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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Bill O'Reilly Saves Christmas

We all know that Bill O'Reilly is nuts (does anyone still watch this guy?), but he's managed to take his insanity to new heights lately.

First, he asserted that he was responsible for lowering oil prices.

Now he's off on this nutty crusade to "save Christmas."

Cathy Young has more. In response to this O'Reilly quote:

Every company in America should be on its knees thanking Jesus for being born. Without Christmas, most American businesses would be far less profitable. More than enough reason for business to be screaming “Merry Christmas.”

She writes:

Well, for one thing, this is pretty stupid. Without Christmas, we might all have been exchanging gifts for Solstice (in which, it's widely agreed, modern-day Christmas celebrations are rooted; let's not forget that until well into the 19th Century, Christian America frowned upon Christmas as a pagan-style holiday). But leaving that aside: here's O'Reilly fulminating against the assault on religion and, in the same breath, peddling the most secular, commercial, materialistic view of Christmas imaginable. (I mean, from a truly Christian perspective, America's business leaders should be thanking Jesus for being born because he offers them a chance at salvation and life everlasting, and his impact on profit margins should be a decidedly secondary matter.) The irony is dripping right off the TV screen.

Read the entire post, but if you don't, make sure that you at least read the update at the end.

Ed Brayton has picked up on Bill's insanity as well:

Here's what I think is hilarious about this. Notice in the first part, where he talks about why he loves Christmas, that he doesn't say a single word about Jesus or Christianity? Not one. It's all about the presents and the tree and getting up early and the anticipation of opening presents, and so forth. Not one word about the religious meaning. But his crusade against "Happy Holidays" is all about the religious significance. The phrase "Happy Holidays" does absolutely nothing to change any of the things he listed as being so special about Christmas.

And irony upon ironies, Andrew Sullivan received an invitation to the News Corporation's "Holiday Party." Take a look at the invite. The News Corporation is the parent company of Fox News. (Sullivan works for a different subsidiary.)

Perhaps O'Reilly will resign in protest. That would make for a truly merry Christmas.


  • does anyone still watch this guy?

    Unfortunately, yes. I was stunned when I learned the extent to which Fox News is winning the cable ratings war. These are total viewers in prime time from the most recent week I could find:

    FNC: 2,198,000 / CNN: 830,000 / MSNBC: 433,000 / HLN: 428,000 / CNBC: 120,000

    That's right, CNN and NBC have two cable news channels each, and the four of them combined can't even match the number of viewers Fox gets. Clearly, the liberal media just doesn't understand that mainstream Americans are tired of their flag-burning ways.

    By Blogger MDS, at 2:54 PM  

  • The first thing I thought when I read this was, "Jesus H. Christ on a popsicle stick."

    I think that makes me a bad Catholic. But not as bad as O'Reilly.

    By Blogger Gypsy Rose, at 3:15 PM  

  • In response to all this "saving X-Mas" junk, Brian Flemming actually did declare war on X-mas:

    By Blogger DannyNoonan, at 3:40 PM  

  • You have to wonder if the boy who cried wolf story needs to be updated for our 24-hour news cycle world. How many times have social conservatives declared war on businesses due to a perceived anti-Christian bias? How many people have actually observed these boycotts? If America is the God-fearing Christian nation that they claim it is AND nearly every major corporation is out to destroy our heritage and therefore subject to a boycott, why are these corporations still in business?

    By Blogger dhodge, at 3:59 PM  

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