Do you honestly think that if the portion of government funding that goes into Sesame Street were not there the program could not continue on its own?
We know Sesame Street would likely go on even without the current funding, but that’s not the point and we didn’t start this as a means to Save Sesame Street. Much like there are vulture capitalists that are salivating over getting their paws on Twinkies, there would readily be many who would love to buy the brand. IN this age of big media consolidation, one of the other big media companies would also be a ready buyer. But they’d probably find other sources of private financing to fill the gap.
The reason why we marched and continued to march is to protect the entire public broadcasting ecosystem of which Sesame is only a portion. This includes continued funding for CPB but also all the other stations and programs it supports. We’ve written about many of these reasons in our about us section and we encourage you to read it. Thanks.
Michael, why is the station you list as your local station, KCET not one that shows Sesame Street? It seems if you are leading this group you should know that PBSSoCal has Sesame Street but KCET doesn't show the very thing you seem to be supporting!
Would prefer that you email us if you’d like to have a conversation about this — also so we know who we are talking to. In any case, MPM was created to show support for the entire public media ecosystem, which is more than just PBS itself and definitely more than the specific stations carrying PBS programming. While I wish KCET continued to carry PBS programming, they don’t. KCET is, however, the nation’s largest independent public television station so it is still part of the umbrella that we support. And, yes, we/I/you want to show support for PBSSoCal too.
This is such a wonderful, amazing thing you're organizing. I really hate that I can't be there on November 3rd, but I'll be there in spirit! :) Let me know if there is anything I can do to help the cause.
Let us know if you organize a meet up in your hometown and we’ll promote it! There are folks organizing events in Boston, NYC and San Francisco that we know of already.
Lets print T shirts! You can sell them to those of us that can not make it there to march but we can wear them that day to show support ! I teach puppetry at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. We we all buy the sirts