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Desperate Dems Hide Behind Big Bird
2 years ago
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Desperate Dems Hide Behind Big Bird

by Michelle Malkin

Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2012

 

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.

2 years ago

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.”

 

I think they can dang well make it on thier own without harnessing tax dollars from hard working Americans!

 

Investigative journalist James O’Keefe caught former NPR exec Ron Schiller on tape trashing the Tea Party as “racist” and “Islamophobic.” 

 

I swear all of these leftist's and left leaning businesses are nothing but a pure bunch of radicals!! And we wonder why the sheeples who follow them talk the way they do and say the things they do!? No wonder!! They have great leaders who teach them well!!

 

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.

 

Amen to this!!!!!!

2 years ago

Big Bird is the richest puppet in America so I hardly think he needs the money from the government.  A government subsidized media is one that can then be used for propaganda.  The Dems have long run some of the programs to benefit their thinking.  It is time for the American government to GET OUT of the media business.

2 years ago

WHAT OBAMA INHERITED >>>>>> WHAT WE HAVE NOW

 

AAA Credit Rating >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> AA- Credit Rating


7.8% Unemployment >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 7.8% Unemployment?????


$1.84 Gas/Gallon >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>  $3.87 Gas/Gallon


10 Trillion Debt >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 16+ Trillion $ Debt


2 Wars >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 2 Wars


26 Weeks of unemployment >>>>>>>>>>>>> 99 Weeks of unemployment


Annual Budget >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NO ANNUAL BUDGET!


RELIGIOUS FREEDOM >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> NO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM


RESPECT AROUND THE WORLD >>>>>>> NO RESPECT!


A FRIEND IN EGYPT >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD


Avg. Time on Unemployment,19 Weeks >>>> Now 42 Weeks


Gross Debt. 72% >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> GDP. 106%


Medium Income $55,000 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> $50,000


26 Million On food stamps >>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 47 Million On food stamps

 



This post was modified from its original form on 06 Oct, 1:44



This post was modified from its original form on 06 Oct, 1:44
2 years ago

I have been against federal taxes paying for PBS and the rest of the 'Arts' since the day I learned about it.  People who want to watch PBS should support it.  Those who don't, shouldn't have to.  Those are the kind of things that should lose funding, not teachers, police and firefighters!

 

Cam, that was a good comparison chart!  Nice work bro!  I noticed on the news yesterday that gas prices jumped 20 cents yesterday, 40 cents this week.  They said that some stations in CA had to close and others are now over $5 a gallon!

 

From the AP:

Motorist Tony Klein fills up his 1967 Cutlass V-8 at a gas station in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Motorists in California paid an average of $4.232 per gallon Wednesday. That’s 45 cents higher than the national average and exceeded only by Hawaii among the 50 states.
Motorist Tony Klein fills up his 1967 Cutlass V-8 at a gas station in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012. Motorists in California paid an average of $4.232 per gallon Wednesday. That’s 45 cents higher than the national average and exceeded only by Hawaii among the 50 states. / AP

Californians woke up to a shock Friday as overnight gasoline prices jumped by as much as 20 cents a gallon in some areas, ending a week of soaring costs that saw some stations close and others charge record prices.

The average price of regular gas across the state was nearly $4.49 a gallon, the highest in the nation, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge report.

In Southern California, the price jumped 20 cents a gallon overnight to $4.53 in Ventura. And in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area prices went up 19 cents to nearly $4.54. And it wasn't any better to the north, as a gallon of regular gas in San Francisco averaged nearly $4.60.

In many areas, prices have jumped 40 cents in a week as refinery problems have created shortages and helped send wholesale prices soaring. Some stations ran out of gas and shut down Thursday rather than pay those costs.

Even Costco, the giant discount store chain that sells large volumes of gas, decided to close some stations, the Los Angeles Times (lat.ms/OGwEV2) reported.

"We do not know when we will be resupplied," read a sign at one Southern California Costco, according to the Times.

Other gas stations charged more than $5 a gallon. The Low-P station in Calabasas charged $5.69 Thursday. The pumps bore hand-written signs reading: "We are sorry, it is not our fault," the Times said.

See full story at http://www.clarionledger.com/viewart/20121005/NEWS/121005021/Gas-prices-rise-California-up-20-cents-overnight?odyssey=nav|head

2 years ago

I couldn't agree with you more....PBS should beable to operate by donations by those who watch...not our tax dollars.  It is a very bias network and our tax dollars should not be funding a network that is.  Just like our tax dollars should not be funding Planned Parenthood.....so be it!!!!

2 years ago

This is how corruption starts.  Give a group money, then tell them there won't be more if they don't play the game.  Stop giving them tax dollars and you put a stop to the corruption. 

2 years ago

And Lord do we need that now!!!!!!!!!

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