Skip to comments.Million Muppet March Media Bias~ An Example of How the Liberal Media Spins the News
Posted on 10/14/2012 3:09:10 PM PDT by lbryce
An October 12, 2012, a Reuters (Canada) article, linked on the DRUDGE REPORT, illustrated how the old liberal media spins the news by reporting less than the whole truth.
The article is entitled Million Muppet March planned to defend U.S. backing for PBS.
Heres the key, though incomplete, information in the piece:
Plans to save Big Bird, the fuzzy yellow character on U.S. public televisions Sesame Street, from possible extinction are taking shape in the form of a puppet-based protest next month dubbed the Million Muppet March.
The demonstration is planned for November 3 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., three days before the general election.
Michael Bellavia, 43, an animation executive from Los Angeles, and Chris Mecham, 46, a university student in Idaho, separately came up with the Million Muppet March idea in response.
Bellavia bought the Internet address www.millionmuppetmarch.com during the debate and discovered Mecham had already started a Facebook page by the same name.
Within 30 minutes of the end of the debate they were on the phone with each other, planning the march.
I figured, why just make it a virtual show of support? Why not take this opportunity because it seemed like there was already a growing interest in it and actually make it an active, participatory event, Bellavia said. I literally just said, Its happening.
Both men consider themselves fans of Sesame Street, perhaps the best-known program on PBS, which received $445 million of $3.8 trillion in federal budget outlays in 2012.
Mecham is a writer who is studying political science at Boise State University out of his interest in healthcare policy.
Bellavia is president of the animation studio Animax Entertainment, founded by former Second City actor Dave Thomas.
Now for the untold rest of the story.
Mecham is a sophomore at Boise State University struggling to recover from crystal meth addiction. Power to him.
Bellavia is the Chief Executive Officer of Animax Entertainment. One of his companys clients is Sesame Workshop, making him more than just a casual fan of Big Bird.
Sesame Workshop, formerly known as the Childrens Television Workshop (CTW), is a Worldwide American non-profit organization behind the production of several educational childrens programs that have run on public broadcasting around the world (including PBS in the United States). Sesame Workshop was instrumental in the establishment of education childrens television in the 1960s, and continues to provide grants for educational childrens programming four decades later. Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett were the original founders, with the intention of producing a revolutionary television series based on cutting-edge research into childhood learning. The result was Sesame Street, a landmark program which has been reproduced in countries around the world.
Although it was originally funded by the Carnegie Corporation and the United States Office of Education, the majority of the Workshops funding is now earned through licensing the use of their characters to a variety of corporations to use for books, toys, and other products marketed toward children. This ensures that the Workshop has reliable access to funding for its programming without depending on unpredictable grants.
Looks like Big Bird helps pay Bellavias salary.
Michael Bellavia and Chris MechamBellavia is a member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). In fact, hes listed on their website as the Events Chair of the PGAs New Media Council Board of Delegates. The PGA is the non-profit trade group that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media.
So is the Million Muppet March a PGA-staged event? Starting to look that way isnt it?
On its face, the Reuters story appeared to be about two guys whose interests just happen to converge on the idea of a Million Muppet March.
But theres more here that makes us wonder about the veracity of the Reuters account.
On one of Mechams websites, he posts a tweet wherein we learn that the application for the march, scheduled for the Saturday before Election Day, was only submitted on October 5. In that case, approval for the planned, mass D.C. event came at warp speed from city officials. (So who pays for the extra police needed?)
You suppose the speed with which the application was approved had anything to do with city officials wanting to host a mass event, which will clearly be perceived as favorable to President Obama, just a few days before the election?
One way the old liberal media spins the truth is to not tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Sometimes we only get just part of the truth.
More appropriately, “The 1% Strikes Back!” March.
If the Occupy Sesame Street crowd can afford a million muppets in this economy, what the hell is the problem?
Romney in November, and a Big Bird drumstick for Thankgiving! Who’s with me?!?!?
Read Ann Coulter’s new book “Mugged,” if you REALLY want a reason to despise the MSM!
There is so much blood on their collective hands finding network news crews lynched in broad daylight would not be shocking.
Yeah let’s encourage kids to sit in front of a TV for hours watching Big Bird like a mindless zombie instead of playing with their friends or with their toys.
“Mecham is a sophomore at Boise State University struggling to recover from crystal meth addiction. Power to him. “
No, we don’t want people like him to be in power.
Since the government helped fund Sesame Street as a startup and helped promote it, now that it is making money, the government should own part of the profits. Instead of Sesame Workshop continuing to get funding, they ought to be paying dividends to government!
The Marxists who like to think they are trendsetters are nothing more than preschoolers in their thought processes and that is true no matter how many degrees they have. Big Bird can do just fine without a president as his keeper. The American people are a bit slow sometimes, but they are not stupid enough to be impressed by such puerile nonsense. Peter Pan Syndrome drives the Marxist and homosexually-fixated Obama camp.
“Shows like Sesame Street are thriving, multimillion-dollar enterprises,” DeMint wrote. “According to the 990 tax form all nonprofits are required to file, Sesame Workshop President and CEO Gary Knell received $956,513 — nearly a million dollars — in compensation in 2008. And, from 2003 to 2006, Sesame Street made more than $211 million from toy and consumer product sales. Big Bird will be just fine without his federal subsidies.”