BOZELL: The Grinchy Washington Post
Liberals at the Washington Post didn’t seem to have a merry Christmas this year. They were seriously unhappy about the fact that anyone would utter the “lie” about President Trump making it safe to say “merry Christmas” after eight years of the Obamas sending out White House cards wishing “happy holidays.”
Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple unleashed an unhappy rant about “Fox & Friends” praising Trump in a Christmas-morning segment. He said: “The segment … sat at the crux of an obsession — and a lie — that both Fox News and President Trump hold dear: The idea that under President Barack Obama, Christmas was somehow under siege. And thus, that it somehow needed to be revived.”
To be sure, it’s not just Obama. It’s his acolytes on the left, and that includes Erik Wemple and the Washington Post.
Ask any man of the cloth whether there’s a war on Christmas. Ask The Salvation Army. Ask the Family Research Council. But if these sources are too controversial for him, Wemple ought to spend a few moments clicking through the Washington Post website.
The war begins with taking the baby Jesus out of the equation.
On Dec. 18, the Post published an editorial titled “Did Historical Jesus Really Exist? The Evidence Just Doesn’t Add Up.” The author, Raphael Lataster, is a lecturer in “religious studies” at the University of Sydney and the author of “There Was No Jesus, There Is No God.”
And, therefore, there is no Christmas. It is fantasy.
Lataster thinks Christians shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near an academic debate about whether Christ is real or a fictional character. “Believers, who uphold the implausible and more easily-dismissed ‘Christ of Faith’ (the divine Jesus who walked on water), ought not to get involved,” he writes.
Now, ask yourself this: Can you search through the last five years of the Washington Post and find a dismissive criticism of the “Historical Muhammad”? In 2012, Robert Spencer, a prominent Islamophobe, wrote the book “Did Muhammad Exist? An Inquiry Into Islam’s Obscure Origins.” Did the Post notice that tome? It wanted nothing to do with it. Peter Hannaford reviewed it for the Washington Times and argued: “He has engaged in concerted detective work of a scholarly nature. His book is no polemic. It is a serious quest for facts. The ones wrapped up in the Muslim canon are, alas, elusive.”
The Post wouldn’t be caught dead publishing an op-ed on Spencer’s theory at the end of Ramadan, just to bring some journalistic “balance” to the celebrations. But it insists that Christians should be mocked as gullible believers in myths at Christmastime.
On Christmas Day, Post blogger Eugene Scott reported the ongoing (media-encouraged) trend that observes Christmas as more of a crass commercial event than a religious celebration. Pew Research Center polls he cited found that only 46 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas “primarily” as a religious holiday, five points less than in 2013. Scott emphasized what the Post considers a hopeful harbinger: “millennials are even less likely than older adults to include a religious component in their Christmas celebration.”
Scott underlined the Post’s opposition position to Trump voters who think “America won’t truly be great again until Christianity regains its central position in this increasingly multifaith and secular society.” For “most Americans, what would make the nation great is acknowledging the diversity of its citizens’ values.”
That’s bunk. The Post doesn’t acknowledge any “diversity” of values. It pushes “diversity” to deconstruct religion. In 2016, it published a story promoting transgender students in divinity schools and how the Wake Forest University School of Divinity would, as the school’s language code suggests, “embody hospitality” with an effort to “seek balance when using pronouns to refer to God, for example, alternating between gendered pronouns.”
But it’s a “lie” that Obama-loving liberals offer a pushback to Christ and Christmas. Perish the thought.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.
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Founder and president of the Media Research Center, Mr. Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America. Established in 1987, the MRC has made “media bias” a household term, tracking it daily and printing the compiled evidence biweekly in its well-known Notable Quotables, as well as the daily CyberAlert intelligence report on the Internet. His most recent book, Whitewash: What the Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, but Conservatives Will, was released in November 2007. His previous book, Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media, was released in July 2004.
In 1998, Mr. Bozell launched CNSNews.com, an online news service with an emphasis on investigative journalism. CNSNews.com has become a major Internet news source with a full staff of journalists in its Washington, D.C. metro bureau, with other correspondents around the world. In October 2006, Mr. Bozell founded the Culture and Media Institute (CMI), whose mission is to thwart the efforts of the liberal media to subvert America’s culture, character, traditional moral values and religious liberty. CMI complements the MRC’s Business and Media Institute (BMI), founded in 1992 to bring balance to economic reporting and to promote fair portrayal of the business community in the media.
Mr. Bozell has also launched a number of other websites under the MRC umbrella including www.mediaresearch.org, www.timeswatch.org, www.mrcaction.org and www.Newsbusters.org, a “blog” site that became one of the top 15 blog sites in America within two months of its launch in 2005.
Founder and former president of the Parents Television Council, Mr. Bozell established the largest Hollywood-based organization dedicated to restoring responsibility to the entertainment industry. The PTC at http://www.parentstv.org features the “Family Guide to Prime Time Television,” which aids parents in making informed viewing decisions for their children. PTC conducted the largest national newspaper ad campaign in history with late Honorary Chairman Steve Allen, and has mobilized almost one million parents and other concerned members behind its efforts.
Mr. Bozell is a nationally syndicated columnist whose work appears in publications such as Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Investors Business Daily and National Review. He is regularly invited to provide media expertise on news programs by all the major networks and cable affiliates. He is frequently invited to appear on Fox News Channel shows such as Fox & Friends, Hannity & Colmes and The O’Reilly Factor, and other appearances include NBC's Today show, CNN's Inside Politics and Larry King Live, ABC's Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CBN and Entertainment Tonight. He has appeared as a guest and guest host on hundreds of radio shows, from local talk shows to ABC Radio, NPR’s Morning Edition, the Michael Reagan Show and the Rush Limbaugh Show.
Named the 1998 Pew Memorial Lecturer by Grove City College, Mr. Bozell is a frequent speaking guest on school campuses and for civic and political organizations around the country.
Mr. Bozell received his B.A. in History from the University of Dallas, where he was named the 1998 Alumnus of the Year. He is married, with five children and two grandchildren.
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