On his radio show, Bill O'Reilly claimed that retailers Best Buy and Crate & Barrel are "still ordering their people not to say, 'Merry Christmas,' " and that the stores "will fire" employees who do. According to each store's spokesperson, neither retail chain has such a policy.
Bill O'Reilly revived the "war" on Christmas and declared that "[m]aybe the imams who got thrown off the plane [would] shop" at the home furnishings retailer Crate & Barrel because it has a policy of saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." O'Reilly also declared that Christmas is "a secular holiday" that "honors the birth of Jesus. ... And the reason it does is because Jesus was a philosopher," but "you can have a religious connotation to the holiday if you choose to."
Bill O'Reilly once again resurrected his misleading claim that a Wisconsin elementary school "sang a whole different lyric to 'Silent Night,' " erroneously attributing the school's changed lyrics to political correctness. In fact, the new lyrics were merely part of a 1988 Christmas play called The Little Tree's Christmas Gift.
On The O'Reilly Factor, National Public Radio (NPR) senior correspondent and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams commented on late-night talk show host David Letterman's treatment of guest Bill O'Reilly during O'Reilly's appearance on Letterman's program. "It's like someone inviting you into their house and you find out you've been invited in by, you know, John Wayne Gacy, the clown killer," he said.
On CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, Bill O'Reilly resurrected his false claim that a Wisconsin elementary school banned the singing of the Christmas hymn "Silent Night," erroneously attributing the school's changed lyrics to political correctness. In fact, the new lyrics were merely part of a 1988 Christmas play called The Little Tree's Christmas Gift. Later in the interview, Letterman admonished O'Reilly, asserting, "I have the feeling about 60 percent of what you say is crap."
CNN's Reliable Sources highlighted remarks by MSNBC Countdown host Keith Olbermann, who defended his characterization of Fox News host John Gibson as the "Worst Person in the World." Olbermann gave the "award" to Gibson for his comment, first noted by Media Matters, that non-Christians were "following the wrong religion."
Responding to an unflattering commentary in The New Yorker about Fox News' crusade against the so-called "war" on Christmas, Bill O'Reilly announced that he would add the magazine to his list of "media operations have regularly helped distribute defamation and false information supplied by far left websites."
On The Radio Factor, Bill O'Reilly continued to warn of "a concentrated effort by the secular progressive movement to diminish any kind of spirituality in the public marketplace." O'Reilly was referring to the so-called "war" on Christmas, which he feels is part of a broader agenda to enact "secular progressive programs like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, gay marriage."
Bill O'Reilly retracted his claim, reported at the time by Media Matters for America, that the Plano Independent School District (Texas) banned red and green clothing.
On The Radio Factor, host Bill O'Reilly called the San Francisco Chronicle's use of the term "field marshal" a "Nazi reference; the Chronicle labeled O'Reilly "a field marshal for the conservative counter-campaign against the 'war on Christmas.' " However, the term "field marshal" is also the highest rank in the military forces of Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and bears relation to the French rank of "Marischal du Camp."
On The O'Reilly Factor, host Bill O'Reilly apparently reversed his previous position that the phrase "Happy Holidays" is offensive, stating, " 'Happy Holidays' is fine, just don't ban 'Merry Christmas.' " O'Reilly has previously claimed the term "Happy Holidays" is offensive to "millions of Christians" and 'insulting to Christian America."
Bill O'Reilly responded to a December 18 column by The New York Times' Nicholas Kristof criticizing O'Reilly's focus on the "War on Christmas," accusing Kristof of "printing material from a left-wing smear site" for citing a Media Matters item documenting a previous O'Reilly statement.