march. How stupid do they think we are?