I never thought we would see the day when the Muppets would have to defend themselves against accusations of pushing a liberal agenda. But sure enough, during a press conference to promote their new movie last month, Kermit and Miss Piggy found themselves doing just that.
For anyone who hasn't seen the movie, the villain is an oil baron named Tex Richman who wants to destroy the Muppet studios in order to dig for oil. Shortly after the movie debuted in November, a conservative guest on a Fox News program claimed the Muppets were brainwashing kids with anti-corporate messages.
I'm a big fan of Fox News, but I have to admit the Muppets handled themselves pretty well when a reporter asked them to comment. Miss Piggy retaliated with, "It's almost as laughable as accusing Fox News of, you know, being news." Kermit then added, "Boy, that's going to be all over the Internet." He was right.
Just last week, Fox News celebrated 10 consecutive years as the No. 1-rated cable news network, so they gotta be doing something right.
Critics such as Jon Stewart claim Fox's success can be attributed to selling the "clearest narrative of any news organization." Others go so far as to claim Fox simply lies.
Fox is a news organization like any other. You have your hard news programs and your opinion programs. The network's hard news coverage is just as fair and balanced as anyone else's; it's the opinion pieces that make liberals melt down faster than the Patriots' defense in a Super Bowl.
It's ridiculous that Fox gets attacked for inviting conservative voices on to its shows. Other news networks, such as MSNBC, openly advertise that their hosts are loud and proud liberals, yet nobody flips out—maybe because no one's watching them anyway.
Studies have shown a growing number of viewers get their news from satirical shows such as "The Daily Show"and "The Colbert Report"—and it's probably safe to assume the vast majority of those viewers are liberals. That's their choice, but how can they accuse Fox News viewers like me of being "misinformed" when they're getting their information from Comedy Central? That's like accusing someone of being an idiot for believing everything he reads in the newspapers when you're spending all your time on Facebook, TMZ and Hulu.
There's a whole 50 percent market share of conservatives in America who like to hear some voices in the news that represent their perspectives in an ocean of left-leaning media. The real genius of Fox's programming is the network automatically soaks up that entire right half of potential viewership. (It's also no secret that Fox has the hottest news anchors in the world, and a pretty face never hurt. I mean, there's a reason why they call it Fox News!)
So what's wrong with providing the other half of America with just one network that has right-leaning voices? You sure won't find them on any other channel.
And you don't have to agree with every opinion maker's comment on any given network. Who does? But every side wants to be heard. So let the opinions fly—I just get a kick out of watching Muppets answer questions about brainwashing kids!
JOHN GIOKARIS IS A REDEYE SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR.