Even on Christmas, in the middle of celebrating Jesus and Christianity, Fox News made time for swatting at those with a different perspective. In a segment about a “singing Christmas tree” at a church in Memphis, Fox host Ainsley Earhardt introduced what was supposed to be a feel good piece with a sneering, “While some people are busy trying to erase Christmas from our culture, one church in the south is keeping Christmas alive.” Well, maybe that's what makes Fox News Christians feel good.
Despite the swipe, the piece was really a PR hype about the church’s Christmas production. Fox’s Christian crusader, Todd Starnes narrated the report. He noted that this is “not your old school church production” and that the only “major difference” between this and a “major Broadway show” is the religion. We saw b-roll footage of (presumably) parishioners praying and he concluded the segment with blatant evangelizing from the church’s pastor: “It really is about telling people the good news of Jesus Christ and that they would be different… if they remember the name of Jesus Christ and accept him into their life and let him change their life, families will be different, lives will be different. And that’s our real hope.”
Apparently, that’s the hope of Fox News, too.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or whatever, everybody!