Wednesday, February 22, 2012

More "Indoctrination" Paranoia: Fox Attacks Dr. Seuss' The Lorax

by Todd Gregory/Media Matters

The Muppets. SpongeBob SquarePants. Dr. Seuss.
Beloved icons of childhood entertainment in America, or subtle forms of anti-business indoctrination that brainwash your kids into hating capitalism?
Thank goodness we have Fox to ask these questions.
Lou Dobbs sounded the alarm again tonight on his Fox Business show

 DOBBS: Now, an "Unmentionable" -- a story you won't hear anywhere in the liberal national media, or nearly all of the national liberal media. Hollywood is once again trying to indoctrinate our children. Two new films out this year, plainly with an agenda, plainly demonizing the so-called "1 percent" and espousing the virtue of green-energy policies, come what may.
The first, Dobbs said, is an animated film called The Secret World of Arrietty, and the second is Universal Pictures' computer-animated version of the 1971 Dr. Seuss classic The Lorax.
The graphic that aired during a clip of the movie declared, " 'Lorax' Movie Pushes Anti-Industry Message":
Dobbs found the message of these two movies reminiscent of President Obama's recent speeches on taxes. For support, he played clips of Obama, complete with an "Indoctrinating Our Children" graphic:
Dobbs then said, "The president's liberal friends in Hollywood [are] targeting a younger demographic using animated movies to sell their agenda to children."
As Dobbs asked his panel about "this sort of insidious nonsense from Hollywood," the graphic read, "Tree-Hugging Dr. Seuss Character Featured In New Universal Movie":
The position that Fox is ultimately espousing when it whips up this paranoia is that any pro-environment lesson for kids is a form of "indoctrination." Fox reacts in a different manner when people deliver conservative messages to young people.
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