Thursday, October 04, 2012
The controversy about Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo will be covered. You have to click on this link here.
Conservatives are rejoicing after the first presidential debate. Republican nominee Mitt Romney has won the debate, and conservatives are feeling the bounce back! The bounce back has Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity declaring that Mitt Romney's getting his groove back!
These foolish conservatives ignored the feisty Mitt Romney interrupting moderator Jim Lehrer and President Barack Obama. Even more the fact that the Republican nominee had went forth boldly acknowledge that he's willing to cut PBS (through severing ties with Corporation for Public Broadcasting). And to top off his plans to cancel out PBS, he's a fan of Sesame Street star Big Bird.
"I'm sorry Jim. I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm gonna stop other things," Romney said. "I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you too."
"But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for."
Well those comments lit up Twitter and yes it's became viral.
USA Today reports that 30 minutes into the verbal contest between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, the former governor explained that he would cut what he considers non-essential items in the budget, including cuts to PBS, which employs debate moderator Jim Lehrer.
The Daily Mail reports the official Sesame Street Twitter account revealed that the giant yellow avian was unaware of his political role.
The show's creators sent out a tweet purportedly from Big Bird saying: "My bed time is usually 7.45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?"
Moments later, a more serious tweet appeared distancing the show from partisan politics.
"We are a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization,' the message read. 'We do not comment on campaigns, but we’re happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird!'"
Minutes after the Republican candidate made his remarks, a Twitter account with the handle @BIGBIRD was created. The first tweet was "WTF Mitt Romney... :("
Later, the account wrote: "Yo Mitt Romney, Sesame Street is brought to you today by the letters F & U! #debates #SupportBigBird."
Moments later, a photo began circulating on Twitter of a forlorn-looking Big Bird holding a cardboard sign that reads "will work for food."
In less than an hour, thousands of Twitter comments about Romney's Big Bird remark poured in -- most of them sympathetic of the ubiquitous childhood stable.
The Los Angeles Times tweeted: "Mitt Romney loves Big Bird, will kill funding for him anyway."
Another user said: "Children around the world traumatized about Romney promising to kill Big Bird."
Public broadcasting funding, including PBS and NPR, has long been in the sights of conservatives.
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting receives about $450 million from Congress each year. About $280 million goes to PBS and the local stations.
Federal funding makes up about 12 per cent of the PBS budget.
Supporters were quick to point out that the figure amounts to 0.007 percent of the federal budget - about 80 cents per American.
Romney promised he wouldn't 'kill Big Bird' while he was campaigning in Iowa last year, but still pledged to cut PBS funding.
"Big Bird is going to have advertisements, all right?" he said. "And we're going to have endowments for the arts and humanities, but they're going to be paid for by private charity, not by taxpayers."