Variety: "GOP targets HIV-positive Muppet"
Talking points for the HIV muppet being blasted by REPUBLICAN members of Congress (this is news?):
The federal government only funds 18% of PBS [source]
4 of the 5 Congressmen come from states won by George W. Bush in the 2000 Election (3 if you don't count Florida) [source]
Jerry Falwell likes the idea [source (last paragraph)]:
"Ironically, one of the few morality mavens coming out in support of the HIV-positive Muppet was none other than the Reverend Jerry Falwell. Falwell, who notoriously tried to out Teletubby Tinky Winky, says he believes the new Muppet will have a positive effect, as long as there is no discussion of its sexuality"
Not one of the members of Congress is from California. And let's not forget, this is an election year for Congressmen.