The GOP Vs. Sesame Street

Elmo Testifies Before CongressVia Fox News:

The Muppets are finding Capitol Hill isn’t quite as friendly as Sesame Street.

After being thrust into the political spotlight Wednesday at a Democratic-held press conference to defend funding for public broadcasting, the Muppets are now the target of Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who accuses the PBS stars of being “political animals.”

In a blog entitled “The Muppet Lobby,” the South Carolina conservative — who like the rest of his party wants to end taxpayer funding for public media — pointed to Elmo’s testimony before Congress about the need for more arts funding, his participation in other press conferences to increase spending on public broadcasting and his appearances on the lecture circuit last year with Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genochowski to promote federal broadband Internet.

“At this rate, Americas can expect Big Bird to start filming commercials to hype ObamaCare,” he wrote on his blog. “If the FCC can borrow Elmo from PBS to build support for their plans, what’s to stop the Department of Health and Human Services from feeding Big Bird some lines?”

On Wednesday, Democratic Reps. Ed Markey, Betty McCollum held a press conference that featured Arthur the Aardvark, Elmo and Big Bird. The furry animals didn’t speak, but Arthur maintained a painted grin as Markey railed against Republicans’ plans to cut funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in a temporary spending bill to keep the government operating through the rest of the year.

“This is an ideological attack on public broadcasting,” Markey reportedly said. “Arthur, your silence is eloquent.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Sorry, mi compadres, but this is one where I gotta side with the Falangists:

    Sesame Street is a symbol of the Weimar-like decadance and perversion that is destroying our bedrock ‘Merican values, like military spending and the missionary position.

    Case in point in this very photo. See, what Nancy “San Francisco Values” Pelosi is trying to hide from you here is the fact that, despite the apparently respectable bourgeoisie tie and blazer combo on display here, Elmo is NOT WEARING TROUSERS. Never has, never will.

    Oh yeah, that and the fact that Sesame Street seduces America’s most vulnerable little citizens with the Jacobin phantasies of literacy and numeracy. Next thing you know, the little blighters will be tempted to read shit for themselves and make up their own minds, regardless of the conventional wisdom!

    PBS’s corrupting influence must be stopped and stopped NOW. First stop: Sesame Street; Next stop: Tahrir Square!

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Sorry, mi compadres, but this is one where I gotta side with the Falangists:

    Sesame Street is a symbol of the Weimar-like decadance and perversion that is destroying our bedrock ‘Merican values, like military spending and the missionary position.

    Case in point in this very photo. See, what Nancy “San Francisco Values” Pelosi is trying to hide from you here is the fact that, despite the apparently respectable bourgeoisie tie and blazer combo on display here, Elmo is NOT WEARING TROUSERS. Never has, never will.

    Oh yeah, that and the fact that Sesame Street seduces America’s most vulnerable little citizens with the Jacobin phantasies of literacy and numeracy. Next thing you know, the little blighters will be tempted to read shit for themselves and make up their own minds, regardless of the conventional wisdom!

    PBS’s corrupting influence must be stopped and stopped NOW. First stop: Sesame Street; Next stop: Tahrir Square!

  • Anonymous

    The difference between puppets and the senate? Puppets have shorter control wires……..

  • GoodDoktorBad

    The difference between puppets and the senate? Puppets have shorter control wires……..

  • Anonymous

    Why the Republican attack in public broadcasting, quite simply corporate controlled mass media will seek to destroy anything that competes with it’s message.

  • rtb61

    Why the Republican attack in public broadcasting, quite simply corporate controlled mass media will seek to destroy anything that competes with it’s message.