Good golly, Miss Molly, what a brouhaha FOX News host Megyn Kelly stirred up by saying something that the vast majority of us would regard as incredibly obvious: Santa Claus is white.
It all started when Kelly made a reference on “The Kelly File,” her nighttime TV show, to culture blogger Aisha Harris’ commentary “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore,” posted on Slate.com.
Kelly told her TV audience, “When I saw this headline I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa.’” Then she added, “And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white.”
That was all it took to send some of the knee-jerk race baiters into paroxysms of rage. But, of course, all they really succeeded in doing was making themselves look incredibly foolish.
Kelly said her comments on her program were meant to be tongue-in-cheek: “Humor is part of what we try to bring to the show. Sometimes that’s lost on the humorless.”
And no one is more humorless than a liberal on a righteous rampage. There is no other issue in America that gives liberals more opportunities to climb up on their soapboxes and spout off than accusations of racism.
So, of course, an almost perfect issue was dumped into their laps when a high school teacher in New Mexico made the horrendous mistake of telling a black student that he shouldn’t dress up as Santa Claus, because, of course, Santa Claus is white.
The student was embarrassed. His parents were incensed. The teacher and the school district did their best to apologize. In fact, Kim Vesely, Director of Parent, Community, and Staff Engagement for Rio Rancho Public Schools, said in a statement:
This situation involves a teacher recently hired by Cleveland High who made — and admits he made — a stupid mistake. The remark was inappropriate and should not have been made. The teacher feels very badly about what occurred. He self-reported the incident to the principal and has apologized to the student and to the student’s parent. Appropriate disciplinary action has been taken.
And one thoughtless remark made headlines from coast to coast. Don’t you miss the good old days, before the mainstream media fastened on every possible point of controversy — especially any that could make conservatives look bad?
So, of course, the controversy had to continue on Kelly’s show. Two days after her original remarks, Kelly devoted a major segment of “The Kelly File” to the episode. She played several clips from coverage on other networks and a round-up of the late-night comedians, who couldn’t resist poking fun at all the fuss.
Kelly said the overreaction “would be funny if it were not so telling on our society.” She said that the saddest part of the controversy was “the knee-jerk reaction to race bait.”
Bill O’Reilly, the most popular personality on FOX, said the real target of the attacks on Kelly was FOX News itself:
Now why the bother? Two reasons: one because any talk of skin color brings out the zealots and two because any controversy attached to the Fox News Channel will be seized upon by the media.
[I]n this case Miss Kelly is correct. Santa was a white person. Does that matter? No it doesn’t matter. The spirit of Santa transcends all racial boundaries, it’s a spirit based on generosity, kindness to children and magical moments. But for those who despise the Fox News Channel there is nothing magical about anything we do here.
Again a little history. When we first started up more than 17 years ago the mainstream media was dismissive believing CNN and MSNBC would crush us. They were wrong. When that became apparent the liberal media attacked and continues to do so today. Because they can’t defeat us on the media battlefield the far left seems to — seeks to demonize Fox News as a right wing propaganda machine and a racist enterprise. That’s why Miss Megyn got headlines about a Santa Claus remark that was totally harmless. So there you have it. And that’s “The Memo.”
Two weeks ago, media billionaire Oprah Winfrey beat the drum once again for a favorite liberal refrain: Much of the opposition to Barack Obama is because he is black, not because of his policies.
This is nothing but racism, pure and simple. But did anyone in the mass media call Winfrey on it? Of course not.
Hey, Oprah, have you ever considered the possibility that maybe, just maybe, a whole bunch of Americans are sick of a government that is spending us into bankruptcy? That we are appalled that the United States is already more than $17 trillion in debt but keeps spending like crazy anyway? That the White House uses the National Security Agency to spy on us and the Internal Revenue Service to intimidate us?
No, my opposition to Barack Obama has nothing to do with the color of his skin. It has everything to do with his policies. And I can assure you that a whole bunch of Americans feel the same way.
Recently, “Saturday Night Live” came under fire for not being “diverse” enough. It seems that of six new players added to the cast this fall, not a single one is “a person of color” (although one is a quarter Hispanic) — no blacks, no Asians, just five white men and one white woman. Shame on SNL!
When confronted about this, SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said he is committed to hiring a black female. He is, in fact, conducting auditions now and hopes to be able to have a black female join the cast next month. Way to go, Lorne.
Craig Robinson, who was identified as the Chief Diversity Officer for NBC Universal (yes, the company does have such a position), declined to comment for a story in USA Today about SNL’s lack of diversity.
And on and on it goes. Do you think we’ll live long enough to see the left get tired of playing the race card against us? Not so long as they think it can help them win the culture war against us.
As for me, I’m going to ignore their absurd assaults for the next few days. Instead, I’m going to enjoy a very special time with friends and family, as we share our favorite Christmas traditions. I even plan to watch “White Christmas” again.
Please accept my best wishes for a blessed holiday season. Then, let’s return to the battle for our faith and our freedoms with even more energy and enthusiasm.
Merry Christmas. And until next time, keep some powder dry.