While Fox News may be used to taking a never-ending beating from the liberal folks at CNN and MSNBC, you can bet they were not expecting a jab from venerable kids favorite, ‘Sesame Street.’
But that’s just what happened.
Sesame Street, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary tomorrow with a visit from Michelle Obama, recently reaired an episode from a couple years ago – when the 2008 presidential election was in full swing – that has Oscar the Grouch launching his own television new channel called “GNN” – Grouchy News Network.
After an atypical lighthearted broadcast, Grundgetta, a female Muppet viewer, calls to complain that the content was not offensive enough “From now on, I’m watching Pox News, she says.” “Now there’s a trashy news show.”
Was it a little too much? According to PBS’ ombudsman it was.
“I don’t know what was in the head of the producers, but my guess is that this was one of those parodies that was too good to resist. But it should have been resisted,” writes Michael Getler. “Broadcasters can tell parents whatever they think of Fox or any other network, but you shouldn’t do it through the kids.”
According to Big Hollywood’s anonymous Stage Right, “The message is clear: I can’t even sit my kids in front of Sesame Street without having to worry about the Left attempting to undermine my authority.”