QUIRK: PBS CEO Paula Kerger Addresses Big Bird Craze

By Brandon Hook 10-05-2012
SAVE THE BIRD meme by Cathleen Falsani for Sojourners.

SAVE THE BIRD meme by Cathleen Falsani for Sojourners.

OK, the @firedbigbird tweets have been hilarious.

And it's almost understandable that America has given so much attention to the Big Bird comments from Tuesday's debate. (@Firedbigbird had more than 31,000 Twitter followers as of late Friday afternoon.)

I mean, Romney's comment was definitely a "zinger." 

We get it. It's funny. But come on. 

On Thursday, Public Broadcasting System (PBS) CEO Paula Kerger talked to CNN about the issue, and she couldn't believe the iconic children's TV star has gotten this much attention either.

"With the enormous problems facing our country, the fact that we are the focus is just unbelievable to me," Kerger said, adding that The Bird's unexpected moment in the spotlight (after all these years) was a "stunning moment."

What's even more troubling is the fact that Big Bird doesn't get money from the government. All of the federal money PBS receives goes to member stations.

Kerger also reminded us that as eductaional TV, PBS is our nation's biggest classroom. It prepares kids for school.

Well, good thing we have fact checkers.
 

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