Modest Million Puppet March Makes Case for Big Bird
Protesters urge feds to 'Keep Mitts Off Big Bird'
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2012 6:44 AM CST
Mary Beth Griffith wears a Big Bird head piece in this Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – It wasn't nearly a million by the Count's best standards, but hundreds gamely rallied in support of Big Bird and public funding for PBS in Washington, DC, yesterday with chants of "El-mo, we won't go!" reports CNN. Many a Kermit, Cookie Monster, and other puppets joined the so-called Million Puppet March to the Reflecting Pool, taking aim at Mitt Romney's threat to take Big Bird off the public dole. "We're just making it clear that public media matters and it's something that we want to see supported and we still want to see federal funding of," a co-organizer of the march tells the AFP.

Many protesters brought their kids to the event. Said one of PBS: "I grew up on it. It's a foundation for our children today." Both PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting carefully held the protest at arm's length, though the latter released a statement saying, "We appreciate the recent outpouring of support and affirmation for the value of public broadcasting." CPB takes in about $450 million from the feds each year, which amounts to about 15% of CPB's total spending, and what supporters call a mere fraction of the national budget. But critics counter that with deficits spiraling upward, the blood-letting has to start somewhere: "The Big Bird fracas illustrates how out of touch with reality our budget fights have become," says a conservative think-tank analyst.

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$28919642
Nov 5, 2012 7:48 AM CST
PUPPET POWER ACTIVATE! FORM OF A POLITICAL VICTORY! SHAPE OF A CULTURAL ICON!
Redhorn
Nov 4, 2012 4:09 PM CST
We are a nation at war, and these goofballs are totally out of touch with reality. They are all Obama supporters. Another, in a long list of reasons why i could never join that camp.
greenlantern1
Nov 4, 2012 3:34 PM CST
CLEAR CHANNELS used to sponsor "shock jock" Howard Stern. It now sponsors Rush Limbaugh. CLEAR CHANNELS went under. American taxpayers to the rescue! CLEAR CHANNELS is owned by ROMNEY's BAIN CAPITAL! Which is a waste of American taxpayer money?