On Hannity's radio show, Bill O'Reilly cites his service in the War on Christmas as a blueprint to fight Media Matters posting direct quotes from conservatives
O'Reilly: Businesses choosing not to advertise on Fox News are “undermining our democracy”
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From the May 15 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show:
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SEAN HANNITY (HOST): They want to destroy every conservative voice, Bill. Every second, every minute, every hour, every day, any conservative voice is on the air, it's being taped -- in the hopes that one word, phrase, sentence, could be taken out of context and used to destroy and bludgeon and run out of town and run out of business.
BILL O'REILLY: You know, they did that to me, and I've thought about it a lot for the past couple of years, and I know that happens and so do your listeners, that Media Matters and these people are taping everything, hoping to find something they can bring to the corporations.
But it's the corporations' fault, you know? If American corporations are gonna say, "Oh, we're going to give in to this blackmail and extortion. Oh, we're not gonna advertise on certain shows because we're threatened with boycotts," or whatever it may be, then you're undermining our democracy. You, the corporate entities, are doing that.
And I would like to see a watchdog group rise up and start naming those corporations, as I did in the Merry Christmas controversy about 12 years ago.
HANNITY: We're allowed to say "Merry Christmas" again?
O'REILLY: Everybody can say it now, because I -- I'll take credit for this, went on the air and said --
HANNITY: The war on Christmas --
O'REILLY: -- here are the corporations and companies that are forbidding their employees to say "Merry Christmas."
HANNITY: But, you know --
O'REILLY: I put it out there, and guess what happened?
HANNITY: It worked.
O'REILLY: You know, in five days, everybody -- they couldn't say "Merry Christmas" loud enough.