Archive for the ‘childrens television’ Category

Breaking: The Latest Word

September 6, 2014

Newscasters Huntley and Brinkley John Oliver and Cookie Monster, the latest word in TV journalism. A  Sesame Street/Mashable collaboration.

Words fail us ….


“Words Are Here, There, and Everywhere,” Sesame Street

WORD-TV News out-takes


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Puppet Radicals Run Riot in DC!

November 4, 2012

Puppet Radicals Run Riot in DC!

“The Million Puppet March — a political rally against Mitt Romney’s debate remarks about Big Bird and cutting funding to public television — may not have actually been a million puppets strong, but furry monsters came from far and near in a post-Halloween parade of support for PBS on Saturday.

The march to the Capitol set off from Lincoln Park shortly after 11 a.m., with the participants singing the “Sesame Street” theme song, and the Muppets’ “Mahna Mahna.” They were asked to keep to the sidewalk, but the hundreds of marchers soon spilled into the street, requiring a police escort. They chanted:

‘Power to the puppets! We can save the Muppets!’

‘Whose street? Sesame Street!’

‘What do we want? Cookies! When do we want them? Now!’

‘EL-MO! We won’t go!’

–“The Million Puppet March: Fighting for public broadcasting, with felt and fur,” Maura Judkis, Washington Post


Fox News Fights Commie Muppets

December 5, 2011
Fox News Fights Commie Muppets

"Lousy Commie Elmo Had It Coming!"

“It ain’t easy being green, but according to Fox Business, Kermit the Frog and his Muppet friends are reds.

Last week, on the network’s ‘Follow the Money’ program, host Eric Bolling went McCarthy on the new, Disney-released film, ‘The Muppets,’ insisting that its storyline featuring an evil oil baron made it the latest example of Hollywood’s so-called liberal agenda.

Bolling, who took issue with the baron’s name, Tex Richman, was joined by Dan Gainor of the conservative Media Research Center, who was uninhibited with his criticism.

 ‘It’s amazing how far the left will go just to manipulate your kids, to convince them, give the anti-corporate message,’ he said.”

 — “The Muppets Are Communist, Fox Business Network Says,” Huffington Post


This Is Why They Hate Us

July 5, 2011

The French don’t hate Americans because of boorish Yank tourists. They don’t hate us because we’re sexual prudes or because we forced them into NATO. They hate us because we let Mattel Toys corrupt their petits garçons and make them slaves to la malbouffe (junk food).


Ronald McDonald 86ed

April 18, 2010

Ronald McDonald 86ed

Nutrition activists want to retire Ronald McDonald, fast food corporate spokesclown since 1963. Critics claim his TV ads target children and lure innocent infants into obesity by making unhealthy foods look like fun. They want Ronald to saddle up Joe Camel and ride into the sunset.

It could be worse for the burger-mongering buffoon. A crazed Internet mob has stormed Sesame Street, trying to starve Cookie Monster to death. Ronald is in no danger there; he’s no longer welcome in that neighborhood.

Is Mr. McDonald already history? Even now, youngsters are auditioning for his job:


Candidates Cram for Tomorrow’s Debate

October 6, 2008

Candidates Cram for Tomorrow's Debate

Senators John McCain and Barack Obama are grinding away at the syllabus for Tuesday’s Presidential Debate at Belmont University. First question: where the heck is Belmont University?

Just funnin.’ Belmont University (registration: 5,023 students) is in the Athens of the South, Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville has a passel o’ colleges and a wooden Parthenon. Belmont, formerly a school for Baptist ladies, is now your all-around Christian co-ed university. Rose French of Associated Press says the small school is spending millions to support production of the debate, and will allow consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus Tuesday only. A wise decision. These events drive us to drink, too.

We live in a time when small Tennessee Christian schools know how to set up a Media Spin Room. The End is surely near.


Saturday AM TV: Jump. It’s Fun!

September 1, 2007

Jump. It’s fun. Jump. It’s Easy! Watch Parcheesi on theTV!


The NBC TV network has a late-night broadcast of four people sitting around playing cards.

We might expect this from niche cable programmers like ESPN-Poker or Poker TV (PTN), but a card game on NBC?

Kids still learn to play cards on rainy vacation days in places where there’s (gasp) no WiFi or TV and they’re out of Gameboy batteries. Some kids even learn to play Parcheesi, Chutes and Ladders, Monopoly, and Clue.

Children’s broadcasters: take a clue from Poker After Dark. Stop those computer-animated Saturday morning kids’ shows. Televise four kids playing Parcheesi. Have players interviewed on strategy by Elmo or Big Bird instead of slinky Shana Hiatt. Don’t use Barney, though. He just doesn’t get it. He wants everyone to win.