You would think that CNN, of all news outlets, would be doing everything possible to restore their shattered credibility after the week they’ve had. Following an explosive fake news scandal in which the network had to delete and retract a Trump/Russia story from their website (firing three journalists in the process) and a pair of damning undercover videos showing their producers and personalities admitting that there is really nothing to the collusion narrative (despite the network’s devotion of endless time to the story), CNN badly needs to save itself from the death spiral of its own creation.
So what do they do? They have Sesame Street’s Elmo come on their network to be a mouthpiece for Syrian refugees.
A comeback in the making, folks.
You know, there was a lot of pushback on the left when President Trump proposed a White House budget defunding public television, and we dismissed it at the time. But, hey, maybe they had a point. We simply didn’t know at the time that PBS (and now HBO, of course) was one of our most important immigration think tanks. Who needs the Beltway when you have Sesame Street? Who needs the Heritage Foundation when you have Muppets? As a matter of fact, why think deeply about any of this? Let’s just go with what “feels” right, and no one knows about what feels right more than the ticklish pre-schooler known as Elmo.
Well, we assume that’s what CNN was thinking when they spoke to the Muppet last week as part of a panel discussion. Elmo, we learned, was freshly back from visiting refugee camps in Syria, and he had a lot to share.
“Did you find that the Syrian little girls and little boys were a lot like your friends here in America?” asked CNN reporter Clarissa Ward, no doubt wondering where her career trajectory ran off the rails.
“Yeah, they really were,” said Elmo. “It was very interesting because they like to play and learn just like Elmo and all of his friends at Sesame Street. Elmo thinks it’s important to know that everybody is the same deep down and that’s very important.”
Asked about the plight of Syrian refugees, Elmo grew morose.
“It was really sad because Elmo’s new friends told Elmo that they had to leave their homes because it wasn’t safe for them to stay,” he said. “And that made Elmo really sad and sometimes a bit scared.”
Unfortunately, Elmo’s propaganda was undermined by a new James O’Keefe video, where the Muppet – speaking candidly backstage – said Trump should just go ahead and ban travel from all Middle Eastern countries until each and every Islamic terrorist had their heads stuck on a pike in the desert.
“Elmo thinks we should just kill ‘em all,” he said, puffing on a cigarette.
Well, we can dream.