Gloom, Doom and Propaganda on Sesame Street

Cal Thomas | Syndicated Columnist | Monday, October 10, 2011

Gloom, Doom and Propaganda on Sesame Street

Sesame Street, that innocent children's program either you, your children or grandchildren grew up loving, has a new character just in time for the 2012 elections.

She is called Lily. Her family is struggling to feed itself. Lily debuted yesterday in a one-hour special starring country singer Brad Paisley and sponsored by Walmart. The episode was called "Growing Hope Against Hunger." It's designed to raise awareness about what they call "food insecurity." You know, like Social Security, which is a government program.

You know what I'd prefer? I'd prefer a character who used to be poor but through hard work is now self-sustaining. I'd prefer a character who goes to a church for help and receives it, along with the Gospel message. You know, like the numerous Gospel missions and the Salvation Army.

But don't look for that character. Oh, no. Liberal public television wants you to think the cause of food insecurity is that we don't have enough government programs.

I guess the show has gone from "sunny days, chasing the clouds away" to "gloom and doom." Can we blame Obama?

I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.

Publication date: October 10, 2011