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90 Second Video Shutting Down Big Bird Argument
You Tube ^ | 10/14/2012 | M Boleyn

Posted on 10/16/2012 10:09:47 AM PDT by Rebel_Ace

Here is a 90 second video that basically shuts down all argument about whether or not Big Bird (ie Sesame Street) needs Federal Funding.

Watch the Video Here

TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: bigbird; merchandising; pbs; romney
This should quiet down anyone claiming that Big Bird needs Federal Assistance...
1 posted on 10/16/2012 10:09:54 AM PDT by Rebel_Ace
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To: Rebel_Ace

something’s really wrong with this video, why is Grover orange?

2 posted on 10/16/2012 10:15:29 AM PDT by MNDude (OWS Movement RIP)
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To: MNDude

A little Googling suggests that image is from the Japanese version of Sesame Street, which has a character who looks like Grover but is female and orange.

3 posted on 10/16/2012 10:21:40 AM PDT by Sloth (If a tax break counts as "spending" then every time I don't rob a bank should be a "deposit.")
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To: Rebel_Ace

Muppets are millionaires!

4 posted on 10/16/2012 10:24:43 AM PDT by donna (Pray for revival.)
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To: donna
Donna, the correct phrase is "Millonaires and Billionaires" they have to be said together, as per the DNC instructions.
5 posted on 10/16/2012 10:30:50 AM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: Rebel_Ace
Big Bird doesn't get Federal Assistance. Sesame Workshop creates a show. Actually it creates several shows; Sesame Street is only one of them. It sells those shows to public television stations, who are the ones who get Federal Assistance. If Congress pulled funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting tomorrow then Sesame Workshop would sell their shows to Nickelodeon or ABC Family or some other network. And it would continue to market the characters that it trademarked. And it'll continue to make a boatload of money doing so. And why should they be criticized for that?

I'd love to see them pull the funding for PBS and Voice of America and Radio Marti and all the other broadcasing systems the government runs. Doing that would save over a billion a year.

6 posted on 10/16/2012 10:38:05 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Delhi Rebels
You are absolutely correct that it is PBS that gets the Federal dough, no argument from me there. However, every time the Sesame Street program is aired on PBS, it amounts to a taxpayer subsidised 30 minute commercial for their merchandise.

The Left however has framed the argument that Mitt Romney would somehow KILL Sesame Street if funding were pulled from PBS, so by demonstrating that Sesame Street is a SERIOUS cash cow, it solidifies two positions:

(1) Sesame Street is actually big business, and can stand on its own two feet (it is, actually, but people routinely conflate Sesame Street with PBS)

(2) PBS could easily charge Big Bird for their air time, eliminating the need for Federal $$$

7 posted on 10/16/2012 11:03:51 AM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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To: Rebel_Ace

PBS could charge Sesame Workshop for airtime ala infomercial but they never will.

- The second they proposed it Sesame Workshop walks on the meeting and announces their programming is up for open bids.

- Disney, which owns the rest of the Muppet characters and franchises, opens up the check book and reunites the Sesame Workshop characters with their always for profit counterparts.

Jim Henson, RIP, was completely adamant about keeping the Sesame Street and Muppet franchises separate from the Disney deal. A fact which Michael Eisner hated since their had been no successful Muppet franchise on commercial TV since 1981.

This whole argument has got to be a nightmare scenario for Sesame Workshop. Their financials are being brought way out into the open. Maybe not in terms and accuracy suitable for an SEC report but accurate enough to show the public that subsidizing PBS is a boondoggle.

The delicious irony of all of this is that the feel good liberals all up and down the line with this program and PBS will eat each other alive if it means survival for one and continued profitability for the other.

8 posted on 10/16/2012 3:00:36 PM PDT by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: PittsburghAfterDark

Well said and well thought out, PittsburghAfterDark.

9 posted on 10/17/2012 7:35:13 AM PDT by Rebel_Ace (Tags?!? Tags?!? We don' neeeed no stinkin' Tags!)
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