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Mitt Romney still loves Big Bird despite proposed cuts: Queen's University professor

2012-10-09

Queen’s University child education advocate and professor Lynda Colgan is available to comment on Mitt Romney vowing to cut federal funding for the Public Broadcasting Station – despite claiming he loves Big Bird.

The comment triggered a rebuke from public broadcasting advocates and the topic exploded on several social media networks.

“This isn’t about Big Bird, it’s about big brains,” says Dr. Colgan, who stars and writes on The Prime Radicals – an education television show for kids broadcast on TVO. “There is so much evidence that PBS has as much impact as preschool programs and after school programs. The shows are accessible freely to children living in all areas. PBS teaches them reading readiness, math readiness and empathy among other things.”

Please note Dr. Colgan is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca or Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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