In what's becoming an annual media tradition, Fox News used its holiday card to wish friends and family well this holiday season--and take a swipe at CNN and MSNBC.
The front of Fox News' 2011 card--distributed to media journalists including this one--features a cartoon fox leading ABC, NBC and CBS in a sheep-sled race, with the jockeys for MSNBC and CNN watching from the sidelines. (The idea is that Fox News, the top-rated cable news network, is so far ahead, it's now competing against the the Big Three networks.)
Representatives for CNN and MSNBC did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Inside, a poem, (to be sung to the tune of "Joy to the World") begins:
Joy to the world for Fox News Channel
Consistently number one
We are the network viewers choose
Fair and balanced news
See our ratings we don't lose
Beating the rest in TV news
Fox Business took a similar tact with its own holiday card, featuring a pair of foxes roasting the (C)NBC peacock over an open flame.
Fox News' 2010 holiday card featured three foxes playing chess between a Christmas tree and fireplace mantle adorned with a menorah.
Inside, lyrics to "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" were reworked to slap its TV news rivals:
You know Shep, and Bret, Hannity, and O'Reilly. Hemmer, Jenna, and Megyn, Fox & Friends in the morning.
And as you recall, We have the best anchors of all.
Fox News is the one you turn to, For breaking news we are the source, And whenever we're reporting, You know it's fair and balanced, of course.
Some of the other networks, Tried to beat us with silly games. As FNC continued to dominate, Their attempts all went down in flames.
Then one starry election night The people came to say Fox with your journalists so bright, Won't you report our news tonight?
Then all the other networks Had come to accept their defeat We reported and they decided Fox News is the one to beat.
Speaking of cards, the White House released its official holiday card this week, and Fox Nation's Todd Starnes was disappointed that it made no mention of Christmas and "instead focused on Bo the First Dog based on the wishes of the First Family."
"Holiday presents are placed on a table underneath a poinsettia," Starnes wrote, "instead of a Christmas tree."
Sarah Palin told Starnes she was similarly disturbed. "It's odd," Palin said, since "American foundational values illustrated and displayed on Christmas cards and on a Christmas tree. It's just a different way of thinking coming out of the White House."
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