Santorum warns of 'Barney' and 'Sesame Street' lobby
February 16th, 2011
11:56 AM ET
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Santorum warns of 'Barney' and 'Sesame Street' lobby

Washington (CNN) - All-but-declared presidential candidate Rick Santorum has a warning for Republicans in Congress who want to slash funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Watch out for the "Barney" and "Sesame Street" lobbies.

The former congressman and senator said on Fox News Monday he tried to cut federal funding for the CPB when he was in office but faced a powerful backlash from supporters of the legendary kids shows.

"When I came to Congress, I was one of the guys that said we got to cut the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. It wasn't necessary anymore," he said. "Well the 'Barney' contingent came out and the 'Sesame Street' contingent came out and these are programs that are popular among families and so they hit you pretty hard."

The comments come a week after House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, proposed a budget blueprint that eliminates all funding to the CPB, which helps subsidize NPR and PBS affiliates. Last year, CPB received more than $400 million from the federal government.

In response to threatened cuts, a handful of Democrats have organized a press conference Wednesday featuring Sesame Street characters to highlight the importance of the CPB funding.


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  1. LovesIrony

    18% Ricky boy, Remember that number. Even Sharron Angle came didn't lose by that much. Go slither back under your rock you knuckle dragging neanderthal

    February 16, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. El Kababa

    It's not the money. Conservatives do not like PBS news. It is independent, factual, and neutral. To the Conservative mind, you are either a Conservative or an enemy. There are no other categories. Conservatives are anti-knowledge.

    February 16, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Tvan

    This is not about Seasame Street, but rather the perception that NPR and the PBS stations broadcast one sided agendas. Let's face it, NPR tends to have center-left of center tilt to it's reporting, as does PBS. Regardless of how you vote or feel, as long as this country is a democracy, NO government backed broadcast entity should be anything but dead center. As such, the GOP is looking to somewhat level the playing field. Don't give me "They have Fox News" because I can come back with "well, the left has ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, PBS, AOL News (now by Huffington Post), Yahoo News and just about every talking head from Hollywood and New York."

    With all of this said, it's funny how no one, either from the left nor the right, mention how much money Seasame Street brings in. Unlike Britian, where the vast majority of their radio and TV broadcasters are funded by the taxpayers, we are the other way around with private enterprise. As such, federal funding should remain, but at a reduced capacity. If the likes of NPR and CPB cannot make up the difference with private fundraising, maybe it's time for the two to merge.

    And for the record, yes, military spending should be reduced, but not out of the soldiers' pay. God knows those men and women are paid peanuts.

    February 16, 2011 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. angryoldguy

    Let me speak to those few LOSERS who have written about how left wing PBS is and how Government has no business supporting them! YOU ARE IDIOTS!!! Dolts who do not respect any kind of education, you even fear it. You are AFRAID of someone knowing more than you, being more aware, seeking & speaking the truth no matter who might be offended. You are all excellent examples of American anti-intelltectualism which dominates the Republican rank and file. Your time is almost over. How does it feel to go extinct? By sheer numbers alone, the rest of the world is passing America by at near light speed, while you want to sit on your children's hands! How do you expect to compete in a global economy? Oh, that's right(wing), you don't! Good luck with that, Dinosauers!

    February 16, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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