Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Sesame Street has been a proud partner of PBS for forty-three 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.
— Statement published by Sesame Workshop, reacting to Mitt Romney’s pledge to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps fund PBS.