As the Sydney hostage crisis was still unfolding in Australia, Fox & Friends broke away for a dispatch from the domestic horror of the War on Christmas.
Host Elisabeth Hasselbeck chirped, “So long, Santa!” by way of introduction to this story. She continued, “Following just one complaint, a school sends parents a notice informing them quote, our First through Fourth grade concert as well as our Kindergarten concert will not include a visit from Santa Claus this year.”
Could this be any more trivial in comparison to the siege in Sydney, where hostages lost their lives? Apparently not if you’re a perpetually aggrieved Christian looking for new excuses for victimhood.
Hasselbeck moved on to interview “outraged Dad, Robert Thompson.” Of course, other parents are fine with the decision. But don’t look for them any time on “fair and balanced” Fox.
“This is kind of shocking to hear, I’m sure for your family,” Hasselbeck said. Either she didn’t notice or didn’t care how ridiculous she looked in such a context.
“Do you have a hunch of who this one complaint could have come from?” Hasselbeck probed.
No, Thompson had “no idea.”
Maybe Fox can send Christmas stalker Jesse Watters up to investigate. Because nothing says “Christmas” like an ambush interview designed to humiliate and embarrass a school official for not being Christian enough.
Apparently, there’s a movement afoot to have fathers wear Santa hats in protest. Hasselbeck is all for it. “Hope that you can bring some cheer to those kids that day,” she told Thompson in closing.
Because surely their Christmas, if not their collective childhoods, will be ruined without Santa appearing at those events.
By the way, this is at least the second time Fox News covered this “outrage.”
Watch it below, from today’s Fox & Friends.
(H/T Richard W.)
Last sentence should read:
The rate of deaths due to firearms in the USA is something like five times higher than it is in countries where toting a gun is NOT perceived as a proxy indicator of virility.
While all the channels carefully tagged any attempt at speculation as such, BBC and especially CNN (aka Fox-lite) tended to hype up the fear while the other three channels – but particularly Al Jazeera – focused on the facts. Although the Premier of Australia seemed to want to make some political hay out of the situation (he wants to stiffen the laws against immigrants), Australians as a nation seemed to remain admirably calm and watchful as they waited for the facts to emerge. Although a few people took the excuse (again!) to insult or take a punch at Muslims, I’m enheartened by the fact that they are enormously outnumbered by the people to responded to that “Illridewithyou” tweet. So refreshing.
The hostage-taker was clearly pissed off at losing his latest case in court and religion was only an excuse to justify behaving like a jerk as he’d done practically all his life. If anything, the police should have kept a closer eye on him but I keep reminding myself that Australians really do try to keep their society a free and open one. They know that things can and do happen but their attitude is not to lash out left-right-and-centre, but rather to work towards reducing the chances of it happening again.
Funny, though, I perceive a lot of similarity between the mad-as-a-hatter hostage-taker and the likes of Cheney and Rumsfeld who have the unmitigated gall to claim that torture in the name of the USA is even remotely justifiable under the Constitution. That sorry excuse for a justification reveals an awareness that what they did was so wrong, so unAmerican, so inhuman, so unChristian (big “C”).
PS: Having just caught a snippet where a foxy host claimed that the situation would not have happened had Australians been allowed to carry concealed weapons, I’m glad I avoided FNC altogether. The rate of deaths due to firearms in the USA is something like five times in countries where toting a gun is NOT perceived as a proxy indicator of virility.
Think Hasselhack would blow a fuse and reveal herself to be a real Stepford Wife?
Don’t you get it Fox?!
Stop with the Santa crap. Kid’s just want the presents anyway.