War on Christmas - Historical Fact-Checking

  • Aired:  12/12/11
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After receiving PolitiFact's lowest grade for his report on the founding fathers' attitudes toward Christmas, Jon goes straight to the source. (5:43)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK TO THE

SHOW.

AS YOU KNOW, LAST WEEK JUST

THIS PAST WEEK I DECLARED WAR

ON CHRISTMAS.

IT'S PROBABLY WHY WE HAVEN'T

HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT CHRISTMAS

RECENTLY.

ANYWAY, AS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW

THE SANTITY OF CHRISTMAS DAY

AND THE ENSUING FOUR-MONTH

LEAD-UP TO CHRISTMAS DAY HAS

CHANGED OVER TIME, WE PLAYED A

QUICK CLIP FROM THE HISTORY

CHANNEL PROGRAM.

>> ON DECEMBER 25, 1789, THE

UNITED STATES CONGRESS SAT IN

SESSION AND CONTINUED TO STAY

OPEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY FOR MOST

OF THE NEXT 67 YEARS.

>> Jon: WHEN THE COUNTRY WAS

FOUNDED CONGRESS HAD EXACTLY

THE SAME ATTITUDE ABOUT THE

SANTITY OF CHRISTMAS

CELEBRATIONS THAT A 7/11 DOES

TODAY.

YEAH, WE'RE OPEN.

A FUNNY STORY.

APPARENTLY THE CLIP WE SHOWED

WAS OFF BY AROUND 66 YEARS.

FOR THIS MISTAKE I WAS AWARDED

THE FACT-CHECKING SITE

POLITIFACT DOT-COM'S LOWEST

GRADE POSSIBLE "PANTS ON

FIRE."

SOMETHING THE PEOPLE AT

POLITIFACT MUST KNOW THAT A

GENTLEMAN SUCH AS MYSELF IS

AKIN TO A DEATH SENTENCE.

IN THIS DRY WEATHER MY ASS

HAIR IS NOTHING IF NOT

KINDLING.

OF COURSE, IT'S MY FAULT FOR

TRUSTING SOMETHING CALLED THE

HISTORY CHANNEL.

YOU KNOW, WITH FACTS ABOUT

THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE

PAST.

THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, WE'LL

ALL FIND OUT THE NAZIS DID NOT

EMPLOY ALIEN TECHNOLOGY IN

THEIR QUEST FOR WORLD

DOMINATION.

YOU KNOW WHAT, HISTORY

CHANNEL?

YOU HAVE (BEEP) ME FOR THE

LAST TIME!

FROM NOW ON, I GO STRAIGHT TO

THE SOURCE.

TO THE TIME MACHINE.

MR. FRANKLIN.

>> YES.

>> I'M COME FROM THE FUTURE TO

ASK YOU ABOUT HOW THE FOUNDING

FATHER FELT ABOUT CHRISTMAS

AND THE CELEBRATIONS AND

THINGS.

>> OKAY.

>> Jon: IF I'M INTERRUPTING.

>> NO, NO, STAY.

UNLESS OF COURSE YOU'RE

UNCOMFORTABLE DISCUSSING

HISTORICAL CONTEXT WHILE

WATCHING AN OLDER MAN

FORNICATE WITH TWO SECOND RATE

FRENCH PROSTITUTES.

>> HEY, WE SPEAK ENGLISH.

>> Jon: I CAN WAIT.

>> NO, NO, NO.

YOU'RE A GUEST.

GIRLS.

BACK IN FIVE.

PLEASE, SIT.

>> Jon: ON THAT?

>> THERE WE GO.

>> Jon: I CAN'T BELIEVE PUREL

WON'T BE INVENTED FOR ANOTHER

200 YEARS.

OKAY.

FIRST OF ALL, I GUESS I SHOULD

SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS.

>> (LAUGHING) I THINK YOUR

TIME MACHINE IS BROKEN,

FUTUREMAN.

AS YOU CAN SEE, IN MY ALMANACK,

CHRISTMAS ISN'T FOR ANOTHER

TWO WEEKS.

>> Jon: YOU DON'T SAY MERRY

CHRISTMAS BEFORE THE ACTUAL

DAY?

>> WHY WOULD WE?

>> Jon: SO HERE IN 1789 WHICH

IS WHERE WE ARE, WHAT DO

PEOPLE DO ON CHRISTMAS DAY?

>> WELL, SOME OF US WORK.

SOME REFLECT WITH FAMILY.

THE MORE COMMON MAN SPENDS THE

DAY STUFFING HIS FACE, GETTING

DRUNK AND WALLOWING IN VOMIT.

OR AS I CALL IT, TUESDAY.

>> Jon: DON'T ANY OF THE

FOUNDERS GO TO CHURCH ON

CHRISTMAS?

>> NO.

I HEAR THE UNIVERSALIST OF

BOSTON ARE PLANNING THE

NATION'S FIRST MAJOR CHRISTMAS

DAY SERVICE THIS YEAR, 1789.

>> Jon: HOW WEIRD.

MY RESEARCHERS READ THE VERY

SAME THING IN A HISTORY BOOK

RIGHT BEFORE WE WROTE THIS.

>> WHAT A COINCIDENCE.

AND IF I MAY ASK, HOW DO YOU

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS?

>> Jon: CHINESE FOOD AND A

MOVIE, YOU KNOW.

>> (LAUGHING) OH, YES, YES.

OH, I SEE.

YOU'RE A HEBREW.

WELL, HAPPY HOLIDAY.

FROM YOUR NAME I THOUGHT YOU

WERE OF THE TUDOR HOUSE.

>> Jon: I GET THAT AATE LOT.

THE HISTORY CHANNEL OFFICES.

>> THOSE IDIOTS SAY I FLEW A

KITE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN

ELECTRICAL STORM.

DO I SEEM SUICIDAL.

>> THEY GAVE ME A PANTS ON

FIRE FOR QUOTING THEM.

>> SPEAKING OF PANTS ON FIRE,

YOU DON'T HAPPEN TO HAVE ANY

OF THAT FUTURE PENICILLIN ON

YOU, DO YOU?

( APPLAUSE )

>> Jon: IS THAT IT?

>> THANKS.

YOU'RE A REAL (BEEP) SAVER.

IT'S A COLONIAL EXPRESSION.

>> Jon: RIGHT,.

WELL, I'VE GOT TO GET BACK.

>> TO THE FUTURE!

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