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PBS to Screen Magical Mystery Tour

Christian science monitor reports:

It’s not easy to find an unexplored corner of Beatlemania, but PBS brings viewers inside Magical Mystery Tour, the 1967 British TV film behind the album from the Fab Four by the same name. The show interviews Beatles as well as Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda, and a slew of British personalities about the impact of the film. Full of veiled references to psychedelic drugs and anarchy, it never aired in the United States, but now “Great Performances offers Magical Mystery Tour Revisited Dec. 14 at 9 p.m., followed by the film itself at 10 p.m.

That The Beatles’ shambolic Magical Mystery Tour film never even aired in the US explains a lot to me. Their career appears to be divided into two distinct parts, with Sgt Pepper being the dividing line. I have a lot of difficulty explaining to friends of mine, who agree with my more alternative musical preferences, why I love The Beatles.… Read the rest

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Romney’s Threat to Big Bird Confuses Those in Other Countries

Pat Nixon welcomes Big Bird to the White House

Picture: Wikimedia Commons (CC)

Twitter exploded following the first presidential debate after candidate Mitt Romney promised to de-fund Sesame Street on PBS, resulting in dozens of parody accounts, a perplexed Big Bird, and some SNL punning. And while conservatives (who disproportionately think that PBS is liberal social engineering) were thrilled, many people in other nations were left scratching their heads.

via Robert Mackey at NYTime’s The Lede Blog:

Mr. Romney’s decision to run against Big Bird gladdened American conservatives, who have long complained of a liberal bias on public television and radio channels, but puzzled many viewers abroad, where local versions of the educational program are popular and well respected. In France, Le Monde reported that the slight against le Gros Oiseau threatened to spiral into “l’affaire Big Bird,” after President Obama — experiencing a certain esprit d’escalier — came up, a day late, with the retort: “Thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on Big Bird.

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Mister Rogers’ Defense Of PBS Goes Viral

Turns out Mister Rogers is a YouTube star ... he was just forty years early. In 1969, Fred Rogers appeared before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications. His goal was to support funding for PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in response to significant proposed cuts by President Nixon. Of course now that Mister Rogers is long gone, only Big Bird is left to save PBS from the new Republican menace, Mitt Romney...
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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.

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