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Mitt Romney Can’t Roast Big Bird With PBS Cuts

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This is from ABC News.

Mitt is correct it is time for Bird bird and Elmo to pay for PBS.

PBS is making millions from the merchandising of Elmo and Big Bird

If Big Bird can not make it let him go extinct like the Dodo.

 

Twelve hours after the first presidential debate ended, #BigBird was still trending nationwide on Twitter, PBS was still breaking into the worldwide trends, and @BigBird has attracted more than 20,000 followers.

But while the online mania revolved largely around saving Big Bird from Romney’s proposal to cut public broadcasting funding, the facts show that Big Bird has little to ruffle his feathers about.

Romney’s proposal to zero-out federal spending for public broadcasting will have little to no effect on Sesame Street’s budget because the show receives “very, very little funding” from PBS, Sesame Street’s executive vice president Sherrie Westin told CNN last week. Westin said the majority of the show’s funding comes from corporate sponsorships, product sales and donations.

“Quite frankly, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of public broadcasting. But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here,” Westin said. “Big Bird lives on.”

But while the eight million viewers who tune in to Sesame Street each week can rest assured they’ll continue getting their Daily Letter, fans of other PBS programs such as Frontline and Antiques Roadshow may not be so lucky.

About 15 percent of PBS’s budget comes from federal funds. But for many rural stations, that percentage is much higher.

“Stations in rural parts of the country, where their parts of the federal funding is 40, 50, 60 percent, those stations will go off the air,” PBS chief executive Paula Kerger told CNN this morning. “The reach of our work is so extensive and so deeply rooted in education … the fact that we are in this debate at all is just incomprehensible.”

In 2011 the federal government spent about $430 million to support the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which then divided that money between PBS, NPR and various other stations and programs.

But with enormous pressure on politicians to cut government spending, those funds are on the chopping block, even though the funds for public broadcasting amounted to a mere .00012 percent of the federal budget in 2011. Romney often mentions PBS and NPR as examples of “subsidies” he will eliminate to reduce the deficit. The House Republican budget, championed by his running mate Paul Ryan, also calls for stripping federal funding for public broadcasting.

“I’m going to stop the subsidy to PBS,” Romney said at Tuesday night’s debate.

“I’m going to stop other things. I like PBS, I love Big Bird. Actually like you, too,” Romney continued, referencing debate moderator and host of PBS News Hour Jim Lehrer. “But I’m not going to — I’m not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for.”

It was that comment that sparked an avalanche of jokes, memes, tweets, .gifs, blogs and searches on social media. At a rally in Denver on Thursday morning President Obama quipped about Romney’s Big Bird comment.

“Thank goodness someone is finally getting tough on Big Bird,” Obama said to laughter from the crowd. “We didn’t know that Big Bird was driving the federal deficit. That’s what we heard last night.”

Big Bird dominated conversation on Facebook, where it was the fourth most-mentioned term of the night behind “Romney,” “Obama” and “Debate,” according to data released by Facebook. 

On Twitter, “Big Bird” generated 17,000 tweets per minute, more than Mitt Romney’s speech accepting his nomination at the Republican National Convention or President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union address.

And on Google, the Sesame Street character was the fourth highest rising search term of the night, behind “Simpson Bowles,” a debt reduction plan mentioned by both candidates, “Dodd Frank,” the financial regulatory law that Romney vowed to repeal, and “Who is winning the debate.”

See a slideshow of some of the best Big Bird memes HERE. 

Big Bird responded to his newfound political stardom Thursday morning, tweeting, “My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday & fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?”

According to a statement from Sesame Street, Big Bird is only six years old. The popular children’s show would not respond directly to Romney’s proposal to cut its public funding.

“We do not comment on campaigns, but we’re happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird,” Sesame Street said in a statement.

 

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Mitt Humiliates The Media and Now They Will Seek Revenge

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This is from Breitbarts Big Journalism.

Mitt Romney exposed the fact the emperor has no clothes.

During the debate Mitt shattered every lie the media told about him.

Mitt also exposed Obama is an unprepared boob.

Mitt proved Obama needs a teleprompter and prepared speech’s.

The media will go over board to destroy Mitt Romney.

