The PJ Tatler

Romney Rumor: Cutting PBS Subsidy Will Kill Big Bird

Here’s what Sherrie Weston said:

“We are able to raise our funding through philanthropic, through our licensed product, which goes back into the educational programming, through corporate underwriting and sponsorship,” Sherrie Westin, executive VP and chief marketing officer of the Workshop, told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien Thursday. “So quite frankly, you can debate whether or not there should be funding of public broadcasting. But when they always try to tout out Big Bird, and say we’re going to kill Big Bird – that is actually misleading, because Sesame Street will be here.” [Emphasis mine.]

Look, this is a real policy disagreement and normally wouldn’t count as a “rumor”, except first it’s such a great example of the Washington Monument Gambit, and second, frankly, because it’s getting passed around so much.