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Posted by Tim Ireland at 29 December 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Come the New Year, I’ll have to get around to building the early stages of The Anti-Murdoch Network. The Sun-watching blog may be held up by the general election, but I appears we already have some worthy Fox-watchers in place…

News Hounds – We watch FOX so you don’t have to!

More on the War on Christmas

Bob Ben from Insert Joke Here has a close-to-final round-up of War on Christmas links which leads us to A Suggestion for the Season and Bob Piper notes here that Ann Coulter has the following message on her webshite: To The People Of Islam: Just think: If we’d invaded your countries, killed your leaders and converted you to Christianity YOU’D ALL BE OPENING CHRISTMAS PRESENTS RIGHT ABOUT NOW!

BNP Chairman Nick Griffin takes the ball and runs with it on his Christmas video, blaming “Neo-Marxist political correctness and Islamic fundamentalism” and stating that the (obviously very real) attack on Christmas has been getting worse year-on-year, and that this year has been “particularly bad” – so much so that “we are becoming dhimmi in our own land.”

He goes on to state that Council Tax and mortgage schemes unfairly benefit Muslims and warns you that his people “see what’s going on at the low level, in the streets and in the martial arts class…. and there is a significant section of the young Muslim population preparing for war against the people of this country” (and unless it’s nipped in the bud, it could lead to civil war).

Posted by Tim Ireland at 23 December 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

As with their backing of the illegal invasion of Iraq Rupert Murdoch’s media outlets appeared to magically act as one this year with a corporation-wide assertion that The Left were attacking Christmas.

The general thinking is familiar. Murdoch wishes to assure the frightened masses that the only alternative to the current (massive) swing to the right is an equally massive swing to the left – where Christians will be persecuted or assimilated and everybody will take turns to hug Osama bin Laden. Because that’s been our evil plan all along. We pretend to care about your liberties so we can destroy them. And we pose as lovers of peace because we’re in league with the terrorists. That fact that we hate Jesus/Santa should be proof enough of that. (Oh, and it’s those filthy liberals who have a dark agenda and overwhelming control of the media. Never forget that.)

You can be sure that somewhere inside the News Corp machine a memo was circulated in late November prompting what many outlets presented as a spontaneous campaign. (Because, damn it, those all-powerful liberals had gone too far this time!)

I for one would like to see that memo, but for now I’ll settle for the creation of a single overview of the campaign.

Below are a few links I’ve gathered to show that Bill ‘Hardcore‘ O’Reilly was well on the case. Below those are the entries I made when tracking the Save Our Christmas campaign run by The Sun newspaper in the UK.

Essentially, this post is designed to act as a starting point for those researching information on Rupert Murdoch’s and the ‘War on Christmas’ Campaign and as a contact-node for others who were concerned enough to collect data on individual aspects of it.

If you know of any suitable links, comments or similar/better overviews, simply get in touch and email them to me or make a comment below.

Cheers all. And Merry Christmas.

Bill O’Reilly:
FOXNews – Christmas Under Siege: The Big Picture
New York Daily News – Christmas haters have an agenda – The Grinch who saved Christmas
FOXNews – Somewhere Jesus Is Weeping…
Search Media Matters for ‘War on Christmas’ for more.

The Sun:
Dec 9 – The Sun: All your Christmas are belong to us
Dec 10 – The Sun backs Santa Claus backing The Sun
Dec 13 – The Sun: taking Christmas on tour
Dec 14 – The Sun: staying on-message
Dec 15 – The Sun: ‘Tis the season to be sarky
Dec 17 – The War on Christmas is global

Posted by Tim Ireland at 22 December 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Mr Pot? There’s a call for you on Line 2 from a Mr Kettle…

Bloody great isn’t it? Murdoch’s outlets undertake a global attack on the left, who they charge with taking the Christ out of Christmas, but the cards coming out of Wapping say Seasons Greetings instead of Merry Christmas and – instead of having a Christmas Party – News Corp holds a Caribbean Holiday Celebration.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 21 December 2004

Category: Page 3 - News in Briefs, Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch, The War on Stupid

BBC – ID cards plans pass first hurdle: An attempt to derail the government’s controversial plans for identity cards has failed in the House of Commons. In the first Commons vote on the scheme, MPs voted by 385 to 93 to give the bill a second reading.

