Twitter give Romney Big Bird
The mainstream media may have liked Romney's performance, but over on social media, the reaction was quite different with #PBS a trending topic on Twitter and posts referring to Sesame Street's yellow presence flowing from a fire hose.
For those of you who slept through the debate (like me) Romney singled out PBS funding and the lovable mascot as the type of non-essential federal funding he would eliminate to help balance the federal budget. Referring to debate moderator Jim Lehrer, a long-time PBS employee, Romney declared:
"I'm sorry Jim. I'm gonna stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm gonna stop other things," Romney said. "I like PBS, I like Big Bird, I actually like you too."For a man who has been decidedly short of specifics on how to make a real dent in federal spending apart from PBS' $445 million federal appropriation, the remark did not sit well. Ask Neil deGrasse Tyson, host of NOVA ScienceNow:
Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help balance the Federal budget is like deleting text files to make room on your 500Gig hard driveThere's also the potential fall-out for the campaign that said it won't let fact-checkers get in their way. It's clear they lived up to their promise Wednesday night. While both men may have a few the want back, the clear winner of the Fib Factory debate was Myth Romney:
Conservatives have dismissed the Big Bird uproar as so much liberal bushwa and it's true a large segment of the public -- particularly potential Romney voters -- may not even read or know Twitter. But the potential fallout is great when comedians pick up the meme.
While Jon Stewart concedes Obama lost the debate, he is probably not through mining the comedic gold of the Yellow One. And there was no doubt a lot of paper ripping in the Saturday Night Live writers' room as scripts got rewritten.
My money is on Big Bird by TKO.