This week on CounterSpin: It’s the holiday season again, so many conservatives are concocting stories about how Christmas and Christians are under attack. To listen to the likes of commentators such as Bill O’Reilly and Pat Buchanan, simply using the words “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” amounts to anti-Christian hostility. We’ll speak with Salon.com senior writer Michelle Goldberg about the war against Christmas and her article “How the Secular Humanist Grinch Didn’t Steal Christmas.”
Also this week: We’ll talk about how a curious story became a talking point for conservative pundits. As the story goes, an African-American Republican was pelted with Oreo cookies in a nasty racist attack, presumably launched by Democrats. But did it ever happen? Baltimore City Paper reporter Gadi Dechter decided to find out; he’ll join us to tell us what he discovered.
—How the Secular Humanist Grinch Didn’t Steal Christmas by Michelle Goldberg (Salon.com, 11/21/05; Ad-viewing required.)
—Cookie Monster by Gadi Dechter (City Paper, 11/22/05)