Well, apparently he has.
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly (pictured above) defended fellow FNC host Megyn Kelly Monday night, saying that Santa Claus is indeed white, although he added that it really doesn't matter.
Kelly came under fire last week after saying that both Santa and Jesus were white men. She was responding to a Slate article by Aisha Harris, who wrote a vilely racist opinion piece entitled “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore.” (http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2013/12/santa_claus_an_old_white_man_not_anymore_meet_santa_the_penguin_a_new_christmas.html).
Hey! How come Aisha Harris hasn't been excoriated for her own disgusting bit of race baiting? Whites are not only a majority in America (72%) they also comprise over 70% of America’s poor and are the fastest growing group in poverty within the U.S. (poor, mostly rural whites have higher birth rates than any other poor group in America, prompting Charles Murray’s 1990's article, “The Coming White Underclass”). Soooo, any thought that Ms. Harris’ assertion is based on her view that there is “a rising black tide within America,” is patently and demonstrably false. As a matter of fact, African-Americans are actually a shrinking segment of America’s population, blacks at appx. 12% of the population have accounted for 36% of the abortions annually and since 1973 have shrunk from over 13% of the population to slightly over 12% today, with fully 1/3 of the blacks living in the USA today being either African or Caribbean immigrants or their descendants. That means, in real terms, since 1973, the native-born American black population within America has shrunk by more than a third! I am virtually certain that Aisha Harris is aware of those facts.
So, HOW can Aisha Harris have escaped the well-warranted outrage over her overtly racist and deliberately offensive remarks?
Whoops! I almost forgot...at this moment in time, even the most obvious and odious black bigots “can’t be called racists” in America.
Predictably, a tsunami of criticism erupted in the wake of Kelly’s remarks.
Critics said St. Nicholas, the model for Santa Claus, was from what is modern-day Turkey, and Jesus was a Middle-Eastern Jew. Both had dark skin, they said.
But O’Reilly noted, in rebuttal, that Turks today don’t consider themselves nonwhite. O’Reilly stated, “In this case, Ms. Kelly was correct. Santa was a white person. Does that matter? No, it doesn't matter. The spirit of Santa transcends all racial boundaries.” I couldn't help but notice that O’Reilly shied away from mentioning anything about the historical Jesus, who was indeed a Middle Eastern Jewish Rabbi and an anti-Roman activist. O’Reilly, who researched the historical Jesus for his book “Killing Jesus” (http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Jesus-Martin-Dugard-OReilly/dp/1447252667/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1387307746&sr=1-2&keywords=killing+jesus) has to know that the historical Jesus looked nothing like the Europeanized version used to convert the Pagans of Europe. Still, his comments about the modern-day Santa Claus, are true, in so far as they go (he wrongly focuses on the Turkish roots of St. Nicholas which is only peripherally related to the modern-day Santa Claus). Today’s Santa Claus is NOT as much based on the Turkish saint, but instead on the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas...and the Dutch are indeed very much and very proudly northern European white.
The history of the modern-day Santa Claus is easily referenced online on sites like Wikipedia;“Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle and simply “Santa“, is a mythical figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins who, in many Western cultures, is said to bring gifts to the homes of the good children on December 24, the night before Christmas. However, in some European countries children receive their presents on St. Nicholas’ Day, December 6. The modern figure of Santa Claus is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, which, in turn, has part of its basis in hagiographical tales concerning the historical figure of Christian bishop and gift-giver Saint Nicholas. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the Wild Hunt, a ghostly procession through the sky. Over time, traits of this character and the British folklore character Father Christmas merged to form the modern Santa Claus known today.
Santa Claus is generally depicted as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man — sometimes with spectacles — wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and black leather belt and boots and carries a bag full of gifts for children. Images of him rarely have a beard with no moustache. This image became popular in the United States and Canada in the 19th century due to the significant influence of Clement Clarke Moore’s 1823 poem “A Visit From St. Nicholas” and of caricaturist and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. This image has been maintained and reinforced through song, radio, television, children’s books and films.”
Both O’Reilly and Kelly correctly note that the real target of the criticism is Fox News itself.
That criticism has been, from the start, rooted in anti-working class bigotry, often anti-white bigotry and an antipathy toward free speech on the part of those who've leveled those criticisms.
With Conservatives and traditionalists outnumbering liberals by around 2 to 1 (at least according to Gallup: http://www.gallup.com/poll/152021/conservatives-remain-largest-ideological-group.aspx), America’s media SHOULD reflect that reality rather than look to alienate the single largest group of Americans.
Suffice to say, when even noted FNC critics like Media Matters founder David Brock openly admit that America’s media should be far more Conservative, it SHOULD be time for ALL Left-of-Center Americans of good will to throw in the towel on that one.