Parody site The Daily Currant managed to fool a few readers in August with its scoop regarding Todd Akin’s “homosexuality cure.” People who wanted it to be true didn’t bother checking the source before retweeting the news, and this Christmas, they were anxious to share news that Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had taken his “War on Christmas” to a new level by punching a department store Santa.
Did Bill O’Reilly actually beat up a Mall Santa in NY or…?
— Sam Linville (@samlinville) December 24, 2012
No, he didn’t. The original story ran under the headline, “Bill O’Reilly Arrested For Assaulting Department Store Santa,” and claimed that a Santa’s wish of “happy holidays” rather than “merry Christmas” drove the TV host to violence. Other blogs copied the piece outright, albeit with more colorful headlines, such as this one:
Religious Fundamentalist Terrorist Bill O’Reilly Arrested For Assaulting Department Store Santa wp.me/p6Tag-5B4
— masteradrian (@masteradrian) December 25, 2012
If you believe O’Reilly’s a terrorist, believing he’d punch Santa isn’t much of a stretch.
Reminder : Foxnews host Bill O Reilly punched a mall Santa in the face. Santa said happy holidays…
— DoesItMatter (@YouThereListen) December 25, 2012
— David Prince (@davidwprince) December 26, 2012
@bill_o_reilly hOW dUMB CAN YOU be? first using Violence 2nd Santa was doing Macys Bidding ,ASSHAT and you knew it YOU Jerk
—adam_zander (@adam_zander) December 27, 2012
— Nanette (@rockyakanan) December 27, 2012
Bill O’Reilly carries on for hours a day, in public, about the “War on Christmas”, then assaults Santa on Xmas eve. Can’t explain THAT.
— Godless Savage (@Godless_Savage) December 27, 2012
I can barely believe the story of Bill O’Reilly assaulting a Macy’s Santa Claus for saying Happy Holidays.He must have been really drunk.
— Diana Notaro (@WittyGrandma1) December 27, 2012
(Hat tip: Johnny Dollar’s Place)