Skip to comments.Sesame Workshop: 'Big Bird lives on;' we receive 'very little funding from PBS'
Posted on 10/05/2012 1:31:31 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
Before Mitt Romney said he was going to stop the subsidy to PBS, even though he likes Big Bird, at the first presidential debate, Sherrie Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer, Sesame Workshop, told CNNs Soledad OBrien that cuts to public broadcasting will not kill Big Bird.
Westin says, Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS. So, we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship. So quite frankly, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of public broadcasting. But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say were going to kill Big Bird that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.
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It’s like this for me. With $16 trillion in national debt and annual deficits well over $1 trillion— why does the federal government need to fund broadcasting in any form? Isn’t this a luxury???
$1 is too much funding.
That’s because they take in $50M a year in royalties.
That’s because they take in $50M a year in royalties.
Yes, exactly, but you won't be deadbeat freeloaders. You'll be earning the money.
...so Romney’s cut to PBS WON’T kill Big Bird?
So what is the big stink about?
What’s the problem here?
Exactly. Cuts to PBS will NOT kill Big Bird.
That’s the whole idea. We should not be going into more debt to give money to a tv show that really doesn’t need our help.
it’ll kill Bill Moyers which is much more important to me...
SNUFF THE ROOSTER!!!!!!!
Big Bird lives on...
Which exactly makes Romney’s point,.
When the prospect of PBS going off the dole is raised, this is what they always say: “Hey, we don’t get THAT much from Uncle Sugar!”
Well, OK, I say back, “Well then, you probably won’t even miss it, being such a little drop in the bucket.”
Take away all public funding and change the show to Sesame Empty Lot.
Gov. defunding of PBS will only affect the so called news division.
Big Bird and all the other billionaires and millionaires that live on Sesame Street should not be receiving handouts from the government.
Those 1%ers hardly need the money what with all the royalties they receive.
No more handouts for filthy rich puppets.
Sesame Street is for a great deal drawn by a nazist follover of Ernst Zundel, you PBS slimes.
Excuse me, Sherrie, but it's the other way around. We say we want to cut PBS and your side trots out that the cold, heartless and greedy Republicans want to kill Big Bird.
“Sesame Workshop receives very, very little funding from PBS. So, we are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship.”
Then why do you shake down taxpayers every year, Sherrie?
It’s just like all of Bathhouse Barry’s billionaire and millionaire buddies who say taxes are too low for them but who never voluntarily send in larger tax payments.
“Gov. defunding of PBS will only affect the so called news division.”
Why would liberals care? They already dumped on Jim Lehrer.
“Sherrie Westin, executive vice president and chief marketing officer”
The same Sherrie Westin that a local talk show host said this morning, makes over 600k a year?
Good. Then you won’t miss it when we cut it.
Big Bird earned 75 million dollars last year... why does he need federal Welfare?
The government spends more each year on Voice of America and Radio Marti’ than they do on Corporation for Public Broadcasting. I think they need to pull the plug on all of them.
Romney’s winning the argument then. In years past, politicians calling for cuts to PBS have been castigated for trying to kill Big Bird. Now that it looks like it might happen, the MSM feels obligated to point out that Big Bird will survive.
Frontline and such are another story...
You cant go into a store with Sesame Street merchandise smacking you in the face. They even have an amusement park. BB can buy his own seed.
Hey lady, it's the Democrats who always trot out THAT argument AGAINST cutting off any funding to PBS.
This is a huge relief for me. I have not been able to sleep since the other night with visions of Mitt putting BB down with a shotgun. I still think that Bert and Ernie should be tied to the nearest train tracks just before the 5:10 express goes through.
All Romney’s campaign has to point out is that CTW is a multi-billion dollar a year enterprise, and doesn’t need the government’s help.
In fact, were Big Bird end up with Nick, Disney, or somebody else, then we are likely talking billions, not millions, and CTW will be just fine.
PBS, however, needs to go.
With the kind of monies made by the Sesame Street franchise, including licensing, they should be paying for their own channel, not receiving gvnt funding. I hope they are not considered a non profit.
Sick that there is still government funded leftist television.
Is that the same Voice of America/Radio Free Europe that convinced the Hungarians to revolt in 1956? Defunding is almost 60 years over due.
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