Via NRO’s Jim Geraghty:
So the latest Obama ad – not running in any swing states, just on cable, presumably an attempt to get free exposure – is all about Big Bird.
First, it turns out that Sesame Workshop (formerly the Children’s Television Workshop), which produces “Sesame Street,” does not actually get direct federal funding, and “very, very little funding from PBS.” So every article, blog post, Facebook graphic, etc. you see about “killing Big Bird’ is flat-out false. If Congress and the president zeroed out PBS funding tomorrow, Sesame Street would go on and on. […]
Of course, we’re talking about the U.S. version of Sesame Street. The Pakistani version of Sesame Street received $7 million from the U.S. State Department, before “credible allegations of fraud and abuse” surfaced and Foggy Bottom canceled the remaining $13 million on the contract.