The host of Fox & Friends on Thursday decided to find out once and for all if the "War on Christmas" was real by asking a mythical figure who listens to the fantasies of children.
"I like to think that I'm a Santa for boys and girls of all ages," Santa Claus impersonator Sal Lizard told Fox News host Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson.
"What do you make of the political correctness part of our culture?" Carlson wondered. "Have you seen it change over time?"
"There was a time a few years back when suddenly I started showing up at Christmas parties and was told that they were having holiday parties, so therefore, they didn't need a Santa anymore," Lizard explained. "And that was the time that the Surgeon General said that Santa should lay off the cookies and start picking up more carrots and broccoli. And I heard that Santas in Australia had to say 'Ha, ha, ha!' so as not to offend certain gals. And that Santas in England weren't weren't allowed to have children on their laps anymore, so as not to create an image of impropriety."
A Media Matters analysis recently determined that culture warrior Bill O'Reilly, who is leading the charge on the "War on Christmas" for Fox News, had spent three times more airtime on the manufactured war as on actual wars for the second straight year. Between Dec. 1 and Dec. 18, O'Reilly spent over 55 minutes talking about the "War on Christmas," while spending only 15 minutes covering Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Gaza combined.
Watch this video from Fox News' Fox & Friends via Think Progress, broadcast Dec. 20, 2012.