Simpsons creator Matt Groening told Jon Stewart earlier this week that Fox forbid the Simpsons of doing a fake newscrawl because Fox viewers it for the real thing.
(Comments like these are common out of the Simpsons camp; as Jack Shafer noted, they’re is protected by a “titanium shield” from the interference by the higher-ups at Fox.)
In this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, Groening addresses the pending Wall Street Journal sale to Rupert Murdoch, too:
“I think he owns enough,’ Groening says. But he recalls Murdoch being ‘gracious every time I’ve met him’ and even going along with his animated appearance on the show with the entrance line, ‘I’m Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire tyrant.'”