Right-wing media expressed outrage over the Obama campaign's use of flag imagery in a campaign poster. But this is not unique to the Obama campaign: a modified American flag was used as a banner for Abraham Lincoln's 1860 presidential campaign.
Right-wing media are acting as de facto political advisers for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, offering the candidate an array of advice that includes replacing his staffers, finding "his inner pit bull," and talking more about his faith.
Right-wing media have seized on the performance of a Chinese song by pianist Lang Lang at a recent state dinner as an "anti-American" slight against the U.S. In reality, Lang said he picked the song "for no other reason but for the beauty of its melody," and one expert on Chinese culture called it "nutty" to suggest that Lang's performance was somehow "anti-American."
I know, I said I try to ignore this "war on Christmas" nonsense, but National Review's Jay Nordlinger apparently took my prediction that Armstrong Williams had written the dumbest passage of the week as a challenge.
Some have said, "You just can't find cards that say 'Merry Christmas.' It gets harder and harder." I know. Kind of like trying to find products not made in China (for who's to say whether they come from laogai, the gulag?). I gave up on the China front long ago. Shameful, I know. But have you ever tried to buy an umbrella not made in China? Also, globalization has done wonders for the average Chinese, gulag or no gulag. Kind of a thorny, upsetting issue.
I gave up on the "Merry Christmas" front too, where cards are concerned. I just get a pretty card that says "Seasons Greetings" or "Whass Happenin' on the Holidays?" or whatever. Life's too short to hunt down "Merry Christmas."
Now: What is the most famous greeting card maker in the world? Hallmark, right? So upon reading of Nordlinger's struggles hunting down a card reading "Merry Christmas," I typed www.hallmark.com into my browser, and within seven seconds was looking at dozens and dozens of Christmas cards.
I do not believe Jay Nordlinger is actually too dumb to be able to find greeting cards reading "Merry Christmas." I think it's far more likely that Jay Nordlinger is the kind of person who would lie about how hard it is to find such a card in hopes of stoking culture-war resentment.
Isn't it great that we have people like Jay Nordlinger to remind us what Christmas is all about -- by telling lies and encouraging anger and resentment and strife? I'd like to send Nordlinger a card in recognition of his efforts, but it really is hard to find one reading "Stop lying."