The Simpsons Vs. Fox News

11-01-03 Keavin
Hold the presses…  despite earlier reports from other news outlets, producers of “The Simpsons” are not being sued by Fox News for a satirical stab the hit show took at the 24 hour news channel. 

Producers of the show have released a statement saying that there was "never any issue" between the news network and the show. 

 “The Simpsons” appears on Fox TV, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which also owns the “Fair and Balanced” cable news network. 

The controversy was sparked last week when “The Simpsons” creator, Matt Groening, told NPR’s “Fresh Air” that the Fox News Channel threatened to sue over an episode that contained a mock version of the FNC news ticker at the bottom of the screen. 

According to Digital Spy, the cartoon’s version of the news ticker read in part: "Pointless news crawls up 37 per cent ... Do Democrats cause cancer? Find out at foxnews.com ... Rupert Murdoch: Terrific dancer ... Dow down 5000 points ... Study: 92 per cent of Democrats are gay ... JFK posthumously joins Republican Party ... Oil slicks found to keep seals young, supple ..."

A Fox News spokesperson said that a lawsuit was not threatened or even considered and in fact they thought the parody “was great”. 

“The Simpsons” producers issued the following statement clarifying Groening statements to NPR: "Matt was being satirical and certainly there was never any issue between the show and Fox News. We regret any confusion."

Apparently, Groening was poking fun at the controversy between the cable news channel and Al Franken.