The liberally-biased mainstream media didn't let a catastrophe go to waste, using the Japanese tsunami as an opportunity to suggest, falsely, that Republicans would like to cut the budget for NOAA in such a way that would threaten the Pacific tsunami warning system.
NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told the audience of last night's "Hannity":
They're saying Republicans have voted to end tsunami warning centers in Hawaii. The reality is the budget of this agency is $5.6 billion. It's up 25 percent since Obama was elected president. The proposed cuts are $358 million, that's a drop in the bucket. It's not targeted to any specific program with that massive agency.
Bozell and Hannity also addressed the perennial liberal media meme that budget-slashing Republicans are out to "kill" Big Bird and raze Sesame Street:
SEAN HANNITY, Fox News host: Big Bird makes a fortune. He doesn't need any of our [tax] money!
BRENT BOZELL, Media Research Center founder: Sean Hannity, this story is astonishing. And [NBC's] Lisa Myers and [ABC's] Jake Tapper are much better reporters than this. They ought to be ashamed of themselves.
Lisa, Sesame Street is making so much money, not for the taxpayer, by the way, but for the people who own Sesame Street, that if you were to privatize PBS tomorrow, there would be the biggest bidding war you ever saw from the networks to try to get Sesame Street themselves. It is making hundreds of millions of dollars every year in gross merchandising sales.
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