Saturday, December 02, 2006

I'm worried

Believe it or not I worry about Bill O'Idiot. He's so busy worrying about what stores and companies think about the holliday's (nevermind there are 3 major ones at the same time) he refused to do backround checks on whether it's true or not.

For instance (thanks to mediamaters) he went on this rant:

O'REILLY: It's a bunch of people who are running around and they're angry, but they've got no direction for the anger. And there are so many insane things that, everyday, I come into work and I say to myself, "How can this be happening?"

You know, I have to tell you that I did not want to do Christmas controversy stories this year. You know, we did it last year, we won the war, Wal-Mart and Macy's and all the big stores are saying, "Merry Christmas," and they've stopped ordering their employees not to say it -- most of them. Best Buy and Crate & Barrel are two that still are ordering their people not to say, "Merry Christmas," which is the worst kind of fascism you could possibly have. They have a right to do it but it's just stupid.

But anyway, this season I said to myself, "You know, with all the trouble we have overseas and the war on terror, I really don't want to get into the Christmas thing again." We won it, it was a worthy campaign, but do we have to do it again? And then, I'm confronted with this stuff.

O'REILLY: So, that is the -- that is the end game. Now, you get back to Crate & Barrel and Best Buy, who are ordering their employees, "If you say, 'Merry Christmas,' we will fire you." Now, this is insane, OK? It is, to me, an affront, so I don't shop at those places. I don't want to give them my business, because they annoy me. Nothing more. Nothing more. It's annoying. I don't want to do business with those people. My right. Now, it is their right to tell their employees what they can and cannot say. Unfortunately, private companies can do that. It's their right.

So, it's basically my right -- I'm not going to buy your little barrel or a crate, or I'm not going to Best Buy. I'm going to go someplace that says, "Merry Christmas," because it's the Christmas season. That's why you give gifts. You give gifts because it's Christmastime. The spirit of giving. That's a tradition. Don't acknowledge the tradition, I ain't gonna -- I'm not going to buy it, not going to do it.

O'REILLY: I have to fire somebody. How many people have I fired this year? Philip Nulman, CEO of the Nulman Group and author of the marketing book, Just Say Yes! All right, so you believe that Crate & Barrel and Best Buy and others who order their employees not to say, "Merry Christmas" are smart?

Now first they interviewed the CEO of Crate and Barrel on FOX and you know what he said? He said "It's up to the INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE to say Merry Christmas or whatever he or she wishes." Again it's up to the INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEE. I guess O'Idiot didn't bother to check that. Best Buy I haven't been in but I don't know. So I ask again WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL IF HAPPY HOLLIDAY'S OR MERRY CHRISTMAS is said? I don't think it offends anyone but Bill O'idiot but then again he doesn't live in reality does he?

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