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News Corporation Schedules Holiday Party, While "FOX & Friends" Bashes Same - Can You Spell "H-Y-P-O-C-R-I-S-Y"?

Reported by Marie Therese - December 12, 2005

News Hound Ellen has been hot on the trail of FOX hypocrisy when it comes to the issue of "Holiday" vs "Christmas." On November 28th she reported that FOX News' very own online store was labeled a Holiday Store not a Christmas Store (they, of course, immediately changed it to the more Religiously Correct wording. Then on December 3rd, she followed up with a screenshot of the HOLIDAY Party invitation issued by News Corporation, parent company of FOX News Channel. Now, it seems that FOX has once again put its foot in it.

On this morning's FOX and Friends, host E. D.Hill did a teaser for the upcoming segment, saying "Office holiday parties are under attack by the PC Brigade. We'll hear about the latest crackdown on company get-togethers." Off camera host Steve Doocy said: "Did you say HOLIDAY party?" to which Hill responded "Yes, I did."

In the next teaser about 5 minutes later, host Brian Kilmeade said "Comin' up, straight ahead, only on FOX and Friends, your corporate CHRISTMAS [my emphasis] Party could be comin' a little different this year ..."

Later, Kilmeade was holding out hope that the three of them would be able to - wonder of wonders! - meet President Bush during the Washington Christmas Party at the White House with the President, which they are scheduled to attend. He then said something very telling:

KILMEADE: "Very few people invited. There's word out that the President this year is mixing with the people, talkin' to people - not just waiting in the photo line but walking around, askin' people how's the food - can I freshen up the drink?"

It would seem that Bush's handlers have decided he needs to appear a little more like a "man of the people" these days - although one wonders why he would have been so aloof in prior years in such a presumably supportive crowd?

When the actual segment aired around 8:45 AM EST, the topic of conversation was - are you ready? - how some companies are trying to be politically correct by calling their office parties HOLIDAY parties instead of CHRISTMAS parties!!!

If you did not click on the link above to Ellen's December 3rd post, check it out now and you'll see in big letters THE NEWS CORPORATION HOLIDAY PARTY, set for December 16th.

These guys at FOX are the biggest hypocrites on the planet! You can bet they'll all be at that big old HOLIDAY shindig at News Corps HQ, tossing back their champagne and martinis, munching on HOLIDAY treats, slapping each other on the back for the great year they've had. I wonder if the FOX News bigwigs will skip Church on Sunday, like the evangelical churches that have informed their members that there will be no Christmas Sunday services?

The FOX and Friends trio interviewed two men with opposing views on this subject. Mike Hyter, President of Novations Group and author of The Power of Inclusion: Unlock thePotential and Productivity of Your Workplace and William Murray, Chairman of the Religious Freedom Coalition.

DOOCY (with a straight face, not giving any hint that he knows how hypocritical he's being): "Mr. Murray, once upon a time they were Christmas parties. Now they're Holiday parties. You got a problem with that?"

Predictably, Murray argued for the traditional Christmas party approach while Heiter came down on the side of "inclusion," as the title of his book would suggest.

Murray's key points were that thousands of faith-based organizations employee millions of people, spend billions of dollars in the economy and, as he put it, "we can get offended, too." He went on to say "When I get a letter from a supplier that tells me to take down the green and red decorations, put up snowflakes, move our party to January, mix it in with a celebration like Ramada [sic - Ramadan occurs in November], I don't want to do business with that supplier."

Doocy then said, "Mr. Murray is referring to a newsletter that he received from you, Mr. Hyter. What are you trying to suggest to companies, that they not mention Christmas at all?

HYTER: Well, no. I think that's probably an extreme interpretation. I think it's important to recognize that this topic has importance on three levels. There's a personal values and faith area. There's the marketplace, where organizations are actually marketing to customers and then there's the workplace itself, and you know, what I'm trying to convey is the fact that in the workplace, specifically, you have to be respectful of the fact that there are a variety of faiths typically represented in the workplace.

[The following chyron appeared in lower part of screen: "Is political correctness winning out over Christmas"?]

HYTER: There's a legal expectation ...

DOOCY: Right.

HYTER: ... that a person who is of a different faith ...

DOOCY: Sure.

HYTER: ... isn't discriminated against and so ...

DOOCY: Right.

HYTER: ... it's just important to be sensitive to others ...

DOOCY: Right.

HYTER: ... as opposed to just one dimensional, that's all.

DOOCY: Real quick - real quickly, Mr. Murray, what's the matter with that?

MURRAY: Well, the difficulty is, is that we're mixing holidays of different importance. For instance, I received a letter from Microsoft and it said - reminded me - that Christmas is an extremely important holiday Christians, Chanukkah is a much less important holiday to Jews ...

DOOCY: Right.

MURRAY: ... and Kwanzaa is a cultural celebration, not a religious celebration, and that we should actually be mindful of - uh - of - of not offending Christians, and so it's an entirely different view than what's expressed here.


FOX News motto: "Do as I say and not as I do."

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