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Happy Holidays! from the Fox News Channel

Reported by Melanie - December 24, 2004 -

At 4:49 p.m. today (December 24, 2004) at the end of a pre-recorded Your World w/Neil Cavuto, Fox News began airing an eight minute video greeting card. The video showed people who work behind the scenes at Fox News as well as on-air "personalities." While there was some dialogue among the staffers, the audio largely consisted of greetings by Fox employees. Given the ranting and raving on Fox of late, especially on O'Reilly and Hannity & Colmes about Christ being taken out of Christmas and Christmas being under assault and liberals trying to rip God from our consciousness, Fox's holiday video was about as PC as you can get.

Here are the greetings relayed by Fox News staffers as a "Merry Christmas" banner appeared at the bottom of the screen:

- Group of people waving: "Thanks for watching and Happy Holidays."

- "Happy Holidays from the Fox News Channel edit desk."

- A man I didn't recognize: "From all of us here at the Fox News Channel, Happy Holidays and Feliz Navidad."

- "From the Fox News bureau in Kabul, Afghanistan, Seasons Greetings and happy New Year."

- "From everyone in the Fox News Baghdad bureau, Happy Holidays."

- Two women I didn't recognize: "Happy Holidays everyone and thank you to all our troops in Iraq."

- "It's not easy working in Rome but we do the best we can. Happy Holidays. Buon Natale."

- "From the Fox Moscow bureau, счастливые праздники or, Happy Holidays everyone."

- "From all of us in the Jerusalem bureau, Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah."

- "Joyeux Noël and Happy Holidays from the Fox News team in Paris."

- Terry Keenan: "Happy Holidays and best wishes for a bullish 2005."

- David Asman: "Make a lotta money this year. Have a wonderful holiday. Spend time with your family."

- "Seasons Greetings from advertising and promotion."

- Shot of the ticker running around the outside of the Fox News building in NYC: "Happy Holidays."

- "From everyone in production - Happy Holidays."

- Dagen McDowell: "Neil, since the maker of Yodels went bankrupt, we've been stocking up. Happy Holidays."

- Woman I didn't recognize: "I'd just like to wish all our viewers and our friends and families watching, all the best in 2005."

- Brenda Buttner: "Happy Holidays from the Bulls & Bears. Let's hope that there are more of the former than the latter on Wall Street."

- "From all of us here on the west coast, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2005."

- Orlando Salinas: "From all of us here at Fox News Miami, Merry Christmas."

- "Happy Holidays from all of us at Fox News' Denver bureau."

- "We here in the northeast bureau wish you Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year."

- "Thanks America for making Fox News Channel number one in Atlanta. From the Fox News southeast bureau, Happy Holidays."

- Brit Hume: "From team Washington and Special Report, Merry Christmas."

- "How y'all doin'? Happy Holidays from the Fox News Channel Dallas bureau. Keep your joy fair and balanced. And if you don't get what you want, don't blame us, we just report, Santa decides."

- Two women I didn't recognize: "From the hottest girls at the Fox News Channel, we'd like to wish you a Merry Christmas." The two "girls" sang several verses of We Wish You a Merry Christmas.

- "Happy Holidays from the cataloguing department. From Fox News.com. From the green room. From everybody at transmission and intake. From the Fox News ed staff. The Cost of Freedom."

- Neil Cavuto with his staff standing behind him: "I hope we've given you the idea here that there's a lot more behind the success of Fox business news than just me. Although, if that's your opinion, that's fine. But the fact of the matter is these are the people behind the success of the top five business shows on television. They take a great deal of pride in their work and excuse my numerous errors. So, from all of them to all of you, who make it possible to be the most watched business shows around, thank you very much and the happiest of holidays."

COMMENT: Again, Fox would have us believe that Christmas could disappear from our culture, perhaps as soon as next week. Yet, they limit the use of "Merry Christmas" in their holiday video. Guess they don't practice what they preach, because in the end, it's all about viewers and ratings and money and trying not to alienate anyone, now isn't it?