Fox News Channel is a cable news channel owned by News Corporation. Created by Rupert Murdoch in 1996, the channel is now available in 102 million households in the U.S., and has featured shows such as The Live Desk, Hannity & Colmes, Fox & Friends and The O'Reilly Factor. One of the network's sister-stations is the Fox Business Network.
After a 2007 episode of Sesame Street mocked Fox News with Grouch news network "POX News" ("a trashy news show") Bill O'Reilly commented that "we may have to ambush Oscar." On the November 24, 2009 installment The O'Reilly Factor, Sesame Workshop Executive Vice President Sherrie Westin appeared to explain to O'Reilly that Sesame Street frequently relies on parodies in order to engage parents and encourage them to watch with their children and that being trashy is a compliment to a grouch. Westin then introduced O'Reilly to Spill O'Reilly, who explained that much like Fox News, grouches are "fair and balanced"- they hate people from every political spectrum.
Lily, a Sesame Street special's character meant to discuss food insecurity, appeared at the National Press Club in December 2011; the blog Fox Nation belittled the character and the cause stating the Food for Thought inititive "teaches poor families to seek out nutritious food and to eat on the taxpayers’ tab."
- On a 2007 episode of Sesame Street, Oscar has been reporting for GNN, the Grouch News Network, which features "All grouchy, all disgusting, all yucky news, all the time." Because all the stories keep backfiring on Oscar (happy endings for Sleeping Beauty and her Prince, Cookie Monster breaking a cookie but realizing he now has two cookies to eat, etc.), Grundgetta calls the station and announces that she is going to watch Pox News, which is a true "Trashy News Show."
- In The Muppets, Sam the Eagle can be seen as a correspondent for Everything Stinks on WGF News (a loose parody of the network).
- ↑ Eric Scheiner, "Sesame Street Muppet Touts Entitlements: 'I Get a Free Breakfast and Lunch'", FOX Nation, December 9, 2011.