Here we go on the slow but steady sleep-walk to a police state…

Guardian – Voluntary scheme is prelude to compulsion: The new home secretary, Charles Clarke, warned MPs yesterday that the government would bring in compulsory identity cards once a voluntary system had been accepted by the British public.

Independent – Party leaders humiliated by ID card revolt: The huge scale of abstentions by both the Tories and Labour will be acutely embarrassing to Tony Blair and Michael Howard, who both pitched their personal authority behind the ID cards plans.

That may very well be, but – myself – I mostly see a lot of good men doing nothing.

No matter. Tony will get his ID card system, and today The Sun is there to explain why it’s so important that he does.

The Sun – Strong stance: It is good to see strong leadership from Michael Howard over ID cards. He ignored the protests of some Tory backbenchers – and the doubts of several shadow ministers – to give his party’s backing. By doing so, he spoke for the majority of Tory voters, for a poll shows that 80 per cent of them believe we should have ID cards to combat terrorism, illegal immigration and welfare fraud. Howard says the threat from terrorism is so great that it would be irresponsible to dismiss any plans put forward by the police and security services. The weak willies on both sides of the Commons should take note. New Home Secretary Charles Clarke rightly pointed out that ID cards will help to make each of us feel safer at no real cost to civil liberties. His opponents who talk about human rights forget the most important one of all: The right to live in peace. The question all the doubters must answer is this: Have you got a better way of fighting terrorists?

Yes, well you’ve got me there. We must make sacrifices in order to show terrorists that they can’t mess with our way of life.

And it’s just the terrorists, but welfare fraudsters this system is designed to defeat – so it’s no surprise to find Sun favourite Abu Hamza on the front page today, as The Sun reports he’s milking the welfare system in order to fund terrorists. Or something.

For clarity, we turn to Page 3… where Zoe (23, from London) thinks Muslim cleric Abu Hamza should not get any more handouts. She says: “He has some nerve threatening legal action. Here’s a man who is accused of very serious crimes. There would be a public uproar if he got any more cash.

1. Didn’t you know? If you’re accused of a serious crime these days, you’re more or less convicted. If you ever get a trial, that is.
2. Yes. A public uproar. Like the one in January where they managed to get just under 1% of their readership to ‘vote’ Abu Hamza out of the country.

Now, where were we? Ah, yes. Benefit fraud…

No2ID – FAQ – Will an identity card help eliminate benefit fraud?: The government has not provided evidence to support such a claim. David Blunkett went so far as to dismiss the significance of identity fraud in welfare, advising Parliament “benefit fraud is only a tiny part of the problem in the benefit system”. The majority of fraud on the benefits system is through under-reporting of income, or non-reporting of financial and family circumstances. Benefits agencies worldwide agree that false identity is not a key issue.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 20 December 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

I get emails most days. Some are worth sharing; others aren’t.

This one is most definitely worth sharing, and was sent in reaction to I Believe In The BBC:

—– Original Message —–
Sent: Sunday, December 19, 2004 11:19 PM
Subject: BBC

Yes. We are all working class victims of the rich. Curse the elitists and their control of the media!

Posted by Tim Ireland at 17 December 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

The Sun has backed off on their Save Our Christmas campaign. Perhaps Ben was right and the whole thing was meant to occupy minds that otherwise would dwell on the Blunkett affair. Or perhaps they’re simply running out of ammunition. The best they can manage today is vandals who cut down a Christmas tree and some schoolchildren who have been banned from wearing tinsel around their neck. Instead, they’re using a lot of space demonising Kimberly Quinn/Fortier (there’s a large ‘Fatal Attraction’ centre-spread, casting her as a “wicked witch” out to destroy his career) and laying the grounds for Blunkett’s triumphant return.

Then again, this link from Peter suggests that this is a seasonal – and global – event designed to use Christianity’s greatest PR asset to demonise the left:

Metafilter – Annual airing of grievances

Then-then again-again, it could be both. Rebekah Wade isn’t beyond multi-tasking in her role as Willing Servant of Evil.

