Fox News Pisses Me Off

I don’t often pull stories from other sources for discussion here, but this one really bothers me. After all, last night, Deb, Kate, and I sat down for our traditional viewing of The Muppet Family Christmas which we still find funny and adorable. While we wish it were uncut (sequences were dropped for copyright reasons), it certainly holds ups and makes the holidays feel real in our house.

A good friend sent me the following story, taken from the Huffington Post and just pisses me off. Read it for yourself and we can talk.

It ain’t easy being green, but according to Fox Business, Kermit the Frog and his Muppet friends are reds.

Last week, on the network’s Follow the Money program, host Eric Bolling went McCarthy on the new, Disney-released film, The Muppets, insisting that its storyline featuring an evil oil baron made it the latest example of Hollywood’s so-called liberal agenda.

Bolling, who took issue with the baron’s name, Tex Richman, was joined by Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center, who was uninhibited with his criticism.

“It’s amazing how far the left will go just to manipulate your kids, to convince them, give the anti-corporate message,” he said.

“They’ve been doing it for decades. Hollywood, the left, the media, they hate the oil industry,” Gainor continued. “They hate corporate America. And so you’ll see all these movies attacking it, whether it was Cars 2, which was another kids’ movie, the George Clooney movie Syriana, There Will Be Blood, all these movies attacking the oil industry, none of them reminding people what oil means for most people: fuel to light a hospital, heat your home, fuel an ambulance to get you to the hospital if you need that. And they don’t want to tell that story.”

Indeed, there was no mention of the benefits of oil drilling in the Muppets, but there was also no discussion of any other aspect of the industry. Richman, played by Chris Cooper, was out to destroy the Muppets theater. Kermit and his friends, then, were not committed environmentalists (though one must imagine the frog is concerned with his swampy homeland) but simply puppets looking to save a place they once loved.

Still, Gainor blamed the film, and its predecessors, for Occupy Wall Street and the environmental movement.

“This is what they’re teaching our kids. You wonder why we’ve got a bunch of Occupy Wall Street people walking around all around the country, they’ve been indoctrinated, literally, for years by this kind of stuff,” Gainor said. “Whether it was Captain Planet or Nickelodeon’s Big Green Help, or The Day After Tomorrow, the Al Gore-influenced movie, all of that is what they’re teaching, is that corporations is bad, the oil industry is bad, and ultimately what they’re telling kids is what they told you in the movie The Matrix: that mankind is a virus on poor old mother Earth.”

 

7 comments

  • Dave Galanter

    Seems like much ado about nothing on all sides. I’m a capitalist and I’d still see the movie. It’s Muppets!!!

  • Peter David

    Since Fox is populated by humorless jackasses, they don’t realize that the whole purpose of Richman being an oil tycoon is because they’re basically taking one of classic tropes from Westerns and dropping it, hilariously, onto “The Muppets.”

    Typically the citizens of an old west town didn’t realize that they were sitting on top of a fortune in oil and that therefore their land was actually incredibly valuable, and the bad guy was trying to get it ultra cheap because he had info that they didn’t. The gag here was that Richman wanted to demolish the Muppet studio, in downtown Los Angeles,because it was sitting on top of an oil reserve. Because of course he’s going to build a gigantic oil rig on Hollywood Boulevard off of Highland, somewhere between the El Capitan theater and the Lucky Strike bowling alley. It’s a FREAKING JOKE. The only thing that would have been as ludicrous–actually, maybe even funnier, considering LA’s sparse public transit system–would have been if Richman wanted the property because the railroad was coming through.

    Trust the joke to go right past the talking numbnuts at Fox. And, very likely, the people who endlessly reiterate Fox talking points as if they have something to do with fact.

    PAD

  • Jen in Oz

    excuse me, The Day After Tomorrow is Al Gore influenced? I would have thought it worked the other way around if anything!

  • Darren Hudak

    Believe it or not there are oil refineries in LA, it being the land of imagination they are disguised as regular buildings. That said Fox is still humorless. This is nothing new though, the films of Chaplin and Frank Capra were once attacked as being anti capitalist propaganda. Hardly anyone remembers today that when they watch It’s a Wonderful Life that the film was once attacked as communist propaganda because the bad guy was a banker. It’s an American classic that has stood the test of time just as I’m sure the Muppets will outlive Fox News.

  • Agreed with much – probably all – of the above-written fervently. May the Fox talking heads all be visited – in the Dickensian sense – by the ghost of Jim Henson!

  • Yes, Fox is frightening but read this very well-argued and interesting piece from The Guardian:
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/dec/13/fox-news-frighten-america-conservatives

  • A bit optimistic re: Obama’s chances, perhaps? Informed, yes, but possibly optimistic. Especially if a credible third party pops up in the next few months.

    (Yes, I know enough US history to understand how difficult that would be to pull off.)

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