Let's take a trip down memory lane back to 2007 when Bill O'Reilly, as War on Christmas commander-in-chief, declared war on Great Barrington Massachusetts. Bill sent his faithful stalker, Jesse Watters, to this beautiful town in the Berkshires in order to shame them over their curfew on OMG "holiday lights" due to environmental concerns. Suffice to say, the residents were not shamed. In 2008, O'Reilly lied that Great Barrington had tried "to discourage Christmas" in 2007 and because they still "opposed" it (lie) he had sent Watters back there to continue to shame the locals who, again, weren't impressed. And in an amazing bit of historical revision, Watters claimed that the Bill O'Reilly show "saved Christmas" in Great Barrington. In one of his last lies of 2012, O'Reilly asserted that Great Barrington "hates Christmas" - and just like his other assertions, this one just isn't true.
Bill began his December 16th "Tip of the Day" segment by pontificating that Great Barrington, MA is "the town that hates Christmas." He made the totally unfounded and false claim that "for years, the pinheads who run this town have been discouraging people from putting out displays of Christmas." He then claimed that "this year they are banning them on Main Street allegedly because of a reconstruction project." Because O'Reilly knows all and sees all he opined that this is "baloney" and that he knows "what's going on up there." Funny, according to the town website, the project just finished its planning stage and will be commencing in 2013 but details, details.
He issued his tip which was to stay away from Great Barrington because "if you like Christmas, it's not the place to be." Bill then cited his column about the Christmas "controversy" generated by RI Governor Lincoln Chafee - a laughable claim given that Bill O'Reilly and Fox fuelled the flames of a local issue by taking it national!
According to the Boston Globe, "anyone who visits would see holiday cheer and, yes, even Christmas spirit. Decorations put up by community groups and local businesses include wreaths, lights, and two large Christmas trees on the town lawn." Betsy Andrus, executive director of Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce, cited the 12 foot high, 300 pound Santa as an example of one of the many decorations. The town also hosts an "annual downtown holiday event attended by 3,000 people, featured fireworks, a snow machine, and a fire engine carrying a live Santa."
O'Reilly might be concerned that five lighted snowflake ornaments have disappeared from Main Street; but that's because they were in a state of disrepair; but next year, "there will be a five-block light display hanging on new lampposts installed as part of the town’s Main Street renovation."
The Smithsonian considers Great Barrington to be one of the 20 best small towns in America. Across the pond, the Guardian UK says it's one of six "cool US cities."
Too bad Bill O'Reilly has to keep lying about it!
On the Bill O'Reilly loofah lie scale this one is loofahs on fire!
A: Simple. His lips are moving.