More: Christmas with the Murdochs

Posted by Tim Ireland at 15 December 2004

Category: Page 3 - News in Briefs, Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Today Page 3 girl Ruthie (19, from Kent) is outraged to hear a Christmas fan had been sent hate mail for putting up decorations. She says: “It should be every person’s right to celebrate whatever religious festival they want, however they want – as long as it doesn’t infringe on others.”

A good thing she added that last bit, as this report eggs on those who may wish to celebrate Christmas by shooting PC leftists: The Sun warmed the hearts of locals yesterday with a Nativity scene – in Cold Christmas. The tiny Hertfordshire hamlet saw The Sun’s Save Our Christmas campaign with a poignant play celebrating the birth of Christ. It was another blow to jobsworths who want to kill off our traditions. Resident Bill Parkes, 53, said: “The Sun’s doing great. If politically correct officials try to impose anti-Christmas policies here they’d be sent away with a shotgun!”

What was that I was saying yesterday about Sun readers being unlikely to do anything stupid?

No matter. Let’s get back to what is so obviously an incitement to religious hatred.

The online report is kind of light, so I’ll also be quoting from the print version: A poison pen nut has bombarded a string of families with hate mail – blasting their taste in Christmas decorations. The anonymous critic, who signed himself The House Doctor, posted letters to five households, taking issue with their festive lights. He wrote: “Your neighbours have to look at this crap – have some dignity. We don’t want to look like a council estate.” The families, all on the Mickledales estate in Redcar, Teeside, received the identical notes last weekend. In them, their lights are branded “cheap, tacky Poundstretcher crap.”

They finish by appealing for the House Doctor to come forward. I refer you again to yesterday’s post for an idea of how that’s likely to turn out.

You have to read between the lines to see the anti-religious sentiment, but what stares you in the face here is the evil of elitism (which lives right next door to leftism, don’t you know).

Here, Ben is left wondering what this latest Sun campaign is supposed to distract us from but, myself, I see this as more of a seasonal opportunity. A made-up story designed primarily to boost flagging sales. And demonise (cue dramatic sting) The Left.

Posted by Tim Ireland at 14 December 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

Yesterday it was revealed in The Guardian that The Sun – currently championing the clause (ho-ho) of Christmas – has itself watered down and de-Christ-ified their own Christmas cards with a politically-correct “Season’s Greetings!”

Hypocrisy? From The Sun? Never!

Surely there’s been some mistake. Or perhaps a simple misunderstanding… the kind of misunderstanding that led to their grouping of the outrage over the commercial stunt by Madame Tussauds with attacks on the religious aspects of Christmas.


Posted by Tim Ireland at 13 December 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

May God Bless Rebekah WadeThe Sun continued it’s Save Our Christmas campaign on Saturday with a FREE (if haughtily branded) nativity poster and news of an attack on the age-old tradition of celebrating Christmas via the conspicuous consumption of electricity.

Vic Moszczynski’s 8ft Father Christmas sits among thousands of decorations illuminated by hundreds of lights and sings Jingle Bells and We Wish You A Merry Christmas, while ten snowmen sing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Sadly, an environmental health officer and a policeman are tried to silence these voices of hope.

The Knapps of Gotherington, Gloucs, fared little better with their simple string of lights when an anonymous neighbour (obviously a leftist) dropped a letter through their door that said: “Your dull, ugly front garden fails to reflect our village image.”

Well, the problem there is obvious. They need more expensive lights. And some mirrors.

Today, coverage slips off the front page, but there’s news of another light display under attack and the wider campaign continues as they take the nativity on the road. Rock and roll!

The Sun – The Nativity on tour: The Sun has hit back at politically correct meanies – by defiantly taking the famous Christmas Story out on to the streets. Our mobile Nativity scene bought seasonal joy to hundreds of Christmas shoppers and tourists across London. It was the latest move in the Save Our Christmas campaign against meddling jobsworths who want to kill off festive traditions. The tableau recounting the story of the birth of Christ was mounted on the back of a lorry – which made its first stop yards from the Houses of Parliament. Onlookers burst into applause as The Sun’s Three Wise Men paid tribute to a newborn baby Jesus.

