A Florida man is claiming that Sesame Street, the popular children’s educational program on PBS, has a clear bias against Republicans.
The man, who calls himself “Adam from Sunrise, Fl”, told WIOD News Radio that his daughter was watching a Sesame Street DVD when he heard the cast make a comment about Republicans.
“To my AMAZEMENT, what I’d thought I’d heard was absolutely correct,” he said. “I’d never noticed any political bias before in children’s programming.”
He was referring to a scene where the Sesame Street cast is having a sing-along on a roof when a telephone pole falls down. One character says to another character, “You call yourself a repairman?”
“No,” the other character says back. “A Republican. I call myself a Republican.”
Adam considered this to be a possible slight against Republicans.
In 2011, House Republicans advocated cutting funding to public broadcasting services like PBS and NPR in an attempt to trim the budget. Recently, Mitt Romney told supporters in Ohio that he would cut funding for publicly funded programs.
“I like PBS. I like Big Bird and Bert and Ernie for my grandkids to watch but I don’t think we should be borrowing money so that our kids don’t have to watch Kellogg’s Advertisement,” he said.
While Sesame Street has denied being biased in the past, it will not prevent some viewers like Adam from being wary about what their children watch.
“I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this in the future,” Adam said.