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.