When Mitt Romney said that ‘Big Bird’ didn’t need public funding, the left exploded in outrage. (Technically, the left is in a continuous explosion of outrage, the only thing that shifts is the immediate target.) Apparently, without billions of dollars in taxpayers subsidies, there would be no educational children’s programming. And without Federally-funded children’s programming, underprivileged children might grow up to be illiterate, unemployable, prone to violence, and dependent on welfare. An outcome that has been entirely prevented by massive public investment in public education and children’s programming.
Turns out, Mitt was right about Sesame Street. Just like he was right about Russia.
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind the Emmy Award-winning program, Sesame Street, and HBO, the nation’s leading premium cable network, today announced a new partnership that will make the next five seasons of the iconic series available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet only SVOD service HBO NOW. As a key part of the deal, Sesame will be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons, and for the first time ever, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window.
I would be willing to bet Planned Parenthood could get by without half-a-billion in Federal subsidies either.