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The interaction between the writers and the network executives in the episode underscore the differences between them.
The writers understand the show's inner workings, but the network executives' approach improvements to the show from a business point-of-view.
Even the crazy high-concept ones like 'Two Bad Neighbors' and 'Homer's Enemy' we managed to put on the air because honestly there were no network execs there to stop us." Network notes were parodied at the beginning of the episode "Day of the Jackanapes".
Krusty is shown being pestered by network executives who comment on every choice he makes.
He was able to do that, because Fox back then was a minor fledgling network.
This allowed them to produce any episodes they wanted, as showrunner Josh Weinstein commented: "The great thing about The Simpsons is that we pretty much were able to get away with everything, so there weren't any episodes we really wanted to do that we couldn't do.
Kent Brockman, Springfield's principal news presenter illustrates the glibness, amplification, and sensationalism of broadcast journalism.
Topics include censorship, plagiarism, unoriginal writing, live-action clip shows and documentaries.They try to incorporate what they see as a rebellious character into a failing television show with the comment "This is popular with the kids", but the viewers later reject the character.The Fox network itself is often the target of jokes.In most of his appearances in the show, he hosts short video clips that other characters watch on television or in a public place.He often presents educational videos Turner argues that "the smarmy Hollywood type..been done to death, but Hartman's version breathed new life into it with each appearance.