President Trump wants to defund public broadcasting in the name of economy, but it’s really typical Trump score-settling. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting received 0.01 percent of the federal budget last year, and most of that went to support PBS and NPR stations in the rural areas that voted for Trump. Kids in the hinterlands can’t watch PBS on HBO since cable companies won’t wire up farm country.
The real reason Donald Trump want’s to fricassee Big Bird is simple. Sesame Street is set in a New York neighborhood that’s the target of real estate developer Donald Grump. A campy Trump muppet seems somewhat redundant, but he must have been popular since he appeared on several episodes from 1985 to 2005. Probably not so popular with the current president, though. Cutting PBS funding might be Trumpian revenge, but it’s going to hurt the president’s supporters the most.
“Trump wants to defund PBS. ‘Sesame Street’ brutally parodied him for decades.” Avi Selk, Washington Post
“Trump Wants to Cut Public Broadcasting — Where Mike Pence’s Daughter Got Her Start as a Filmmaker,” David Dayen, The Intercept
“Cookie Monster on the Dole,” Henry Alford, The New Yorker
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