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Is Sesame Street All A Front for Promoting “Liberal Politics?”

Is Sesame Street All A Front for Promoting “Liberal Politics?”

Earlier this year, Congressional Republicans were clamoring to defund PBS, calling it a drain on the meager financial resources of the country.  But why did they really want to oust Elmo?  Because apparently “Sesame Street” is a liberal propaganda machine. 

According to one conservative author, it’s the Shoe “Fairy” that gave them away.

Via the Daily Caller:

In his new book “Primetime Propoganda,” syndicated columnist Ben Shapiro asserts that children’s show “Sesame Street” pushes liberal politics on viewers.

Published by HarperCollins, the book claims that the PBS program has gone after the right for years. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Shapiro notes, “Sesame Street” tried to convey the message that conflicts should be resolved peacefully, suggesting that the Bush Administration should compromise rather than go to war.

“‘Sesame Street’ tried to tackle divorce, ‘peaceful conflict resolution’ in the aftermath of 9/11, and had Neil Patrick Harris [a gay actor] on the show, playing the subtly named ‘fairy shoeperson,’” Shapiro said.

You know who else advocates “conflicts should be solved peacefully?”  Parents of toddlers and preschoolers, who try to help young children understand that you can’t slug each other to get the toy that another child is currently playing with.

I grew up on Sesame Street as a child.  I still remember “C is for cookie” or the little child walking down the street trying to memorize his shopping list “a loaf of bread, a carton of milk, and a stick of butter.” 

I also remember learning to count.  Learning my colors.  Learning snippets of Spanish.  I remember learning.  I didn’t have pre-school, I didn’t have daycare, but I did have Sesame Street.

Sesame Street and PBS have always been about educating, especially making learning fun for very small children.  But wanting educational access for everyone, and giving all children a stepping stone towards learning, apparently is “liberal politics” these days.



Photo by Benmckune at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

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11:05AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

It's for young children don't read into everything.

8:19PM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

Hope the views of you people are the views of the majority of Americans, because if so there's hope for us all! Congratulations! Sent a whole bunch of green stars!

8:54AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

The Republican party and Religions are fundamentally death cults that portray life as a miserable thing to be endured, and after you die you will get sky pie in the sky pie kingdom, and sit next to the pie god.

It does not surprise me at all that a bunch of Teabagger Religitards don't care about conservation, saving endangered species, preserving the natural world, or really doing anything constructive/positive. In their eyes all is filth and evil if it doesn't come from a book that a bunch of uneducated sand jockeys who thought the world was flat wrote over 2000 years ago.

8:47AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

I used to admire politicians as doing the good work for society, but after years of stupid, grasping, selfish people being elected, I realize that they are merely part of a large (but thankfully, not majority) of the same kind of people who elect them. These repub ideas that are promoted are selfish and mean-spirited.

9:29AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

It's a kids show get over yourselves. If they want to promote peace well it's a good thing.

5:22AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Sesame Street a front for promoting liberal politics? Sigh. Unbelievable.

4:51AM PDT on Jun 9, 2011

Of course peaceful resolution of conflicts is left wing--the right wing way is the use of force to get what you want--MIGHT MAKES RIGHT. I lean left myself.

12:59PM PDT on Jun 6, 2011

there is nothing wrong with Sesame Street. if it has a libreal leaning its because Republicans are forced from birth not to think for themselves. That dreaning and using your imigination is bad, and that hatred and crulty to people with a different view is good.

8:00PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Wonder what the Repubs are smoking, or drinking, or something the rest of us are not doing! Whatever it is, it certainly skews their thinking! Teaching our children the good things in life as well as looking for peaceful ways to solve conflict is now a bad thing? Far out!!!!!

On the bright side; they've just made a pretty good case for those who DO espouse peaceful solutions and a fair go for all! The ball's now in your court, citizens of the US of A.

1:44AM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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