In a week where CNN‘s credibility has come under tremendous scrutiny, the cable news network has decided to get back on its high horse and redeem its journalistic integrity.
The so called “Fake News” network has decided to use a popular puppet from the children’s show Sesame Street as a propaganda tool against the immigration policies of the Trump administration.
On Monday, Sesame Street character and apparent CNN national security adviser Elmo weighed in on the President’s travel ban that is moving forward (in large part) thanks to a 9-0 vote from the Supreme Court.
During a panel discussion which included CNN reporter Clarissa Ward, Sherrie Westin from Sesame Workshop, and David Miliband from the International Rescue Committee, Elmo expressed his deepest concerns for the children of Syria.
“Did you find that the Syrian little girls and little boys were a lot like your friends here in America?” Ward asked Elmo.
“Yeah, they really were,” Elmo replied. “It was very interesting because they like to play and learn just like Elmo and all of his friends at Sesame Street.”
Elmo was taken to a refugee camp in Jordan “as part of a pilot program with Sesame Workshop and the International Rescue Committee”, which aim to provide education to refugee children living across the Middle East, according to CNN.
“Elmo thinks it’s important to know that everybody is the same deep down and that’s very important,” the puppet noted.
“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 continued. “And that made Elmo really sad and sometimes a bit scared.”
“Sesame has had a long history at looking at issues from a child’s perspective and given the staggering number of children who are displaced today, we knew this was an area where we really had to try to do something to help and we knew we couldn’t do it alone,” Westin told the panel.
It sure seems to me like the use of a celebrity puppet and children pushing an agenda of “doing something to help” is dangerously close to outright advocacy journalism at a time when the travel ban, Syria and homeland security is such a hot-button topic.
Watch above, via CNN.
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