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The start of the holiday season is Thanksgiving in most places, but in the alternate universe that is Fox News its starts with coverage of the War on Christmas, during which Field Marshal Bill O'Reilly (and, previously, Propaganda Minister John Gibson) orders the network's culture warriors to assault retailers for wishing customers a "happy holiday" instead of a "merry Christmas."  

So what will he make of his own boss's holiday greeting to employees this year?

The Huffington Post reprints Rupert Murdoch's holiday letter, which is standard end of the year corporate fare:  we've had a tough year, we've pulled together and worked hard, we've had some great successes and paved the way for the future, etc.  The penultimate sentence is practically boilerplate for these sorts of things: "I am very grateful for your efforts and very proud of your performance."  

But the key sentence is at the last one:

My sincere best wishes to you and your families for the holidays.

"What what what?" Kyle's mother would say.

"Holidays"? Not Christmas?  

Is Murdoch encouraging atheism? Is he  helping lead American down the slippery slope toward "legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, [and] gay marriage"?

I look forward to hearing O'Reilly come down hard on this purveyor of the "secular progressive agenda."

Originally posted to angry young man on Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 03:32 PM PST.


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  •  I heard that dwarf aussie is playing Robinhood. (1+ / 0-)
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    Wall Street Got Between Kimi Young and her Doctor.

    by JerichoJ8 on Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 03:36:16 PM PST

    •  If I'd have had coffee (0+ / 0-)

      in my mouth when I read this I'd have spewed it out all over the laptop. This reminds me of the Monty Python bit where the game show host asks the panel members "what changes they would make if they were Hitler", and one of the panel says "I think I'd pay some Dutchmen to set fire to Lord Snowdon." I know, out of context...but still funny.

      This is where I say something.

      by crose on Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 04:51:58 PM PST

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  •  He'll never live up to his father's image or (2+ / 0-)
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    crose, ontheleftcoast

    prowess. Look at his signature, the lowercase t.  The horizontal cross is indicitive of how jowels feels about himself.

    Comes up short and droopy.

    Wall Street Got Between Kimi Young and her Doctor.

    by JerichoJ8 on Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 03:38:16 PM PST

  •  Tsk, tsk (2+ / 0-)
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    crose, marabout40

    Don't you know it's only the war on Christmas when liberals do it. Murdoch is just trying to save money by not having to record multiple different greetings, he wishes you a Merry Christmas, Happy Channukah, or Joyous Kwaanza as appropriate but, come on, those separate greetings cost money!

    I vaguely remembered that weird stop motion animation show with the Burgermeister Meisterburger in it, Jack Frost or something, wasn't it?

    I stand by the truth, that way I don't have to be near any Republicans.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 03:38:53 PM PST

  •  OK (0+ / 0-)

    I have a nice compromise....when it is not a specific holiday Day, ie: Thanksgiving...where one would most likely greet another with, "Happy Thanksgiving". How about Happy Holidays.

    For instance, it is still, to everyone from me: "Happy Hanukkah!"

    And on Dec. 25, I'll wish you a "Merry Christmas!"


    •  Well, there are how many holidays (0+ / 0-)

      within the holiday season? Thanksgiving, St Lucy's, Hanukkah, Advent Sundays, St. Nicholas, Solstice, Christmas, Stephen, Epiphany, Twelfth Night...I'm not sure why anyone would think that a hearty "Happy Holidays" wished on any day of the two-month long season at the darkest part of the year would mean anything but the deepest and most heartfelt wish for exactly that; but if they do, they are not only stingy and evil in heart, they are clouding the meaning of the season to millions of people all over the world, no matter what they believe. To wish someone "Happy Holidays" is like saying "Namaste" or chanting "Om Mani Padme Hum". It is asking that everything that is bright and beautiful about our existence on this planet come into being for the person to whom the wish is directed, simple as that. When I wish someone the Best of the Season even though I believe in no deity I imagine a great feast of food and light surrounding the person to whom I am directing the wish, because this time of year is dark and frightening. What greater joy to wish someone that a return of the Sun and Spring?  

      This is where I say something.

      by crose on Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 05:14:13 PM PST

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  •  o'reilly thinks (1+ / 0-)
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    that retailers should wish people merry christmas... because christmas is what brings them so much money

  •  He hates Christmas (0+ / 0-)

    Because he is Jewish?

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