“Who is this guy?” tens of millions of American voters asked themselves last night. “This isn’t the Mitt Romney the media’s presented to me over the last six months.”

Free of the corrupt media’s filter; free of the spin, the lying fact-checkers, the gotchas, and the desperate effort to cover up any and all bad news that might hurt Obama — by every standard, every measure, every opinion, and every opinion poll, what we witnessed last night at the first presidential debate of 2012 was a commanding, dominating blow-out performance by Governor Mitt Romney.

Last night the GOP contender showed up to kick butt and chew bubblegum, but unfortunately for  Barack Obama, Romney was all out of bubblegum. The real loser, though, was a corrupt mainstream media that had just spent months desperately crafting a Mitt Romney that doesn’t exist — a Mitt Romney voters would not find acceptable as president.

We’ve all seen what’s happened month after month after month after month: Obama’s Media Palace Guards have assured us that Romney can do nothing right and Obama can do nothing wrong. This carefully crafted media game-plan (coordinated openly with the Obama campaign) was meant to strip Romney of the single quality voters demand in a president, and that’s competence.  If you’re not competent, you’re not an acceptable alternative, which means we’re going to vote for “the devil we know.”

But last night all of this blew up in the media’s face, and this morning the American people trust the media even less than they did the night before — and for one very simple reason: they were lied to … again. Where was the bumbling, elitist, out of touch, awkward, wife-killing, gay-hating, corporate vulture who tortures dogs and stumbles through Europe like Chevy Chase in a “Vacation” sequel?

Well, he didn’t show up last night because that’s not who Mitt Romney is. That Mitt Romney is a media creation manufactured out of lies and desperation by those who spend 24 hours a day crafting trip wires, fabricating gaffes, and standing before the elephant of Barack Obama’s failures and asking, “What elephant?”

For all of moderator Jim Lehrer‘s flaws last night, the 78-year-old semi-retired PBS newsman did the only thing we conservatives ask of the media: he mostly stayed out of the way and offered up a fairly level playing field. There were no gotcha questions and no  What about your gaaaaaffes?  To his great credit (though he did try to rescue the president more than once), Lehrer kept the debate in an arena no liberal can win in –and that’s on the issues.

Unlike his cretin colleagues, Lehrer was actually interested in the issues that matter. So he asked about taxes, job creation, education, the deficit, and an overall governing philosophy. In other words, he didn’t stack the deck to distract from what a horrible philosophy big government liberalism really is. With a rare opportunity like this, if you’re smart, prepared and all out of bubblegum, a conservative can win any debate. Obviously, Mitt Romney not only won last night, he delivered the kind of satisfying drubbing to Barack Obama we conservatives have been waiting four years to savor.

Yes, someone finally was given and took full advantage of the opportunity to point to that little emperor and say to the world, “Look, he’s naked!”

And now the lying, biased, corrupt, degenerate mainstream media has a problem on its hands. Because now the whole world knows that they were not only pointing to clothes that didn’t exist but also attempting to destroy anyone who dared cry “Naked!”

In ninety short but delicious and unforgettable minutes, Mitt Romney not only exposed President FailureTeleprompter as the churlish, entitled failure he truly is — he also destroyed the caricature our thoroughly corrupted media institutions had built around him.

Romney’s commanding victory was Reaganesque, and so is the result. In 1980, the media did everything in its power to  scare voters away from Ronald Reagan by portraying him as a scary warmonger. But during his first and only debate with then-President Jimmy Carter, Reagan proved the media a liar.

This is exactly what Romney did last night, but unfortunately, he has two more debates ahead of him. This means that the media has two more kicks at the cat to rescue Obama, and Romney had better be prepared, because the push is already on to ensure he is asked, What about your gaaaafffes?

Even though Obama enjoyed four more minutes to speak than Romney, immediately after last night’s debate, the left marched in unison to blame the moderator for not controlling things enough. And this makes perfect sense. Leftists know they can’t win on a level playing field. But if the referee takes control,  victory can be had!

This means that for the two upcoming debates, Romney had better be prepared for questions about his dog, Bain, gaffes, wealth, taxes, high school bullying, perfect hair, the mole that wasn’t there before, and his disastrously racist victory over Obama in the last debate.

 

 

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