Last Wednesday Fox News was rocked by a deranged homeless man setting their yearly Christmas tree on fire on live television. Arsonist Craig Tamanaha set the fire during a live recording of Fox News @ Night, causing about $500,000 in property damage. Tamanaha’s own father was not shocked by the news and made a statement to the press: “Oh, he’s a nut. I can’t control him. Mentally, he’s not all there.”
On Monday, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Biden administration press secretary Jen Psaki if President Biden would comment on the attack amidst a rising wave of crime in America. Psaki refused to condemn the attack, saying only that President Biden already spoke about rising retail thefts.
But the crime against Fox News was not just crime as usual in Joe Biden’s America, which Psaki implied. Some in the media calling the act a hate crime. Tucker Carlson called out the senseless violence writing, “A Christmas tree is a symbol. It’s a symbol of a specific culture. It’s a symbol of a much loved tradition that is hundreds of years old. But above all, it’s a symbol of a religion. In this case, the world’s largest religion. Torching Christmas trees is an attack on Christianity.”
Within 24 hours, however, FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott announced that Fox News would not give in to our current culture of fear. “We will not let this deliberate and brazen act of cowardice deter us,” Scott wrote, “we are in the process of rebuilding and installing a new tree as a message that there can be peace, light and joy even during a dark moment like this.”
True to their word, and fuelled by an early Christmas miracle with the help of local heroes in the NYPD and FDNY, Fox immediately held a new Christmas Tree lighting ceremony which can be viewed on their website. The suspect, however, was released without bail shortly after being arrested for the attack. Psaki may just be on to something; in Joe Biden’s America, assaults against religious targets are now just crime as usual.