Merry Friggin' War on Xmas!
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A merry Christmas to all of our observant Christian readers. And a happy, boozy day off for everyone else; indulge in a bit of crass commercialism and enjoy some nice fatty foods.
I personally woke up at the crack of dawn this morning and padded downstairs in my jammies to see what Santa had brought me. Sadly, just like last year, it was some mass-media crap. (Why, Santa, why?)
The culprit this morning was a decidedly fluffy CNN offering, with some insightful analysis about the true meaning of the season.
First up, a segment with Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. For New Yorkers, the reverend is a legend, but for those who aren't in the know, Billy's a showman whose message is simple: he preaches that Americans should ease off the consumerism a bit. Buy a little less, use a little less, create a little less waste and run up a little less debt.
Billy's a character, no question, and low-hanging fruit for a bit of mainstream marginalization, but CNN really went above and beyond by putting together a remarkably nasty little hit-job.
Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet.