When people hear the name "Sesame Street," they think of wholesome educational content — the kind of thing you want your kids watching. One of the most popular characters on the show is Elmo, the small red muppet that talks like a small child himself. Kids, for some reason, love Elmo.
Which may be why CNN decided to bring Elmo on for a discussion about Syrian refugees.
First, let's take a long look at the fact that a freaking Muppet is being held up as a "spokesperson" on a foreign policy issue — and CNN is treating it seriously. If there was no other indicator of how far the network has fallen from its groundbreaking coverage during the Gulf War, this is it.