Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox News’ Coverage of the ‘War on Christmas’

Last night, Stephen Colbert mocked Fox News’ coverage of the “War on Christmas” (apparently, a Festivus pole is ruining it) and even threw in a little support for a claim made by Dave Silverman that “Christianity stole the season from the solstice”:



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  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Why does Gretchen Carlson drive around with her kids, looking for nativity scenes?

  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

    I was wondering the same thing when I saw the clip. More importantly, why is she driving around city halls or state capitols and not local churches?

  • Guest

    When I heard her say that, I had the same WTF moment, too.

  • cary_w

    Why doesn’t she just put up a nativity scene in her own yard?

    I think what she was implying by that bizarre statement is that she wants her kids to see examples of (her version of) godliness and righteousness as they are driving around town. But wouldn’t the very best example for them be in their own home? I’ll never understand why these people don’t just take matters into their own hands and lead by example, instead of expecting everyone else to do it for them.

  • Rain

    I think she just kinda made that up lol.

  • Octoberfurst

    I found her comment amusing in that if you drive through pretty much ANY neighborhood you will see abundant Nativity scenes in people’s yards as well as Nativity scenes in front of churches. So does she just drive around State capitals looking for Nativity scenes? Because those are the only places where you will see numerous other religions celebrated along with a Nativity scene. So why the griping? Methinks there is much ado about nothing.

  • WallofSleep

    She’s a method actor. In order for her to “act” angry, she has to find something that actually makes her angry, rather than plucking bullshit out of thin air like the rest of her comrades.

  • $84687101

    My hypothesis: She doesn’t, she’s lying.

  • Neko

    “I am so outraged by this!” Hilarious. Colbert is the funniest Christian ever.

  • $84687101

    “Why should I have to drive around with my kids and look for nativity scenes…”

    You shouldn’t have to, Gretchen. Fortunately, this is America so no one can force you to drive around with your kids and look for nativity scenes. It’s entirely voluntary.

  • martinrc

    Better question, why do I have to sit there and see a baby Jesus when I am driving my kids around to look at government capitol buildings!

  • Jeff Akston

    Screw Comedy Central and their auto-loading videos.

  • MineApostasy

    Screw Comedy Central and the unavailability of their videos in the UK. :/

  • Richard Thomas
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  • Lando

    I don’t know, my family had the same damn tradition tradition growing up. It was a ‘game’, no supper until we found a number of nativitiy scenes, and the number grew every year…

  • Neko

    Jesus was a white man, too. He was a historical figure. That’s a verifiable fact — as is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that. My point is, how do you just revise it in the middle of the legacy of the story and change Santa from white to black?

    Can’t wait for Bart Ehrman’s next book, Did Santa Exist?

  • MineApostasy

    Hey thanks! I’ll give it a shot when I’m not on a University network.

  • Richard Thomas

    SANTA CLAUS: Legacy

    Coming Summer 2014

  • http://aliceg95.blogspot.com/ Alice

    I’ve seen several at the many local churches just minutes from my home. You can’t miss ‘em.

  • Richard Thomas

    I think she’s looking to the wrong holiday, anyway. It definitely sounds like she could benefit from an Airing of Grievances.

  • $84687101

    “To all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white…”

    I sincerely hope no kids are watching that.
    And if your Santa and Jesus aren’t swarthy, they’re just as historically inaccurate as they would be if they were black.

  • Raising_Rlyeh

    For anyone that didn’t know: apparently Jesus was a white dude. At least according to fox news host Megyn Kelly. So not only did christians not steal christmas from the pagans, but jesus is also a white skinned, blonde haired aryan.

  • Richard Thomas

    Well, Santa lives at the north pole, so I’m sure he’s pretty pasty.

  • $84687101

    I don’t think Greeks get pasty.

  • Richard Thomas

    They do if they want to be able to hide from polar bears.

  • busterggi

    She’s on Faux, they air imaginary grievances year round.

  • baal

    I always wonder about folks who should have real things to complain about but rather complain about made things. It’s like they are so busy pushing an agenda that they aren’t doing the work of actually seeing if they have won or lost (or things changed or not).

  • Oranje

    That depends on whether or not he has the elves mining Vitamin D for him or not.

  • http://avengah.wordpress.com Matt Davis

    Anyone got a link that works in the UK? Maybe a Youtube video or something? Thanks.

    EDIT: If anyone saw that link I posted, it didn’t work, sorry.

  • Pitabred

    Lead by example? Hah. That means they’d have to start being honest, and that’s anathema

  • Little_Magpie

    and Canada. just curious, what does the disclaimer say for you? Ours says either “Sorry, this video is unavailable from your location, probably due to your overly polite attitudes” or the other one which is something about “if you can’t give up your free healthcare you can watch at..” etc.

    ETA: Possibly one of the above for Colbert and the other for the Daily Show, I actually haven’t paid close attention…

  • L.Long

    Just as odd? Why does this fanatic not have her own??? I’m an atheist and I have 2!!!!

  • Georgia

    In Australia it says “Sorry, this video is unavailable from your location. Its one of the detriments of living under a monarchy. But in case you can’t give up your vegemite and move to America you can watch it at blah blah blah.

  • Little_Magpie

    ugh, I’d rather have the stereotypes about politeness and healthcare than be characterized by eating Vegemite! (I say this not as a dis on Vegemite, just that it seems rather superficial and silly as a characterization.)

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Maybe I should build one for her, out of beer cans.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Are you sure they’re all Jesus? Some of them might be baby Brian Cohen.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    I agree. I think she wanted a reason to complain about that particular display, so she invented a scenario to put her and her impressionable family there.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Why would you have two? Is one for Brian Cohen?

  • MineApostasy

    In the UK it’s: “Sorry, this video is unavailable from your location. It’s one of the detriments of living under a monarchy, but in case you can’t give up your silly accents and move to America watch clips from the Colbert Report at…” blah blah.

    It’s just kind of insulting because I /have/ looked at the co.uk website, but it’s the interviews. It’s not even really clips: it’s interviews. Ughhh.

  • Foridin

    “A not so subtle protest.” Is this supposed to be an insult? Last I checked the point of a protest is to publicly air your grievances, not to subtly point them out so that people who are already aware of the issue can notice it.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Seriously? That’s a thing? I remember driving around with family to see decorations, lights, etc. The kid me loved that shit. But a baby in a barn couldn’t have been more boring.

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Maybe… bad improv?

  • Alierias

    We love the lights — the gaudier the better. There’s a guy in Annapolis who has his own radio transmitter and the light show dances to the music. It is really something…

  • Lando

    Try 50 babies in barns

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    Years ago, before I became a grinch, I actually went to Tanglewood Park (North Carolina) to see their Festival of Lights.

    If you’re interested: youtu.be /RHgSb_-qu14

  • http://www.last.fm/user/m6wg4bxw/ m6wg4bxw

    The stuff nightmares are made of.

  • Little_Magpie

    so, not even the rants, just the interviews? that sucks.

    interesting that the UK and Australian ones mention the monarchy, but not Canada’s. hm.

  • Drew2u

    Don’t forget the 3 bud Weisers!

  • http://conticreative.com/ Mario Strada

    He never heard of MIDI I suppose

  • http://conticreative.com/ Mario Strada

    Guys, get a Proxi in the US. That’s what I do so I can watch iPlayer.

  • http://conticreative.com/ Mario Strada

    Proxi server. That’s the answer.


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