Unintended (dangerous) message - PBS

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    I saw the commercial on PBS (watching Hometime which is a pretty good show) today so it is current. Apparently it was made after the hoopla about Romney's crack about Big Bird during the campaign. The punch line is "where would PBS be without Big Bird". The problem is that it starts out with a man dressed as a cartoon character (Big Bird) knocking on a door and a little girl answers the door. The character offers his hand and the little girl walks away with him to adventure land. What does it teach little kids? Cartoon characters are your friends and you can trust them without asking your parents. Killer Clown John Gacy would be proud.
     
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    Scarey shit .
     
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    Kind of like Halloween.

    You spend all year telling your kids not to take candy from strangers, then, on October 31st every year, people send their kids out into the night to do just that, take candy from strangers...
     
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    That's a good point, I'm sure the producer hadn't considered that element of the video. Send them an e-mail.

    BTW, my wife got me hooked watching Downton Abbey, I recommend it.
     
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    PBS doesn't run commercials. That would be illegal.
     
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    I'm still amazed that Mitten wanted to kill Big Bird.
     
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    Big Bird can take care of himself.

    Big Bird's a one-percenter: Inside Sesame Street's tax return - National Republican | Examiner.com

    The 2011 IRS 990 form for Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children's Television Workshop), the producers of Sesame Street, revealed that they received $7,968,918 in government grants last year. That sounds like a hefty amount, but the 990 also revealed that Sesame Workshop received $44,984,003 in royalties last year, which includes sales of Sesame Street brand merchandise like "Tickle Me Elmo" dolls. That means Big Bird made five times in merchandise sales than what he received in government grants.

    An even closer look at Sesame Workshop's finances shows the government funding Romney wants to cut is only a small part of their budget and may not be necessary at all. In 2011, Sesame Workshop received $31,555,192 in grants and donations last year apart from the U.S. government. They also raised over $2 million in additional funds from various fundraising events. In all, Sesame Workshop raised almost $34 million in private funds for Sesame Street, aside from government grants.

    In addition, Sesame Workshop brought in almost $30 million in revenue from content distribution and media production. In total, Sesame Workshop brought in over $122 million in revenue, not including government grants. On their website, Sesame Workshop claims corporate, foundation, and government support make up 35% of their budget. Realistically, however, government funding only accounts for just over 6% of their budget.

    Sesame Workshop has faced drops in revenue in recent years and seems to have weathered it. Recent tax returns reveal a drop of 3% to 5% in budgets in recent years, so a loss of government funding would certainly not mean the end of Big Bird. In 2009, they laid off 20% of their workforce in a cost-cutting move, and still survived. However, salaries still make up a large part of their budget. In 2011, they paid out over $54 million in salaries, a high percentage of their budget for a non-profit.​
     
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    But I guess you're not amazed taxpayers' money goes to an entity perfectly capable of funding its own operation.
     
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    Where would the best place to work be if you were a pedophile? Disney world, the magic kingdom, PBS? The dirty little secret is that according to Fla arrest records Disney World is loaded with pedophiles. The character that plays a Muppet was accused of being a pedophile. Can it be that the person or group of persons who cobbled the commercial together intentionally sent a message to little kids that it's OK to walk away with characters dressed in outlandish costumes and the concept got by the producers who were consumed with political fever? Stranger things have happened.
     
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    they call em sponsors but they sure as hell run commercials.
     

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