Now, honestly, is the first thing you think of when you watch this video communism? How about the second? Is it even a thought in the back of your mind. Or are you just thinking of how this song makes you feel inside (or how bizarre it is that Kermit the Frog can play the banjo)?
According to the host of the Fox News program ” Follow the Money,” Eric Bolling, the new Muppets movie is indoctrinating the idea of communism into our youth, thus continuing Hollywood’s “liberal agenda.” In the movie, Kermit and the rest of the Muppets gang are poised to stop Tex Richman, a wealthy (note the last name) oil man who is trying to tear down the Muppets theater. Richman, therefore, is seen as the enemy of the lovable Muppets gang.
Bolling and his guest, Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center, are proposing that Hollywood is attempting to brainwash the youth of America by portraying a successful businessman as the enemy in American society. Gainor even goes so far to say that Hollywood hates the oil industry and corporate America, pointing out that Cars 2, another children’s movie, Syrianna, and There Will Be Blood all present the oil industry as an evil entity in our country.
This is an excellent example of media bias and how the media can affect the public’s perception of reality in today’s society. It is conceivable, and pretty likely, to say that most children would not even think twice about Richman’s profession in the movie. However, it is news outlets, like Fox News, that hype up these kind of stories to place the blame of media bias on the other side of the argument. Gainor, in an intentional emotional plea, states that these types of movies are ignoring “what oil means to most people: fuel to light a hospital, or heat your home, or maybe fuel an ambulance to get to the hospital if you need.”
In America today, every source of news has to be looked at with a grain of salt, due to the unfortunate influence of bias. It is a sad aspect of our society that a children’s movie such as The Muppets is being scrutinized so heavily, only because it “has a different agenda” than that of Fox News. In this competitive country, Fox News felt that it needed to “one-up” The Muppets and make it known that a conservative should frown upon the movie as it only advances a liberal agenda.
This issue brings up two important questions about the state of politics in America today. Firstly, what influence should Hollywood have on our children, in terms of ingratiating them with specific political/social views? Despite the fact that most values are developed through acculturation, the youth of America is extremely impressionable; should the media have an influence over this vulnerability?
Lastly, how dangerous is media bias in America today? How much influence does/should the parent company of a news outlet have on the type of news that it reports?
Personally, it is extremely disheartening to see The Muppets, the ideal children’s movie, being attacked by Fox News for pushing a liberal agenda into the minds of our youth by making the enemy a wealthy businessman. Someone’s gotta be the bad guy, right? I, for one, never want to see a day when Kermit the Frog becomes that bad guy.