Puppeteer and philanthropist Jane Henson, the widow of the legendary Jim Henson, died Tuesday at her home in Connecticut.
Mrs. Henson, who was the co-creator of the iconic Muppets, passed away following a long battle with cancer, according to a news release from the Jim Henson Foundation. She was 78.
Photo: Jane Henson, co-creator of the Muppets, participates in a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum have withered from being Mitt Romney’s legitimate competitors into mere “hecklers,” Politico’s Jonathan Martin writes. The scenarios by which they could win the Republican nomination are becoming more and more “far-fetched,” their rhetoric becoming more desperate. The Atlantic Wire would like to take this image one step further, naming them then Statler and Waldorf of the Republican presidential primary — guys that never get to be the main characters, instead serving as a tool to lower the self-esteem of those Muppets who do. […]
The Times’Trip Gabriel reports that even “humiliation has not changed [Newt’s] will to stay in the race.” His colleagues Jeff Zeleny and Sarah Wheaton write, “The question facing Mr. Santorum was not whether he intended to press forward with his candidacy, but whether he should.” Both men, several reports say, are making less progress towards winning the nomination than towards embarrassing Romney on the daily. Both Gingrich and Santorum toted Etch-a-Sketches last week when a Romney aide referenced the toy to explain how the candidate would pivot to a general election message. They looked cynical and trivial, just like classic hecklers from the Muppets, though without the jokes.
Can’t believe we missed this: On Friday, Rupert Murdoch was in San Francisco talking about education when he got interrupted by … Elmo and the Count. Occupy Sesame Street is a real thing, apparently. Murdoch’s response is classic, actually: “It’s OK. A little controversy makes everything more interesting.”
Today in The Daily Caller’s attempts to create guilt by association: OK, we get it … al-Qaeda didn’t want to assassinate Joe Biden. But did they really have to underline that point by using that photo? Read the full ProPublica article, which says this: “There is a note indicating that the vice president is not an important target because that position has less weight.” That’s all it said on the topic. Which didn’t even mention Biden, let alone Muppets.
Fun Fact of the Day: In the late 1960s, Jim Henson and cartoonist Johnny Hart teamed up to produce a pilot for a television series based on Hart’s and Brant Parker now-classic comic strip The Wizard of Id.
According to the Henson Company blog, the response was positive, but by the time ABC made the decision to take the project forward, Henson had already moved on to work on little children’s program called Sesame Street.