Simpsons Parody the Bashing of Democrats
Fox News Threatens to Sue Fox Entertainment
By Michaela Simon
[This article originally published October 29, 2003 in the cyber journal Telepolis is translated from the German on the World Wide Web,
Simpsons' creator Matt Groening is threatened with a suit by news station Fox News, according to the Independent .
That Fox and its syndicate members enjoy legal suits is not a surprise. But is legal annoyance provoked by different parties in the same house? The Simpsons run on Fox Entertainment. Since the first episodes, the media empire and its boss Rupert Murdoch have patiently endured the criticism.
What caused the sudden humorlessness toward a product that gives the corporation regular commercial revenues? Politics is obviously involved. A rightwing broadcast station like Fox News (cf. False Assumptions ) that describes itself as fair and balanced obviously doesn't consider ridiculing its balanced fairness as witty . In the critical episode, a Fox News Crawl ran with the following content in the bottom margin of the screen:
Pointless news crawls up 37 percent... Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at foxnews.com... Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer... Dow down 5000 points... Study: 92 percent of Democrats are gay... JFK posthumously joins Republican Party... Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple...
The parody of the anti-democrat bating continues uncensored despite the legal threats. However according to Groening, Fox has introduced a new rule for the future that no news-sticker may crawl through on the Simpsons. The reason according to Fox is that the viewer could be confused and mistake the fake as the real news. Nothing is mentioned about a legal threat from Fox News.