Fox News Channel and Dick Cheney both got their right wings seriously clipped on ‘The Simpsons’ Sunday night.
The episode opened with a Fox News helicopter hovering near the top of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. The incendiary slogan seen on the chopper: “Fox News: Not Racist But #1 With Racists.” Who was the producer of this episode – Rachel Maddow? The MSNBC talk-show host is just one of many liberals who have charged that FNC’s conservative points-of-view are rooted in racism, something the FNC talk-show personalities vehemently disagree with. Maddow famously leveled the racism charge on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’ in August.
A moment later, the chopper pulled alongside the famed statue’s headgear, and a passenger departed the aircraft to enter the statue through one of the openings there. The man’s exit left only the helicopter’s pilot who then exclaimed, as the chopper suddenly dropped and crashed: “We’re unbalanced, it’s not fair!” It was a direct hit on FNC’s famous motto: “Fair and balanced.”
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In the episode, nuclear-power tycoon Montgomery Burns, the meanest man in Springfield, was believed to have died, and he was replaced as CEO of the town’s power plant by none other than Dick Cheney (not voiced by the real former vice president), who was portrayed as an angry sadist. The words on his business card even read: “Dick Cheney: Architect of America’s Downfall.”
It’s not the first time that ‘The Simpsons’ has poked fun at Fox News Channel – which is, of course, owned by the same company that owns the broadcast network on which ‘The Simpsons’ appears. The show has also smacked its own network over the years, and satirized the company’s chairman, Rupert Murdoch, who has appeared as himself several times on the series.
What do you think of ‘The Simpsons’ latest salvo at FNC?