This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
The Muppets are finally striking back against a Fox Business Network report in December that questioned whether the Jim Henson creations were brainwashing children with their liberal agenda.
At a press conference for their film "The Muppets" in London, Kermit and Miss Piggy finally had a chance to address the attack to reporters in person.
One reporter asked Kermit, "I've got to ask you how you felt when — I think it was Eric Bolling from Fox News said it was pushing a dangerous liberal agenda and trying to brainwash children."
Bolling's guest Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center had taken the Muppets to task for portraying a rich oil magnate (named Tex Richman) as the villain in their film and asking why, just once, oil businessmen couldn't be portrayed as valuable, upstanding members of society.
Kermit, in his traditionally tactful manner did his best to defuse the Fox News situation, replying, "I can tell you that's categorically not true. And besides, if we had a problem with oil companies, why would we have spent the entire film driving around in a gas-guzzling Rolls Royce?"
But Miss Piggy wasn't having it. "It's almost as laughable as accusing Fox News as, you know, being news," she said to great applause from the assembled journalists.
"Boy, that's gonna be all over the Internet. You are in such deep water," Kermit said.
Piggy, ever the blunt assessor of any situation responded, "Yeah. Yeah, if they take what I say seriously, they've got a real big problem."
Eric Bolling, the ball is now in your court.
[For the record, 11:15 a.m. Jan. 31: A previous version of this post stated that the report was on Fox News. It was on Fox Business Network. The post also stated that the comments about oil businessmen were made by Eric Bolling. They were made by Bolling's guest, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center.
— Patrick Kevin Day
Photo: Miss Piggy. Credit: Scott Garfield / Disney.