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Newt Gingrich Loses Crucial Green Endorsement

December 2nd, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Kermit the Frog reminds us that he’s still very much beholden to public television and its ultimate patron, declaring this one of his potential opponents in 2012 is, like the muppet himself, all green. “Kermit The Frog On CNN: ‘Newt Is From The Swamp:’”

As a member of Generation X who grew up in the glory days of Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, I can’t tell you how disappointed I am to see an icon of my childhood politicized on CNN.

Liberal defenders of Kermit’s appearance  on CNN will dismiss this as a harmless joke.

Tell me, is it a coincidence that Kermit just helped Obama light the White House Christmas Tree?

There are no coincidences when you’ve made the rainbow connection, my friend. None whatsoever.

But it does make the point that PJTV alumnus Steven Crowder makes in his new video about the National Broadcasting Corporation sliming Michele Bachmann: for every person — or muppet — who slimes a conservative politician on the air, there are dozens more in meetings, behind the scenes, shouting, “way to go, keep up the good work!” rather than, as Crowder notes, questing if it might be such a good idea to trash a sitting congresswoman or, to tie in with the item above, politicize everybody’s favorite childhood memories:

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While the left believes that “the personal is the political” — a euphemism for saying that everything is political — if there’s a sliver of good news in these sorts of stories, at Big Hollywood, John Nolte links to a rare more-or-less pro-conservative story in the Hollywood Reporter that asks, as John paraphrases, “Did Liberal Sucker Punches Kill ‘Happy Feet Two?’”

Director George Miller acknowledged five years ago that he reworked the script for the first Happy Feet to amplify the environmental themes, and conservatives who weren’t turned off by them the first time around expected similar messages in the sequel. Some, though, complain that Happy Feet Two ramped up the liberalism to the point of propaganda, and these disenchanted right wingers are getting the word out to like-minded moviegoers.

Kyle Smith at the NY Post, for example, says he loved the first Happy Feet but he wrote that the sequel promotes collectivism, feminism, international bailouts, vegetarianism, same-sex marriage, the United Nations and even Occupy Wall Street, which he acknowledges didn’t exist during the moviemaking process.

“Well played, lefties: This is Kiddie Karl Marx,” Smith writes of Happy Feet Two.

There’s about 123 million adult conservatives in the U.S., so if Hollywood insists on inserting liberal messages in its family fare, it risks alienating a huge chunk of its potential audience. And many conservatives are accusing Hollywood of doing just that.

After Pixar head honcho John Lasseter revealed ahead of the opening of Cars 2 that the oil industry would be the “uber bad guy,” a blogger at LonelyConservative.com wrote this: “We conservatives and believers in free markets are accused of being paranoid when we say the Hollywood industry is trying to indoctrinate our children with left-wing propaganda. But now movie directors and producers are coming out and admitting what they’re doing. I’m just glad I found this out before I allowed my kids to persuade me to take them to see the movie Cars 2.”

Cars 2 this year, by the way, took in 22 percent less at the domestic box office than its predecessor did in 2006.

I would have happily paid to see Cars 2 this past summer when it was playing at Santana Row, but I had read — and promoted — the sucker punch warnings and decided “Include me out.” As John Nolte responds at Big Hollywood:

Hollywood’s dealing with a whole new world. New Media can now get the word out days before the hugely important opening weekend begins. And if Hollywood thinks this right-of-center nation is outraged over the dozen-or-so box office bombs they produced in order to give aid and comfort to our jihadist enemies, the targeting of our children with their noxious leftist lies is going to be an even bigger problem.

“Happy Feet Two” cost 600 people their jobs.

Since it’s a global warming-themed movie, presumably the producers consider that to be good news, right?

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