Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Fox "News" attacks Sesame Street for teaching children about poverty

Just because Fox replaced Glenn Beck in their lineup with "The Five" didn't mean they lost the crazy. I ended up watching this show a few weeks ago waiting for the presidential debate and literally felt dumber by about 20 IQ points after.  Its content largely draws from the intersection of the insipid and the stupid.

Case in point: last week they took to task the venerable childrens' education program Sesame Street.  Their problem? That Sesame Street introduced a little girl named Lily, whose parents are having tough times and who deals with issues like food insecurity.

Via Crooks and Liars:

They are not alone in their condemnation of this poor, hungry Muppet.  Which is really ridiculous considering the statistics.

If you are below the poverty line in America, you are most likely to be a child.

Over one in five children (21%) lives in poverty in America today. That's nearly 15 MILLION CHILDREN.

And we should remember that "poverty" means less than $22,500 for a family of four-- as much as double that is considered "low income", and 42% of all children fit in that category.

Nearly one in seven households (14.7%) in America faced "food insecurity", which means that at some point they didn't know where their next meal was coming from or had to skip meals.

So, this is a problem faced by a lot of children. And if it's not your kids who is facing it, chances are at least one or two of their classmates are. So, using the teaching power of Sesame Street to help kids understand makes a lot of sense.

But I guess the geniuses at Fox don't think so.  OR, this could just be another tempest in a teapot-- remember when Obama was going to indoctrinate our children through his speech to public schoolchildren?  And how that completely did not happen? And then how he gave almost the exact same speech just last week and there was barely a peep because it just wasn't that big of a deal?

On a completely different note, we've been enjoying the work of the Occupy Wall St movement and very pleased with what they've been doing so far. Even more, we're enjoying the new internet memes that have cropped up, specifically Occupy Sesame Street.

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