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Not fake news: CNN interviews Elmo about immigration

CNN is now relying on experts like Elmo to give audiences the lay of the land on immigration and foreign policy. (AP Photo)

CNN interviewed Sesame Street character Elmo on Monday about his “wonderful” experience visiting a refugee camp in Jordan, and talked about how the kids were “just like us.”

“They like to play and learn just like Elmo and all his friends at Sesame Street,” Elmo said via Facebook Live. “Elmo thinks it’s important to know that everybody is the same deep down and that’s very important.”

Elmo, who is apparently a well-respected expert on the international refugee crisis, also discussed how the children he met were different.

“It was really sad because Elmo’s new friends told Elmo that they had to leave their homes because it wasn’t safe for them to stay,” he said. “And that made Elmo really sad and sometimes a bit scared.”

The iconic red Muppet was part of a panel with International Rescue Committee CEO David Miliband and Sherrie Westin of Sesame Workshop, who were discussing their pilot program to educate children in the camp.

“Sesame has had a long history at looking at issues from a child’s perspective and given the staggering number of children who are displaced today, we knew this was an area where we really had to try to do something to help and we knew we couldn’t do it alone,” Westin said.

Elmo compared the camps to when Big Bird’s nest was destroyed. “That was really sad at first. But then the whole community came and rebuilt Big Bird’s nest and it was all better.” Of course, Big Bird didn’t have to fend off the Russian military while trying to rebuild.

CNN reporter Clarissa Ward, who has covered the Syrian civil war extensively and reported from the ground many times, asked Elmo about the importance of the project.

“Elmo just thinks it’s really important to be kind to people and to treat people the way you would like to be treated,” he said. “Because it’s important to bring joy to everybody.”

Miliband wasted no time in addressing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold parts of Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban and criticizing President Donald Trump’s stance on refugees.

“It’s worth saying, perhaps especially today, that this country, the US, receives very few refugees and there’s a lot of fear and loathing being put out,” Miliband said. “Countries like Jordan, a million refugees. Uganda, where I’ve just been, a million refugees.”
“People there see the refugees as their brothers and sisters, not as terrorists who are coming to get them, and there’s a real lesson in humanity and compassion from countries that are much poorer than us that are doing so much more.”

This “breaking” CNN news story follows a string of retracted stories that question the credibility of the network. On Monday, three CNN reporters resigned after they published fake news concerning Donald Trump. The very next day, investigative reporter James O’Keefe released a video of a senior CNN producer admitting their obsession with Trump and Russia was “mostly bullshit”, and that it is just being pushed for ratings.

Watch the whole Facebook Live interview with Elmo and the rest of the panel below: