"Sesame Street" has come under fire recently for some segments conservative critics say promote leftist views. The main target? Oscar the Grouch. It seems the surly, trash-can-living muppet is busting out his reporter chops these days and much to the dismay of his audience he's being all lovey-dovey with his interviewees. At the end of the segment his girlfriend calls to tell him she's changing the channel, "From now on I am watching 'Pox' News. Now there is a trashy news show." (WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.)
Andrew Breitbart's Big Hollywood site was not amused. The blogger Stage Right wrote:
"If Mom and Dad watch cable news, it's better than 50/50 they watch 'POX News.' So what gives? PBS -- a network partially funded with my tax dollars -- has the right to tell my kids that their parents watch 'trashy' news? The message is clear, I can't even sit my kids in front of 'Sesame Street' without having to worry about the Left attempting to undermine my authority. And don't tell me, 'If you don't like it change the channel.' There are no channels left! It's everywhere. Just last week I had Obama's service and volunteerism promoted on every single major network, including Disney and Nickelodeon."
Well last night Stephen Colbert got in on the action, calling the kids show, "America's most insidious socialist brainwashing program." He used recent tea party protest memes (calling everybody Hitler and Stalin, comparing reform to the Holocaust) and applied them to the "Sesame Street" debate.