A Challenge for News Anchors

You can say Merry Christmas...really...you can.
by Jim Fair | Source: Catholic.net

This is a tense time for television news anchors. 

Yes, we’re creeping up on Christmas.  That means that every news anchor must decide whether to be honest or politically correct at the annual moment of truth: when they sign off on Christmas Eve.

You see, news anchors all have their little signoffs at the end of a broadcast.  They fret over just the right words to use, since these become a bit like a signature.

Huntley and Brinkley had “goodnight Chet, goodnight David.”

Walter Cronkite had “and that’s the way it is…”

Most are even more inane, along the lines of “have a nice evening” or “that wraps it up for another day in Pleasantville” or “see y’all again tomorrow.”

But each year we have Christmas and an entire holiday season based around, well, a religion.  And heaven knows that mentioning a particular religion is simply gauche.  I mean, isn’t there something about separation of church and television station in the constitution?

So…we’ll get Christmas Eve signoffs like this:  “All of us at KPC wish you and your significant others an enjoyable season celebrating whatever you are celebrating.”

Wouldn’t it be refreshing if a television anchor suddenly caught a bad case of honesty, looked straight into the camera on Christmas Eve and said:

Tonight we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, true God and true man, who came to earth to save all of us.  I hope you and your families have a wonderful Christmas.  Don’t forget to go to church, sing carols and give thanks to God in prayer.

I dare anchors everywhere to say it.  In fact, I double dog dare you.



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