Major Garrett‘s interview with President Obama last week may have symbolically ended the feud between Fox News and the White House but the #1 cable news channel has recently found itself embroiled in another media controversy, this time with a most unlikely adversary: “Sesame Street.”
As the venerable children’s program was set to mark its 40th anniversary on the air, it ran an episode in which a news organization called “Pox News” was referred to as “trashy.” (Video here). The thinly veiled critique of Fox News set off a stream of criticism online and PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler issued a formal statement on the matter.
Thankfully, though, it appears that a truce has been called between Oscar the Grouch and Bill O’Reilly. TVSpy has learned that Fox News and Sesame Street will hold a summit of sorts on Tuesday’s “O’Reilly Factor.” On the show, O’Reilly will welcome Spill O’Reilly, a new puppet, and Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President of Sesame Workshop.
In the infamous “Sesame Street” episode, which has in fact aired a handful of times before, Oscar the Grouch is working as a reporter and conducts an interview that a viewer deems to be not nearly grouchy enough. Calling to complain, the disgruntled viewer shouts on the phone, “From now on, I am watching Pox News. Now theres a trashy news show!”