It ain’t easy being green, but according to Fox Business, Kermit the Frog and his Muppet friends are reds. Last week, on the network’s “Follow the Money” program, host Eric Bolling went McCarthy on the new, Disney-released film, “The Muppets,” insisting that its storyline featuring an evil oil baron made it the latest example of Hollywood’s so-called liberal agenda. Bolling, who took issue with the baron’s name, Tex Richman, was joined by Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center, who was uninhibited with his criticism. “It’s amazing how far the left will go just to manipulate your kids, to convince them, give the anti-corporate message,” he said.
It would be difficult for me to truly do justice to the depth of ignorance displayed by both Eric Bolling and Dan Gainor. Yes, I realize it was probably a slow news morning. They’d probably been out drinking the night before, and so hadn’t been able to do their research. Hung over and stupid, Bolling and Gainor had to find something to fill their allotted time…so why not accuse the Muppets of being closet Comsymps?
It’s difficult to imagine that two adults were engaged in this conversation, but this isn’t Bolling’s first rodeo…and Gainor…well, let’s just say neither of these intellectual and moral midgets will be nominated for a Nobel Prize in our lifetime. While Bolling managed to get the ball rolling, it was Gainor’s rant that truly made this saga worth the price of admission:
“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 it, whether it was ‘Cars 2,’ which was another kids’ movie, the George Clooney movie ‘Syriana,’ ‘There Will Be Blood,’ 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…. This is what they’re teaching our kids. You wonder why we’ve got a bunch of Occupy Wall Street people walking around all around the country, they’ve been indoctrinated, literally, for years by this kind of stuff…. Whether it was ‘Captain Planet’ or Nickelodeon’s ‘Big Green Help,’ or ‘The Day After Tomorrow,’ the Al Gore-influenced movie, all of that is what they’re teaching, is that corporations is bad, the oil industry is bad, and ultimately what they’re telling kids is what they told you in the movie ‘The Matrix’: that mankind is a virus on poor old mother Earth.”
Interesting, isn’t it, that someone so seemingly intelligent and accomplished can weave such a ridiculous conspiracy theory out of whole cloth? Are they so threatened by ideas they find alien that rather than try to understand them, they’d prefer to destroy them…even if they really don’t know how? I can’t believe that Bolling and Gainor would choose to look so distressingly stupid…but this is Fox Noise Channel we’re talking about. Rational discussion and dispassionate debate isn’t exactly a hallmark of the GOP’s propaganda arm.
“Fair and balanced”…as long as you remember to take your medication.