NSC denies it’s trying to stop Sesame Street
Posted On August 8, 2021
A senior NSC official told reporters that the agency has no intention of shutting down Sesame Workshop, the charity’s children’s television show.
The agency has a duty to provide educational materials, not interfere with it, said Michael Dobbins, the acting NSC chief of staff.
“We’re not trying to shut it down.
We’re not even trying to block it.
We’ve just given up on trying to close it down,” he said.
The NSC has long been a thorn in the side of the nonprofit, which it has deemed “a threat to the national security of the United States”.
Dobbin said the agency would continue to make educational materials available on the site.
“As we said in March, we have not shut down S.W.S. It’s just a matter of providing them with the resources that they need,” he added.
The Sesame Institute, which is supported by the Clinton Foundation, has faced accusations that it is politically motivated.
The watchdog group Media Matters for America accused the Clinton charity of paying Sesame staff to promote its programs.
Sesame House has been one of the top-rated programs in the US, and is credited with educating millions of children in the developing world.
It has a total of 2.4 billion monthly viewers, according to Nielsen.
The show has been aired in 60 countries.
In a statement, Sesame Foundation President and CEO John F. Simon said: “Sesame Workshop is a global leader in the development of children’s content and a great partner to our international partners, and it is extremely gratifying to see that the Clinton Global Initiative is bringing our program to audiences around the world.”
NSC spokeswoman Kate Dickson said the government does not have any plans to take any action against Sesame, which continues to operate in more than 70 countries.
“It is important to note that the NSC continues to support S. W.S., which serves more than 90 million children in more, and will continue to do so in the future,” she said.
Ws. programming, and Sesame’s work in more countries, is supported through funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, according, to Dobbens statement.