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Did Sesame Street Pick a Fight with Fox News?

By jeannesager |

oscar-the-grouchOscar the Grouch doesn’t like Fox News. Sort of. At least that’s what the wacky right is spouting off about just in time to grab the coattails of the Sesame Street 40th celebration.

Technically the cranky green monster doesn’t give two wits about Hannity or O’Reilly. He was reporting for GNN – the Grouchy News Network – when he got mauled by a pretty princess monster on screen.

It’s Grundgetta who announces she’s switching the channel to “Pox News” because “there’s a trashy news network,” that has bloggers on the right claiming that the “Left [is] attempting to undermine my authority.” Says Stage Right at Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood site:

“If Mom and Dad watch cable news, it’s better than 50/50 they watch “POX News.”  So what gives? PBS — a network partially funded with my tax dollars — has the right to tell my kids that their parents watch “trashy” news? ”

Er, he does realize that “trashy” = good as far as Oscar and Grudgetta are concerned? If anything – gasp – they’re giving it their endorsement. Not to mention this show was made several years ago – well before Michelle Obama announced she’d show up with a basket of produce to talk veggie shop with Elmo.

The fact that no Fox News broadcasters were brought in with silly names – despite the presence of Dan Rather-Not and Diane Spoiler (among others) is supposed to be further proof of the Sesame Street “conspiracy” to discredit the right. Interesting – until you realize that the name “Fox News” was played with, and you freaked. What would you have said to a Bill O’Smelly? Perhaps run for cover; it’s another attack?

There were even news networks that were . . . wait for it . . . not mentioned at all! Liberal ones like MSNBC (shock, awe). And Fox got a mention.

Here’s the video just for transparency:

What do you think – are the Muppets launching war on the right? Will Elmo march out tomorrow with a sickle and plow?

Image: Sesame Street

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Jeanne Sager is a freelance writer and photographer living in upstate New York with her husband and daughter, Jillian. She maintains a blog of her award-winning columns at

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0 thoughts on “Did Sesame Street Pick a Fight with Fox News?

  1. NC Mom says:

    GNN is clearly a take on CNN…and they aren’t complaining. How about Fox put on their big girl panties and realize maybe “Pox” just sounded good and maybe the writers couldn’t turn MSNBC into something “grouchy”.

  2. Knitty says:

    Is there nothing they won’t get their panties in a twist over?

  3. Mistress_Scorpio says:

    My toddler has less sensitive feelings then Faux News.

  4. bettywu says:

    Victimization sells. They are all about tickling the brain stem and the defense mechanism is a very strong instinct. They’re not stupid, they just count on a healthy portion of their audience to be.

  5. Citizen Mom says:

    Maybe Bill O’Reilly should punch on muppet on the air – that’ll show those liberal Commies what America is all about.

  6. Manjari says:

    I hate Faux News and anything they say is pretty much crap, including this.

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