Such defiance! These days, you can get arrested for promoting the nativity.
Such resourcefulness! Who knew there were three wise men working for The Sun?
Such sensitivity! If you look carefully at the pictures, you’ll note that they’ve been careful not to grace Baby Jesus with a Sun name-badge.
Such a response! Hooray for spontaneous celebrations and demonstrations.

This tour ties in closely with the very origin of Christmas, when Mary was transported to Bethlehem on the back of a donkey, only to be turned away at the inn. Mary gave birth right there in reception as the three wise men arrived, and the decision was made to prepare their camels and her donkey by strapping a platform onto their backs, get on board, and take their joyous news from town to town. To enjoy the many spontaneous celebrations, obviously.

In doing so they developed world’s first flat-bed truck over 1,500 years before Leonardo da Vinci claimed to have ‘invented’ it. A glorious achievement, even if the whole set-up was – in every sense of the word – decidedly unstable.

UPDATE – Scotland has obviously been overrun by loony lefties….

Scotland on Sunday – So this is Christmas?:The signs of a new awakening to the spiritual meaning of Christmas are emerging. Last week, The Sun, Britain’s most popular red-top newspaper, launched its own campaign to save Christmas. It didn’t have to look too hard for the forces of politically-correct, joy-killing darkness.

Sunday Herald – Campaigns to put the Christ back into Christmas are misguided: what we need is a shorter, saner Yuletide: It is not only in America that cudgels have been taken up against those who would take Christ out of Christmas. Our own dear Sun newspaper has launched a campaign to save Christmas. We can rest easy, knowing that the baby Jesus is safe in the hands of Rupert Murdoch. We had vaguely imagined old redtop Rupe as something of a Herod figure, but he now stands revealed as the fourth wise man.

(Image posted to B3ta.)

Posted by Tim Ireland at 10 December 2004

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

You Better Watch OutThe Sun – Wanted: Satan Claus: DO-GOODERS are out to turn Santa into Satan – so today The Sun calls on readers to help save the old boy from the sack. Jovial Father Christmas is HATED by the politically correct brigade. He is demonised and treated like a wanted man. His crime? Bringing joy and wonder to millions of kiddies around the world. The Sun launched its Save Our Christmas campaign yesterday by exposing the Scrooges who ban lights, carols, cards and other traditional festive pleasures. Today we have the Santa sleighers in our sights. Killjoy bosses at the St Elli shopping centre in Llanelli, South Wales, have installed a webcam to spy on their Santa – in case he is accused of being a PAEDOPHILE.

Now correct me if I’m wrong, but I see this first bit of ‘evidence’ of a widespread ‘attack’ on Santa actually being more of a response to paedo-fear. Now if only I could think of who exactly has been whipping people into a frenzy about this.

And, of course, everybody except for us evil killjoy leftists sees the direct connection between Santa Claus and the start of this campaign, rooted in outrage over ‘attacks’ on the religious aspect of Christmas.

The Sun explains it thusly: Some critics of Santa Claus say he is a religious symbol. It is true that he is based on St Nicholas, a saint born in what is now Turkey some 1,700 years ago. But to the vast majority of us, Santa is a symbol of the good times and love we share with our families and friends at this time of year.

How true. How very true. The modern version of Santa Claus is the very (consume!) symbol (consume!) of (consume!) peace, love and goodwill to all men. And all of our attacks on him (I think of nothing but how to defeat Santa every day of the week) are based on a pathological hatred for all religions. Unless our unreasoned hatred is based on distaste for his role in introducing children to consumerism. In which case, that’s just us reverting to our main role as cynical killjoys.

Indeed, who would dare oppose the pro-Christmas (buy The Sun!) poster (buy The Sun!) campaign (buy The Sun!) that’s due to begin tomorrow? This would be an attack on Christmas itself (and can only help the terrorists).

Point out that this is a cynical marketing ploy from a newspaper with slipping readership, and you may as well tell your kids that Santa Claus doesn’t exist.

Well, I’m here to tell you that yes (Virginia) there is a Santa Claus, and he is now the property of Rupert Murdoch.

Hands off.

UPDATE – Blood & Treasure: The Sun endorses human sacrifice

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