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Thursday, October 04 2012 18:16

Sesame Workshop issues (and updates) statement regarding Politics and PBS...

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In the wake of last night's Presidential Debate and the subsequent wave of attention cast upon BIG BIRD, SESAME STREET, and the value of PBS, the folks at Sesame Workshop have issued a statement. Originally posted this afternoon as "Sesame Workshop's Statement Regarding Political Campaigns," the statement was added-to and retitled, "Sesame Workshop's Statement on Our Partnership With PBS." Read it below... 

"Sesame Street has been a proud partner of PBS for 43 years, and is dependent on PBS to distribute our commercial-free educational programming to all children in the United States. At a time when improvements in school readiness are recognized as being much needed for a significant number of America’s preschoolers, PBS’s ability to connect Big Bird and Friends to these children is essential.  We highly value that connection.  Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, educational organization. We do not comment on political campaigns, but we’re happy we can all agree that everyone likes Big Bird."Sesame Workshop


For the few that haven't seen or heard about it yet, Mitt Romney addressed debate moderator Jim Lehrer (of PBS Newshour) with "I'm sorry Jim, I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS.” He continued, “I like PBS, I love Big Bird, I actually like you too, but I'm going to stop borrowing money from China to pay for things we don't need.”

Additionally, PBS has issued it's own response to last night's remarks, in addition to inviting viewers to visit http://valuepbs.org/ to learn why PBS is "Trusted. Valued. Essential." 

With PBS programming viewed often here at Rock Father HQ, I certainly value it for my children, just as my parents valued it for me growing up. I'm all for a stop on "borrowing money from China," but how about we stop spending on crap we really don't need - like trying to police the world? A focus on things here at home should be #1, and providing quality programming with educational value for our future generations should be a part of that. 

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