When CNN laughably focused on Mitt Romney cutting funding for "Big Bird" as a key debate moment, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) took CNN to task on Thursday for hyping such a frivolous detail.
"I think focusing on a light moment, which was clearly what it was, is doing a disservice to the people of America who are struggling," Diaz-Balart ripped into CNN. He also mocked anchor Carol Costello, "that's the take-away that you found from the debate? I mean frankly that's the best you can come up with from this debate?" [Video below the break. Audio here.]
Costello had foolishly highlighted Romney's "Big Bird" quip as the moment that "resonated probably the most with viewers." Diaz-Balart demolished that reasoning.
"The polls in your own network show that it was a decisive victory for Mitt Romney because he has real specific solutions for the issues that the people care about," the Congressman added, throwing CNN's own polls back at the network.
Costello lamely tried to keep the PBS argument alive by touting a Facebook page. "It's not what I think. It's been the public reaction to the comment. It's not me saying it. I think there's a Facebook page with 26,000 people on board. And the CEO and president of PBS is concerned, frankly. So should we just ignore that?"
Diaz-Balart mocked the outrage by quipping that "Big Bird is a multi, multi, multimillion dollar venture. Big Bird will be fine, trust me. The question is does Big Bird still need to be on welfare?"
A transcript of the segment, which aired on CNN Newsroom on October 4 at 10:53 a.m. EDT, is as follows: