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Sen. DeMint Takes on ‘Muppet Lobby’
WSJ ^ | 2/16/11 | Naftali Bendavid

Posted on 02/16/2011 6:28:56 PM PST by pissant

Looks like it’s Jim DeMint vs. Elmo.

To fight back against Republican plans to cut funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Democrats and other supporters have been enlisting the help of the lovable creatures from Sesame Street and other popular public broadcasting programs. Today, Arthur the aardvark appeared at a Capitol Hill press conference.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogs.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: demint; pbs
We've been down this road several times before. In one, it was old Federalism Fred that came to PBS rescue. DeMint, I like you, but my money is on Elmo, TKO in the 2nd.
1 posted on 02/16/2011 6:29:01 PM PST by pissant
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To: pissant

I say a big ole Oscar the Grouch bah, humbug.

Sesame Street itself is good enough that it could be easily privatized by someone like Disney or MGM. The rest of the drek couldn’t survive without subsidy and should be allowed to die a merciful death.


2 posted on 02/16/2011 6:33:04 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: pissant

IF there is sufficient demand for NPR, it should be able to stand on its own...period. The PBS TV funding is, in fact, a tougher nut to crack because of the emotional games played with the children’s programming. If compromise is needed, they need to maintain funding for only the children’s educational portions and dump the rest. In 2011, there are a dozen or two dozen other channels with political roundtables and news. The model created 50 years ago simply is not relevant today. Shift the children’s education into a different department, and slice the rest.


3 posted on 02/16/2011 6:33:56 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: upchuck

ping


4 posted on 02/16/2011 6:36:52 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: pissant

DeMint!


5 posted on 02/16/2011 6:38:36 PM PST by FTJM
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To: pissant

I think I vaguely the Muppets coming to the rescue the last time the Republicans tried to cut PBS funding. If the funds were cut, children everywhere would cease learning how to count and spell.

It didn’t take the Republicans long to put up their hands and surrender.


6 posted on 02/16/2011 6:40:33 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: FTJM
DeMint is going to get roughed up a bit, I think. LOL


7 posted on 02/16/2011 6:42:01 PM PST by pissant ((Bachmann 2012 - Freepmail to get on/off PING list))
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Sesame Street has already been privatized by... PBS. The PBS/Sprout cable channel is packed with commercials.
It’s competitor for toddler eyes, Nick Jr, with exception of ad’s for it’s own programming has no commercials.


8 posted on 02/16/2011 6:46:04 PM PST by The Free Engineer
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To: pissant




Its high time someone whacked that obnoxious dinosaur
9 posted on 02/16/2011 6:47:09 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine (I'm shocked! Shocked to find out that gambling is going on in here!)
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To: pissant

If PBS goes off the air a commercial channel will pick up Elmo and his friends.


10 posted on 02/16/2011 6:48:37 PM PST by bwc2221 ("")
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To: pissant

11 posted on 02/16/2011 6:55:27 PM PST by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: pissant

Eliminate all the NPR and PBS funding.


12 posted on 02/16/2011 6:59:45 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Fido969

Hey kids, ask mom if she would rather eat or watch Elmo?


13 posted on 02/16/2011 7:00:20 PM PST by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter.)
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To: ilgipper
The model created 50 years ago simply is not relevant today. Shift the children’s education into a different department, and slice the rest.

The "model" was based on classical music and "education" for areas which were "underserved". Lake Placid, NY served as the "model" -- being a 100 miles away from any other signal...and in the Adirondack mountains where no signal could reach.

It was also the ski resort of choice for the era's "beautiful people".

Children's programming wasn't part of the "model" until the late sixties -- early seventies.

What we have now is a whole network full of programming that is a.) self-indulgent on the part of the producers and actors and b.) funded by the taxpayers...when there is absolutely no need for their product! That's without bringing up the issue of their incessant liberal politicking.

If the producers and actors want to survive, then they should turn a profit -- just like the rest of us do. If they can't do that, they should expire -- just like the rest of us do.

Beneath it all, I don't care that they are universally liberal. I care that they prosper on the subsidy provided by my tax money.

14 posted on 02/16/2011 7:08:56 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: pissant

15 posted on 02/16/2011 7:09:58 PM PST by FTJM
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To: pissant
A more appropriate aardvark.

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16 posted on 02/16/2011 7:30:47 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: pissant

The Sesame Street show producers and franchise owners make monster profits from branded Sesame Street merchandise. Years ago the show was created by PBS, but the non-business savvy PBS execs let PBS these profits slip away when the contacts came up. PBS pays the Sesame Street outfit for the show and gives them air time, but has never seen the real $ the show generates.

This and other poor business management at PBS means the taxpayers get soaked. Another example is all the fancy equipment and high staff levels PBS stations have compared to commercial station, again taxpayers pay. Time to cut PBS from the government teat.


17 posted on 02/16/2011 7:52:01 PM PST by RicocheT
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To: Fido969

A number of years ago I walked into my wifes office as some of the ladies of the CSR team were discussing “Brokebutt Mountain” between phone calls. I then learned about the movie from my wife when I asked her what the “H” they were talking about.

I can understand from the explanation I got why they disgustingly called it “Brokebutt Mountain”.


18 posted on 02/16/2011 8:06:21 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: pissant; 506Lake; alrea; Amanda King; americanophile; Artemis Webb; Babsig; be-baw; ...
Admirable backbone, Senator DeMint. We're with you all the way.

  
Jim
DeMint
Ping!

Want on or off this ping list? Just FReepmail me.

Follow Sen. DeMint on Twitter.

19 posted on 02/16/2011 8:18:26 PM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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To: rockinqsranch

I found that there were lots of PBS programs that are quite good. Mystery, for example, has been wonderful for years. Remember NOVA? There are great things out there; I’d hate to see them discontinued or have 10 minutes of commercials (no exaggerations) between segments.


20 posted on 02/16/2011 8:18:44 PM PST by slightlyovertaxed
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To: pissant

This idiot doesn’t understand the difference between Sesame Street and the Muppets. The Muppets never appeared on Sesame Street. This includes Kermit, Miss Piggy, dr. swinepok, Burt, Ernie and the Swedish Chef.

Meanwhile, Big Bird, Snuffy and the Cookie Monster never appeared on the Muppets.

You’d expect a WSJ reporter to get the basics right. Otherwise we’ll have Mickey Mouse in a Roadrunner cartoon.


21 posted on 02/16/2011 8:19:41 PM PST by RossA
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22 posted on 02/16/2011 8:23:13 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: okie01

Bill Moyers became rich on the public purse. Interesting to note that he left the Johnson camp because even they found him insufferable.


23 posted on 02/16/2011 8:48:04 PM PST by RobbyS (Pray with the suffering souls.)
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To: upchuck

>> Admirable backbone, Senator DeMint. We’re with you all the way.

Indeed, and thanks for the ping.


24 posted on 02/17/2011 2:17:09 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: slightlyovertaxed

I don’t watch television myself, but my wife does, and agrees with you, however it’s NOT the business of the Federal Government to be taxing, and spending on such as the Corporation for Public Broadcasting especially as it is used for political purposes.

If one allegedly good thing that is not of sound Constitutional policy is allowed to stand, then the Left will have been gifted their way.

The American success story is based in the Constitution, not in the ideology of the Leftists, the Socialist Democrats.


25 posted on 02/17/2011 3:36:10 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Fido969

Bert's one of those guys Beck has been talking about..

26 posted on 02/17/2011 4:18:57 AM PST by MontaniSemperLiberi (Moutaineers are Always Free)
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