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Sesame Workshop: 'Big Bird lives on;' we receive 'very little funding from PBS'
CNN ^ | October 4, 2012

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 CNN’s Soledad O’Brien 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 we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.”

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: funding; pbs; sesamestreet

1 posted on 10/05/2012 1:31:44 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Republican Wildcat

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???


2 posted on 10/05/2012 1:34:00 PM PDT by Lysandru
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To: Republican Wildcat

$1 is too much funding.


3 posted on 10/05/2012 1:35:44 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (r)
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To: Republican Wildcat

That’s because they take in $50M a year in royalties.


4 posted on 10/05/2012 1:36:08 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Republican Wildcat

That’s because they take in $50M a year in royalties.


5 posted on 10/05/2012 1:36:27 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Republican Wildcat
But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.”

Yes, exactly, but you won't be deadbeat freeloaders. You'll be earning the money.


6 posted on 10/05/2012 1:38:23 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Republican Wildcat

...so Romney’s cut to PBS WON’T kill Big Bird?

So what is the big stink about?

What’s the problem here?


7 posted on 10/05/2012 1:52:58 PM PDT by Tzimisce (THIS SUCKS)
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.


8 posted on 10/05/2012 1:56:09 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: Tzimisce

it’ll kill Bill Moyers which is much more important to me...


9 posted on 10/05/2012 1:56:29 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Republican Wildcat

SNUFF THE ROOSTER!!!!!!!


10 posted on 10/05/2012 1:57:47 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.”


11 posted on 10/05/2012 1:58:19 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great; until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Take away all public funding and change the show to Sesame Empty Lot.


12 posted on 10/05/2012 2:09:00 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (Obama at the UN: The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Gov. defunding of PBS will only affect the so called news division.


13 posted on 10/05/2012 2:12:31 PM PDT by HChampagne
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.


14 posted on 10/05/2012 2:17:28 PM PDT by Second Amendment First ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not..." - Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Sesame Street is for a great deal drawn by a nazist follover of Ernst Zundel, you PBS slimes.

http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2011/11/21/do-you-know-who-has-your-kids/


15 posted on 10/05/2012 2:21:19 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (I will fear no muslim))
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To: Republican Wildcat
But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.

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.

16 posted on 10/05/2012 2:23:56 PM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

““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.


17 posted on 10/05/2012 2:26:51 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn ( White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: Republican Wildcat
How do you kill Big Bird? Big bird shot.
18 posted on 10/05/2012 2:31:31 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Republican Wildcat

19 posted on 10/05/2012 2:43:33 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: HChampagne

“Gov. defunding of PBS will only affect the so called news division.”

Why would liberals care? They already dumped on Jim Lehrer.


20 posted on 10/05/2012 2:44:49 PM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: Republican Wildcat

“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?


21 posted on 10/05/2012 2:46:39 PM PDT by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Good. Then you won’t miss it when we cut it.


22 posted on 10/05/2012 3:02:15 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Republican Wildcat

Big Bird earned 75 million dollars last year... why does he need federal Welfare?

LLS


23 posted on 10/05/2012 3:07:00 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("If it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Lysandru

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.


24 posted on 10/05/2012 3:10:19 PM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: Tzimisce

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...


25 posted on 10/05/2012 3:15:01 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.


26 posted on 10/05/2012 3:22:31 PM PDT by deputytess (Men of the West .....stand and FIGHT!)
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To: Republican Wildcat
"But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.”

Hey lady, it's the Democrats who always trot out THAT argument AGAINST cutting off any funding to PBS.

27 posted on 10/05/2012 3:37:21 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Lysandru

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.


28 posted on 10/05/2012 3:48:18 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (The whole truth.)
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To: Republican Wildcat

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.


29 posted on 10/05/2012 4:28:24 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: Lysandru

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.


30 posted on 10/05/2012 6:10:30 PM PDT by Chickensoup (STOP The Great O-ppression)
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To: Delhi Rebels

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.


31 posted on 10/05/2012 6:37:34 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Love me, love my guns!©)
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