Even more lame is how she tosses out that the “question” of whether Jesus Christ was white is “not settled,” even though it pretty much has been since 2001.
The rest of this commentary is just more red meat for the Fox “News” audience - Fox and conservatives tell the “truth,” and those who object to what is said either have no sense of humor, or are persecuting the right (the emphases are mine):
In kicking off the light hearted segment, I offered a tongue in cheek message for any kids watching, saying that Santa, who I joked is a real person whose race is identifiable, is white, just as Harris claimed in her piece, but that we were debating if that should somehow change.
I realized that the piece by Harris, which went on to say that Santa should be a penguin, was also tongue in cheek. That’s, in part, why we covered the story in the first place. Humor is a part of what we try to bring to this show, but sometimes that is lost on the humorless.
This would be funny if it were not so telling about our society, in particular the knee jerk instinct by so many to race bait, and to assume the worst in people. Especially people employed by the very powerful Fox News Channel. Contrary to what my critics have posited, neither my statement nor Harris’, I’m sure, was motivated by any racial fear or loathing.
For me, the fact that an off hand jest during a segment about whether Santa should be replaced by a penguin has now become a national firestorm says two things: race is still an incredibly volatile issue in this country, and Fox News and your’s truly are big targets for many people.
This is the essence of Sarah Palin’s rap since she was foisted onto the national scene by John McCain five years ago, albeit in a coherent manner.
But as Andrew Sullivan points out, the original segment really wasn’t that light hearted:
The original segment was clearly not as light-hearted and humorous as Kelly now insists it was. She did not originally refer to the Slate piece as “tongue-in-cheek” and responded to its provocation by being offended, not amused. Since both tapes are out there, make your own mind up. But rather than cop to an obvious error - made off the cuff - she made the decision to hunker down and accuse others of persecuting Fox News because it isn’t liberal. So the classic and silly notion that white Republicans are somehow an oppressed class - and minorities should just stop whining - became her “correction.” But that’s not a correction. It’s a distraction.
A distraction that furthers the mission of Fox “News” since Day One: Tell the fearful, ignorant, and resentful what they want and need to hear.
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