The right-wing blogosphere is in a tizzy over a “Pox News” reference that Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch made on a recent episode.
Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher puts the silly uproar in context:
I’ve been noticing this increasingly whiny trend among conservatives, and this episode is an absurd encapsulation of that. The pattern is always the same: conservative blowhard says something horrible about someone, who then pushes back, causing tears.
In the case of Sesame Street vs. Fox, the cable news network has aired countless hit pieces on Sesame Street and other PBS children’s shows. They ran not one, but two segments about how Sesame Street DVDs were “not for kids,” they called Mr. Rogers “evil,” one of their hosts referred to Cookie Monster’s movements as “erotic,” and even speculates that Oscar the Grouch may have been molested. All things considered, I’d say the Street’s response was remarkably restrained.
When the extreme right starts living by the standards they try to impose on others — whether those standards are about civility in public discourse or private sexual behavior or compliance with one religion or another’s tenets — then they might have a case.
Until then, they’ll have to bear their well-earned hypocrite label.