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Muppets vs. Fox News round 2: Miss Piggy says Fox News isn't news [Video]

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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."

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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.

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Fox Business: Are Muppets (and liberals) brainwashing kids? [Video]

— Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Miss Piggy. Credit: Scott Garfield / Disney.

Fox Business: Are Muppets (and liberals) brainwashing kids? [Video]

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Are the Muppets and Hollywood trying to brainwash children into following a liberal agenda? That's what Fox Business host Eric Bolling suggested Friday during his program, "Follow the Money" on Fox Business.

The source of Bolling's irritation was the villain in "The Muppets," a greedy oilman named Tex Richman (played by Chris Cooper). In the film, Richman secretly plots to gain control of the Muppets' studio in Hollywood and tear it down to get to the oil buried beneath it.

Bolling's guest, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center, responded, "Hollywood, the left, the media, they hate the oil industry. They hate corporate America.... All of these movies attacking the oil industry. None of them reminding people what oil means for most people, which is fuel to light a hospital or heat your home or maybe fuel an ambulance to get you to a hospital."

Gainor went on to connect the proliferation of Occupy Wall Street protesters with kids who had been "indoctrinated" by "Captain Planet" or Nickelodeon's "Big Green Help." "They're all teaching that corporations are bad, oil industry is bad," he said.

"The Five" co-host Andrea Tantaros then joined Bolling. "I thought 'Sesame Street' was supposed to be sharing and being nice to people. But over the years they have gotten more liberal."

Poor Tex Richman couldn't even satisfy Occidental politics Professor Caroline Heldman, who wished that "The Muppets" had selected a villain from the financial sector.

Bolling seemed incensed. "Why do kids have to be exposed to this?... Why is rich evil?... We're teaching our kids class warfare. Where are we, communist China?"

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-- Patrick Kevin Day

Photo: Chris Cooper plays "Muppets" villain Tex Richman. Credit: Scott Garfield / Disney

Black political group demands firing of Fox Business Network host

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An African American political organization is demanding that Eric Bolling, the host of Fox Business Network's "Follow The Money" be fired for making what they called racist comments about President Obama and saying that he hosts "hoods in the hizzy."

ColorofChange.org, which bills itself as the nation's largest African American online political organization, said it has collected 65,000 signatures demanding that Bolling be fired for comments, including one in which he said that Obama was "chugging 40s in Ireland" while tornadoes ravaged Missouri.

Bolling also said that Obama had a habit of hosting "hoods in the hizzy," alluding to visits by the president of Gabon and rapper Common, who they said advocated violence against police.

The host on Monday addressed his earlier remarks, saying "we got a little fast and loose with the language and we know it's being interpeted as being disrespectful. And for that, I'm sorry. We did go a bit too far."

"Fox Business and Fox News continue to be safe havens for commentators who try to conjure up race-based fears and peddle racial stereotypes as hard news," said a statement from the group. "If [Fox News head] Roger Ailes fires Bolling, it's a step towards accountability. If he refuses, it will make it abundantly clear to the public and the media that stoking racial division is part of Fox's agenda."

Kevin Magee, executive vice president of Fox Business Network, said in a statement issued Thursday, "I spoke with Eric and his producer and we all agree the line was crossed, thus Monday night's apology. We now consider the matter closed."

For the record, 2:55 p.m., June 16: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to Fox Business News instead of Fox Business Network and said the comment about Obama in Ireland was made during last Friday's shows. Also Bolling, not the group, said that Common advocated violence against police. Fox Business Network's executive vice president Kevin Magee was misspelled as MaGee.

-- Greg Braxton

Fox Business will roll out red carpet for Lou Dobbs starting March 14

Lou Dobbs will make his return to television on March 14.

Dobbs, who joined Fox Business Network last November, will launch his new show -- "Lou Dobbs Tonight" -- in the 7 p.m. time slot.

The new show is part of a redesign of the cable channel's evening lineup. The lead-in for Dobbs will be Neil Cavuto's business news show "Cavuto." Following Dobbs at 8 p.m. will be "Freedom Watch," which is hosted by former judge Andrew Napolitano. "America's Nightly Scoreboard" will move to 9 p.m. Eric Bolling’s "Follow the Money" will take the 10 p.m. slot except on Thursdays, when "Stossel," hosted by John Stossel, will run.

-- Joe Flint

 

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