Posted by Pat Cunningham on Oct 9, 2012 in Uncategorized | 9 comments
Before you watch this ad from the Obama camp, consider THIS and THIS.
PBS President, Paula Kerger, makes over $630K a year. (The US President makes $400k) Its a profitable enterprise. Only 12% of its income is from the government. Why do liberals feel it still needs to be subsidized?
How many corporations would still be profitable if they gave up 12% of their revenues?
An end to federal subsidies of PBS likely would result in the closing of public-TV stations in some small markets, leaving millions of kids without access to Sesame Street, etc.
The big question in all of this is why Romney gratuitously picked on PBS and Big Bird. The answer, of course, is that he was trying to ingratiate himself with the cultural wingnuts who consider Sesame Street a scheme to indoctrinate kids with liberal ideology.
No, he highlighted it because it is an excellent example of the federal government continuing to spend money we don’t have. PBS would easily remain viable without federal dollars adding to their coffers.
The Obama campaign better watch out.
Now Big Bird is ticked. You do not want to anger an 8 foot yellow bird.
Sesame Workshop has asked the Obama campaign to take down a new TV ad that prominently features the famous talking bird, in a satirical spot mocking Mitt Romney for calling for an end to PBS subsidies.
“Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down,” Sesame Workshop said in a statement.
Big Bird and Elmo are perfect constituents for Obama, over 30 years old and still insist on dependency from the government.
Not only is Big Bird mad, I think the effort might be backfiring.
From Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein:
Watching the “Big Bird” ad… I couldn’t help but think back to this part of Obama’s February 2007 speech in Springfield, Ill. when he launched his first campaign for president: “What’s stopped us from meeting these challenges is not the absence of sound policies and sensible plans. What’s stopped us is the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics — the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big problems.”
And Chuck Todd notes on MSNBC:
Serious question though: We’re six days later. The Obama campaign, on their own, seems to be looking back at the debate, not yet figuring out how to turn the page from the debate. Maybe it’s understandable given what we’re seeing given the bounce in the polls, and that it’s part of the entire campaign conversation. But of course they’re the ones running these look-back-at-the-debate ads. And you have to ask yourself, everytime they bring up the debate, is that good for Obama or is that good for Romney?
It takes six hours for the Dept of Defense to spend the entire federal subsidy for PBS.
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