Fox News: The Muppets Are Brainwashing Your Kids Against Capitalism

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To be fair, so are a lot of other Hollywood properties — Captain Planet, Cars 2, Syriana (your kids saw that one, we're sure) — but the ever-vigilant cable news channel has started a new offensive against the latest Muppets movie owing to its negative portrayal of the oil industry. Certain anchors over at Fox, along with one eager representative from the Media Research Center, feel that the movie's villain — evil oil executive Tex Richman, played by Chris Cooper — will teach children that drilling is bad and communism is good. Cue the hysterics! Our favorite quotes from the segment, in no particular order: "What they're telling your kids is what they told them in The Matrix: that mankind is a virus on poor old Mother Earth." Also, from one shrieking woman about five minutes in: "There's no competitive source on the market besides crude." The kids will totally get that. Finally, a snide question from host Eric Bolling: "Are there any Occupy Wall Street Muppets?" Uh, yes, actually, there are! Did no one tell Fox News about Occupy Sesame Street? Missed opportunities all around.