I try to stay focussed and ignore these side issues, like whatever Bill O'Reilly is talking about this week. But here is a good observation from Consortiumnews.com:
You have to hand it to political operatives who can turn the Christmas celebration of Jesus’s birth into a nasty wedge issue, transforming a traditional message of love, peace and tolerance into one of anger, conflict and resentment.Incidentally, I picked up my Mum's Sunday tabloid paper yesterday and saw a big heading "I'M SORRY" Who could that be, I wondered? John Howard apologizing for the WMD lies? The Queensland government apologising for the state of our Health System? No, it was a school principal being forced to apologize for saying "Merry Christmas".
The success of the American Right in extracting a “war on Christmas” out of a few well-meaning gestures to non-Christians, such as using the greeting “Happy Holidays,” is a testament to the investment conservatives have made in media over three decades.
With their vertically integrated media apparatus – from newspapers and magazines, to TV and radio, to books and the Internet – the Right now can take a few scattered anecdotes on almost any topic and heat them up into a hot-button issue.
The US Conservative media machine has long tentacles. No surprise they run deep here in the Australian media, Rupert Murdoch's orginal stomping grounds. I think you could write a good long book about how US interests now permeate Australian media, society, politics and business. BushWorld, c'est nous.
PS: Sorry for the lack of posting recently - sick baby, sick Mum, tired Dad and a PC crash. Great fun.