Bill O’Reilly took some airtime to weigh in on the whole controversy around another Fox News Host, Megyn Kelly, declaring to the world that Santa is white (and so was Jesus). Since making those comments, Kelly has been made fun of by just about everyone at least one tick to the left of center.
So, what does O’Reilly say on the matter: “Ms. Kelly is correct: Santa was a white person. Does it matter? No.”
O’Reilly goes on to state that people will take any excuse to hate on Fox News, even to the point of distorting the historical record of Santa Claus.
Has the Orwellian doublethink required to be a Fox News host and fan finally spread to believing in Santa? It sort of sounds that way, but let’s give O’Reilly the benefit of the doubt. He says Santa was white, so he seems to be referring to the actual person who the myth of Santa Claus is based on: Saint Nicholas.
As the Daily Show pointed out, Saint Nicholas was from Greece, but he actually lived in what is Turkey today. That means it is likely that Saint Nicholas had a lightish brown pigmentation.
But, guys, since when does anyone care how closely Santa Claus adheres to the known historical facts around Saint Nicholas? We already accept that Santa, unlike St. Nick or any actual human, lives in the North Pole, employs elves and travels via inexplicably flying reindeer. Why the sudden dispute on the shade of his skin tone?
Bill O’Reilly claims that Fox News haters are gonna hate, even if it’s something loved and revered like Santa, but really he has his causation backwards. Fox News, with its allergy to fact-checking and constant attempt to skew things in favor of Republicans, is a constant target of legitimate attacks from the left. The left will ease back on Fox News when Fox News stops being the propaganda wing of the Republican Party.
Now, your typical Fox News audience member, that's someone we can say, without controversy, is white.