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PBS Doesn't Need Government Money

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RUSH: This is Dennis, Covington, Louisiana.  Great to have you on the program, sir.  Hi.

CALLER:  Hey, Rush.  I guess the new narrative is that conservatives want to kill Big Bird.  Well, we have witnessed decades of toy, merchandising, movie theater revenues that have to amount to the hundreds of millions, which would put Big Bird up there with Bill Gates.  So to subsidize Big Bird, isn't that the epitome of tax cuts for the rich?

RUSH:  Try this.  Sesame Street received a million-dollar grant from the stimulus bill, and they reported that it created 1.47 jobs. This is from the Washington Examiner.  They were inspired to look into this after Big Bird hopped on board the Obama campaign.  They found out that Sesame Street got $1,067,532 via Obama's Porkulus bill.  Now, remember what that was.  That was for shovel-ready jobs.  The stimulus bill was to put you back to work.  Yes, my friends.  It was to find jobs in the middle of a recession.  We find out now that it went to unions, teachers, and now Sesame Street, the Children's Television Workshop, which if you knew who runs that, the wife of a billionaire. 

What business are they getting $1 million of stimulus money?  But they did.  "Sesame Workshop, the independent nonprofit corporation that produces the popular childrens’ program Sesame Street, received a $1,067,532 stimulus bill grant in August 2010, via the Department of Health and Human Services."  Okay, folks, we got much more straight ahead.  There's another, almost as shocking as that, when we get back.

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RUSH:  So, in addition to Big Bird and Sesame Street -- I'm not kidding.  The people that own and produce that whole network, the Children's Television Workshop, they're billionaires.  There's no reason they should be getting government money.  There's no reason PBS should be getting government money anyway.  Romney's right about that.  But it's an easy target, I admit, 'cause little children, they love Big Bird.  But they've pulled it.  Big Bird said, "I don't want to be a part of Obama's campaign," just like Andrea Mitchell said, and it didn't work as well.  You know, the idea that Romney wanted to kill Big Bird didn't get as much traction as it would normally get. 

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