24 October 2003
Your source for evil
As Al Franken can tell you, Fox News can dish it out, but they sure can't take it.
On NPR's Fresh Air, Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, revealed that Fox News had threatened a lawsuit (against, presumably, Fox Television, which owns The Simpsons) over a brief parody of an FNC newscast.
Regular viewers, of course, will note that The Simpsons has always mocked all things Fox unmercifully, having even written Rupert Murdoch into a script or two, with no complaints from the front office. Murdoch, it appears, has thicker skin than Roger Ailes. (And your average condom, it appears, has thicker skin than Bill O'Reilly.)
Eventually, FNC backed down, though they warned that the fake news crawl might, um, "confuse the viewers." Yeah, right. Maybe when Sean Hannity is on.
(Via Hit & Run)
(Update, 31 October, 7 pm: Groening now admits that he was pulling our chains. As always, at the base of the most effective satire and given the way so many of us were sucked in, this has to be considered effective there's a core of solid truth: yes, Fox News is that thin-skinned. Ask Al Franken.)