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War on Christmas humbug

For decades, the liberals have been professionally offended. "You said Oriental instead of Asian! Shame!" and all that rot. Now, the conservatives (or at least those who watch too much Fox News) are professionally offended. The target, of course, is the wholly mythical campaign against Christmas.

When I was a kid, I sold greeting cards for a while (a year or so, I don't remember - it's been a long time!). Many of those cards said "Happy Holidays" (which of course is a contraction from Holy Days in case you forgot) or "Season's Greetings." Never once did I hear someone put on a show of being offended that not every card said "Christmas" on it. Not a single time. I guess back then we didn't have the benefit of a 24-hour news channel which needs ratings so badly that they can tell us exactly when and at whom we should be offended or outraged. Ah, those old days when we had to form our own opinions about things, instead of being spoonfed by Bill O'Reilly and his ilk.

There is plenty of documentation out there about the total lack of ethics practiced by Mr. O'Reilly, particularly in the craven nature of his lies about the anti-Christmas contingent. Every story I've seen that O'Reilly has touted as an example of people banning Christmas has been completely debunked. Have fun with your non-controversy, Right Wing Nuts.

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Dec. 16th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
One of my (very) right-leaning friends at work today said she is making a distinct effort to ignore the whole brouhaha on Fox (which she will continue to watch, of course) because she knows it's just a ploy for Gibson to sell more books.

With that said, Gibson's book wouldn't be getting much publicity (and sales) if O'Reilly wasn't bringing it up every bloody day. I don't watch Fox if I can avoid it, although it's often on at work in the breakroom. However, I have heard O'Reilly blathering about the nonexistent war on Christmas many times. Not once have I seen John Gibson. I know he's making big money over this, but O'Reilly is the one sending the consumers his way.
Dec. 16th, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Every anchor on FOX News pimps the latest book written by another FOX anchor.

I see Gibson pushing his book and giving over a segment of his show to it every day. FOX News is one of the stations we monitor.
Dec. 16th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
I'm just lucky enough to miss Gibson, I guess. Oh, yeah - I don't watch the channel at all if I can avoid it. Poor you, watching bad journalism all day. At least I hope they let y'all take shifts. Nobody should be forced to watch Fox (or CNN or MSNBC for that matter) for more than an hour at a time without some massive compensation.
Dec. 16th, 2005 02:10 pm (UTC)
Heh... How about all three, all shift?

We get to pick which one we listen to, though, so unless we are monitoring a particular situation, we can select the most interesting story.