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.


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jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

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

Shirley Marsh
Shirley Marsh4 years ago

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!

Derp Herpington
.4 years ago

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.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

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.

clara H.
Clara Hamill4 years ago

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

Lynne B.
Lynne Buckley4 years ago

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

Grace Adams
Grace Adams4 years ago

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.

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago

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.

Shirley M.
Shirley Marsh4 years ago

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.

K s Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.