Two days after First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress debuted his Grinch Alert website -- because he will "not bow to the strident voices of a minority who object to the holiday" -- he went on CNN's American Morning to discuss the naughty-or-nice list with host John Roberts. The video follows, and in it Jeffress says of the site's moniker: "When Dr. Seuss wrote his book, it wasn't How the Grinch Stole Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or some generic happy holiday." Sure, but look what I found. A day too late too. Damn it.
Update at 11:35 a.m.: Media Matters wonders this morning: "Why is the media giving a platform to pastor with history of inflammatory rhetoric?" Then it catalogs the pastor's "long history of inflammatory attacks on gays, Muslims, Mormons, and Hindus." And: It includes his appearance this morning on FOX News with none other than former KXAS'er Gretchen Carlson ... or, as Jon Stewart called her Monday, The Gretch Who Saved the War on Christmas. The circle is now complete.
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