The war on the war on Christmas is starting early this year over at Fox News, where hosts across the network’s programs spent Thanksgiving week decrying the secularization of the holiday season.
“The first salvo in the war on Christmas this year has been shot,” Fox legal analyst Peter Johnson warned.
Johnson was decrying, as other hosts after him repeatedly would, the decision by Santa Monica, California to discontinue its 60-year tradition of displaying a nativity scene for Christmas. Much like how the holiday shopping season seems to begin earlier and earlier every year, Fox’s hosts claimed that atheists and “left wing loons,” were already launching their assault on the Christian tradition at the expense of everyone else’s fun.
“Are these atheists ruining Christmas for the kids?,” Bill O’Reilly asked a guest on his show.
Yet that’s not the only thing to fear this winter. Fox also featured segments on the dangers of germs in airplanes, the difficulty of renting a car to see loved ones, and the certainty that some people will go deep into debt buying presents—or be unable to buy gifts for their families the first place due to the down economy.
Talking Points Memo’s video editor Michael Lester compiled a roundup of some highlights from Fox’s programming this week alone in a great video, which you can watch below: