FOX News “saves” Christmas in Fort Worth, Texas by lying…O’ Reilly-style: Doctoring video tapes to omit and distort facts
by Larry Simons
December 8, 2011
Thank God for Bill O’ Reilly. Seriously, what would we do without him every single year at Christmas time? If not for him, America would be completely unaware that every year at Christmas, there is about a dozen people in the entire country [yes, about 12 people out of 300 million] trying to ban the word “Christmas” from the English lexicon and the nation's department stores. We must stop these bastards! Oh, wait, we don’t have to. Billo is fighting this injustice for us. Thank you…thank you Bill O’ Reilly for saving Christmas for the 15th year in a row [really the 8th].
Last week, Billo used his Pinheads and Patriots segment [calling it Pinheads in Toyland] to point out, yet again, that two people in America [that Billo calls “secular progressives”, despite the fact that no one knows what the fuck this even means] hate the word “Christmas” and are making attempts to “diminish the national holiday”.
I have documented in the past how insane Billo is by proving these attempts, although in some cases real, are rare at best. In last week’s segment Billo lies by saying, “You may remember a few years ago some companies actually ordered their employees not to say [Merry Christmas]”. In 2006, Billo claimed the spokeswoman for Crate and Barrel said their employees were ordered to not say Merry Christmas. It’s a lie. I wrote this in 2006:
“I guess little facts don’t matter to Billo, like the fact that the spokeswoman was asked if employees there were required to say Merry Christmas to customers. She said no, they weren‘t required. They could if they wanted to. Crate and Barrel didn‘t think it was any of their business to tell their employees what they could or couldn‘t say. Again, more SPIN from the NO FACT zone. From the above statements, it’s clear that Miss Kahn’s meaning behind, "we’re not going to say Merry Christmas" was a general comment suggesting that employees of Crate & Barrel would not seek to offend their wide variety of clientele by exclusively saying "Merry Christmas". It was a business decision and is something that is clearly understood by ANYONE, except for Bill O’Reilly and his Neo-con wanna-be followers. Also unimportant to O’ LIEly, the FACT that Crate & Barrel’s own website has the word "Christmas" all over the place. Under the "SHOP" icon, there is a link titled "Christmas". There is a Christmas browse section. On that page you can search for Christmas Entertaining or Christmas Decorating! How dare those secular progressives try to disguise their "REAL" agenda under the term "CHRISTMAS"!”
I wrote this in 2008:
“First of all, there was never any evidence that companies ordered their employees not to say ‘Merry Christmas’. In fact, one of the stores in the big national ‘conspiracy’ was Crate & Barrel. C & B spokeswoman Betty Kahn said none of the employees and C & B were told not to say it. They had the liberty to say it or not to. I personally spoke with Betty Kahn on the phone in November of 2006 and she told me this. She told me that neither FOX News nor Billo’s minions had even contacted her store.”
Billo then shifts to talking about a Fort Worth, Texas school district spokesman named Clint Bond, who stated last week that the school district in Fort Worth has to be concerned for the people who don’t see Santa Claus as the icon for the Christmas season. Billo showed a clip of Bond saying these exact words:
“We have students and parents who don’t see Santa Claus as the icon for this time of year, so we have to be concerned about what their feelings are.”
Billo then says, “As soon as we began calling down to Fort Worth, the tone changed. Here’s Mr. Bond today”.
Billo then shows a clip of Clint Bond saying this:
“The district cannot endorse, or promote or foster any particular religious belief or doctrine. So, what we’re saying on our, in our policy about seasonal celebrations is basically use common sense, You know, any of the current icons that are out there like Santa Claus or Christmas trees or snow flakes or any of those other icons we all use are fine for the classroom.”
What Billo fails to mention [because it would shatter the illusion he wants to convey to his audience of zombies: that a call from FOX NEWS made the Fort Worth school district completely change their policy!] is that during the second clip in which I quoted above, where Bond says, “any of the current icons that are out there like Santa Claus or Christmas trees or snow flakes or any of those other icons we all use are fine for the classroom”, Bond is talking about PICTURES of Santa, Christmas trees, snowflakes in the classroom. But, in the first clip Bond is talking about Santa [a physical human Santa] actually appearing in the classroom.
How do I know this? Because in this article Superintendent Walter Dansby says this:
“Santa Claus is welcome to visit our schools. He can be in the lobby. He can be in the cafeteria. He can be in the auditorium. He can be in the school, outside the school, around the school. But he cannot visit the classroom while the teacher is teaching.”
It's painfully obvious what Billo did here. He purposely played a video clip of Bond making a negative comment about Santa Claus [“We have students and parents who don’t see Santa Claus as the icon for this time of year, so we have to be concerned about what their feelings are.”] when Billo had to know that Bond was simply making a generalized comment about how some children and parents feel about Santa in order to convey to people why the Fort Worth school board made the decision to now allow a physical human Santa [as opposed to pictures of Santa] into the classroom during class time.
So, Billo plays the first clip of Bond saying, “We have students and parents who don’t see Santa Claus as the icon for this time of year, so we have to be concerned about what their feelings are”, then plays the second clip of Bond saying, “any of the current icons that are out there like Santa Claus or Christmas trees or snow flakes or any of those other icons we all use are fine for the classroom” so he can say FOX News made the difference with a phone call!
In the very same story, here, in which Bond utters the quote [above that says “We have students and parents who don’t see Santa Claus as the icon for this time of year, so we have to be concerned about what their feelings are”] that Billo showed in the first clip, Bond also says this:
“We’re not against Santa Claus. We invite Santa Claus into all of our schools provided the principal can work that out before school starts, after school. The message that has unfortunately gotten out there, that we are against Santa Claus or holiday parties, is not really accurate," Bond said. "The reality is Fort Worth ISD is not against Santa Claus. We’re not against the Easter Bunny, we’re not against the Great Pumpkin or any holiday icon. In fact, I’m wearing a Santa Claus tie at the moment.”
Billo omits this. Hmmmmm. We all know why. It’s because if Billo uses this quote in the very first clip he played of Bond, then obviously Billo could not attempt to deceive the goons that watch him every night that FOX NEWS was responsible for the Fort Worth school district “changing” their policy!!
Of course, FOX News did no such thing. Bond and the Fort Worth school district never had anything against Santa Claus, as I proved [above]. Their policy is that Santa, a real life human being dressed like Santa, is not allowed in the classroom WHILE CLASS IS IN SESSION. Photos of Santa are allowed, and an actual human Santa is allowed in any other part of the school at ANY time.
But Billo OMITS this, doesn’t he?? Of course he does! How else could the Grinch police [FOX News] claim they are saving Christmas if not to lie by omissions and distortions of the facts??
Watch Billo lie by omitting and distorting [if you must]