With each passing moment, my opinion of Fox News deteriorates just a little bit more. Unfortunately, I just can’t not watch it, sort of like a car accident on the side of the road – a major car accident.
And, indeed, the Fox News wreckage continued this week when Megyn Kelly placed her foot, five-inch heel included, squarely into her mouth when discussing a Slate article entitled “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore”.
On her show, “The Kelly File,” which sounds like a program that should have been on Nickelodeon in the ’90s, she responded by saying this:
“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.’ And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”
Obviously, there is a part of this that’s built into any Fox News job description: rebut any argument that suggests the obvious fact that the United States is becoming less white.
Still, I don’t believe this comment makes Megyn Kelly a racist. What I do believe, however, is that this underscores the fact that Megyn Kelly is a fool.
First of all, Ms. Kelly, Santa doesn’t exist, sort of like actual news reporting on your network. He may be based on St. Nicholas, but his appearance really depends on personal interpretation. What’s magical about Santa Claus, at least from the perspective of children who spend their childhoods believing in him, is the fact that he is what they want him to be. He is a blank canvas that all children can paint their hopes and dreams onto.
Corny? Sure, but it’s still the truth. And it becomes especially true since we live in an America that is increasingly diverse and decreasingly pale.
Oh, but Megyn Kelly didn’t stop there. Just to make her blindfolded version of history a little more evident to the viewers, Kelly went on to assure all of us that Jesus was white, too.
Now this is where she lost any viewer with a functioning brain. While Santa’s exact description may depend on one’s own interpretation of him, Jesus’s race or skin color, although widely debated, has a bit more certainty to it.
Most experts and historians haven’t settled on his exact ethnicity, but as BBC News points out, “It can almost certainly be said that Jesus would not have been white.” And, when you really think about it, why would Jesus be white, given his origins?
I guess this could all be chalked up to another case of Fox News being Fox News. After all, it’s widely known that the conservative propaganda network doesn’t have the most effective fact-checkers.
But isn’t it ironic that the only real Christmas controversy on cable news is coming from Fox, the network that keeps accusing others of waging a war on the Christian holiday?
If there really is a “War on Christmas,” as Fox News Channel so passionately declares, it’s not being waged by MSNBC or Democrats or the store clerk who says, “Happy Holidays.” It’s being waged by Fox News – and Megyn Kelly just fired the first shot.