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Romney, Big Bird and Obama: Presidential debates and public media

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(Read caption) Romney and Big Bird won't be friends if the Republican presidential candidate wins the election. 'Sesame Street' and other public television shows and media will be on the endangered list, Romney says. Big Bird in Sesame Street, filmed in Los Angeles, CA., Aug. 30, 2009.

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Forget Romney vs. Obama. The real choice surrounding last night’s debate was: Big Bird or Oscar?

Yes, as you may have heard already, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney’s comment in last night’s debate that he would cut funding to PBS (but don’t worry, some of his best friends are extra large, yellow, feathered creatures) set off a firestorm on planet Twitter and elsewhere in the Internet solar system.

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No sooner than you can say C is for Cookie, the nationwide, virtual response was rolling.

Twitter announced that soon after Romney’s comments, users were posting 17,000 tweets per minute mentioning Big Bird. Up came the spoof accounts, like @firedbigbird. The hashtag #SaveBigBird trended worldwide. Photoshoppers put together portraits of Romney and Big Bird, and of Big Bird looking for work.  (Although some Twitter users suggested that since he’s free, Big Bird might think about replacing Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine next year...)

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