Those Christmas-loving folks at FoxNews.com posted a parody of “The Night Before Christmas” poem called, Twas an Occupier Christmas. It’s one long sneer at the protesters plus others whom Fox News loves to hate, such as “libs” and Van Jones. But it also includes swipes at George Soros via Glenn Beck’s anti-Semitic dog whistle term, “The Puppet Master.” The post was written by Dan Gainor, who was recently seen on Fox Business blaming the Muppets as inciters of the Occupy protests (video after the jump). Gainor is also a Vice President at the Media Research Center whose president, Brent Bozell, complained last week that the so-called “liberal media” won’t let him opine that President Obama look like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.” What’s not to like about these guys if you’re Fox News?
Gainor's poem begins innocently enough:
Twas the night before Solstice, and all through the park
No protesters were stirring, even after the dark.
Occupiers were seething, all mad at The Man,
’Tis Wall Street we’re blamin’ and we’re not a fan.
But it’s not long before Gainor starts channeling Beck. Here’s how “Santa” arrives with a crowd in his sleigh Escalade:
He called out to them for he knew them by name.
Each one of them bowed – they were pawns in his game.
Now Van Jones! Now Holder! Now some Hollywood vixen!
On Marx! On Mao! It’s capitalism we’re fixin’.
Then comes the explicit dogwhistle:
They threw open the doors and threw lots of scratch.
When giving out money, his record unmatched.
He pulled tight on their strings with Gepetto-ish pride.
They did all he said since he ruled the lib side.
Michelle Goldberg wrote in The Daily Beast about Beck’s use of the term “puppet master” to describe Soros:
In classic anti-Semitic narratives, Jews control both the elites and the masses; they’re responsible for the communist revolution and the speculative excesses of capitalism. Their goal is to undermine society so that they can take over. Through the lens of anti-Semitism, social division, runaway inflation, and moral breakdown all make sense because they all have the same cause. Nazi propaganda called Jews drahtzieher—wire-pullers.
This is the exact same imagery Gainor has adopted here, in a Christmas poem sanctioned, if not endorsed, by Fox.
Ho, ho, ho.
In a related matter, am I the only one that hasn’t yet received the check from George for December?