We loved this article by a Brookings fellow that went well beyond debate politics and actually explained why the federal government should defend and financially support Big Bird:
First and foremost, one of the main priorities of government should be support for the arts and creative education, which is at the heart of PBS’s mission. Public broadcasting is a public good, with a central principle being the provision of coverage for interests for which there is a small or missing market. This is why the Children’s Television Workshop, which produces Sesame Street and cuts Big Bird’s paycheck, actually receives very little PBS support. In contrast, PBS is a major supporter of the only television station that reaches much of rural Alaska.