Brian Montopoli and Steve Chaggaris (CBS News) report:
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, is requesting that the Obama campaign take down a new ad portraying Mitt Romney as more concerned with Big Bird than Wall Street criminals.
"Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns," the group said. "We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down."
That's pretty clear cut, isn't it? So why isn't the Obama campaign taking down the commercial?" Sesame Street cannot afford to seem partisan. PBS is supposed to be about being non-partisan. Sesame Street is supposed to belong to the public.
Lucy Madison (CBS News also) has a longer report and she notes, "In 2012, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps support PBS, NPR, American Public Media, and Public Radio International (PRI), received about $445 million - or about 0.012% percent of the nation's fiscal budget -- in federal funding. Democrats point out that cutting funding for the CPB would do little in and of itself to ease the nation's economic woes."
That may not seem like much.
Until you remember the 'financial cliff' we're supposed to head for January 1st if cuts aren't made in the budget. If sequestration -- automatic budget cuts -- kick in across the board, you damn well better believe nearly a half-billion dollars will matter. C.I. was talking about this recently and she's right. If cuts are made in Social Security and/or Medicare, you damn well better believe a half-billion to public broadcasting is going to matter.
Sequestration is supposed to cut from all programs (except veterans health care -- administration positions in the VA system are open to cuts).
If that happens, people are going to be complaining. And they should be. I'll explain that tomorrow.
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