I've been duped by plush puppets. Man, is my face red! (Embarrassed red, not fellow-traveler red, I swear.)
The book, published by Rupert Murdoch's HarperCollins is perhaps at its most condemnatory when accusing the creators of Sesame Street of attempting to brainwash young children. It quotes Mike Dann, one of the show's founding executives, saying it "was not made for the sophisticated or the middle class".
Early episodes featured the character Grover breaking bread with a hippie. Oscar, who lived in a rubbish bin, was supposed to address "conflicts arising from racial and ethnic diversity."
"Sesame Street tried to tackle divorce, tackled 'peaceful conflict resolution' in the aftermath of 9/11 and had [gay actor] Neil Patrick Harris on the show playing the subtly-named 'fairy shoeperson'," notes Shapiro.
What are we to do with this rogue's gallery of Destroyers of the American Way?
Never puts his hand over his heart when 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is played.
Why, just look at how green this one is! Any doubt that he's a filthy tree-hugger?
'H' is for 'health care.' I guess he also has a 'D' for 'death' and a 'P' for 'panels' handy, too.
Hey, Oscar, get out of the trash can and get a job!
Is this guy's cape ... pink? Hmmmm.