Delusional Fox News: Muppets Movie ‘Brainwashing’ Children to Believe Oil Tycoons Are Bad

A new segment on the Fox News Business channel claims the Muppets—yes, the felt-covered puppets starring in a new movie this month—are indoctrinating America’s children to believe oil tycoons are evil.

Follow the Money’s Eric Bolling guides the seven-minute discussion from Dec. 2 through three interviews and a number of outlandish comparisons, including likening America to “Communist China,” and asking if “liberal Hollywood is using class warfare to brainwash our kids?”

Bolling then asks Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center to weigh in.

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

Watch the video here via Media Matters:

He continues:

They’ve been doing it for decades. Hollywood, the left, the media, they hate the oil industry. They hate corporate America. And so you'll see 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.

And then things get weird when Bolling brings on fellow Fox pundit Andrea Tantaros, who calls it “brainwashing in the most obvious form” and suggests that children should be shielding from knowing about hungry children—or from hungry children simply existing.

"We’ve got Medicaid, there’s a record number of people out there on food stamps ... there’s all these kinds of programs out there to take care of hungry kids,” Tantaros said. “Why would that Muppet be starving?”

And then Bolling went after the Muppets again, in another segment more than five minutes long, calling it an “insidious form of brainwashing and propaganda” and demanding that the simple plot of the Muppets movie demonizes capitalism and money-making Americans. Watch it here, also via Media Matters:

As ThinkProgress notes, the Murdoch gang missed the whole back-story on the evil tycoon’s character:

If any of these talking heads had actually seen The Muppets, they would know that Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper) isn’t out to destroy the Muppets because he wants oil, but because he wants only money and despises love. In his rap song “Let’s Talk About Me,” he tells you that all there is to him is that “I got mo’ money.”

Exactly—the movie producers could have put anyone in the evil villain role, so long as he wanted nothing more than to destroy the Muppets theatre. Say, someone wanting to buy the land for its prime real estate location and open a new business venture.

But Hollywood producers know what sells, and there’s one thing they hands-down needed in a villain: pure, rampant greed. It’s no secret that Americans associate oil companies and excessive drilling with greed; it’s also the top reason people say gas prices are so high.

Gothamist rightly calls the clip an “if it weren’t real we would think it were an Onion story” moment and, once again, theWashington Post’s wonderfully satirical columnist Alexandra Petri offers a number of other concerns with the latest Muppets flick.

“There is a pig engaging in an inter-species relationship with a frog,” she writes. “This is literally the slippery slope that sprang into people’s minds when they voted yes on Prop 8.”


Campus Progress / By Brian Stewart | Sourced from

Posted at December 6, 2011, 6:32am

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