Pastor Paula White, a Pentecostal Christian televangelist, speaks to a reporter in her room at the Trump International Hotel. (Photo: Mary F. Calvert for The Washington Post)
Media critic

Credit goes to the bookers and producers of Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends.” While people across the country were still engaging in their long winter’s naps, the most idiotic program on all of televised news was interviewing Paula White, President Trump’s longtime spiritual adviser. She’s a fascinating individual and among the under-covered figures in Trump’s orbit.

And as it turns out, White does a great job of spewing pro-Trump spiritual talking points without any opposition from her interviewers.

The segment, broadcast on Christmas morning on “Fox & Friends,” sat at the crux of an obsession — and a lie — that both Fox News and President Trump hold dear: The idea that under President Barack Obama, Christmas was somehow under siege. And thus, that it somehow needed to be revived.

Todd Piro, one of the “Fox & Friends” hosts subbing for the first team on the holiday morning, teed up the segment with this claim: “President Trump, delivering on his promise to put Christ back in Christmas.”

In case the viewers didn’t get the point, co-host Molly Line pretty much repeated the line moments later: “President Trump delivering on another promise, proudly putting Christ back in Christmas,” she said, before asking White just why this was just a priority for the White House.

Given a whole field of running room, White plowed ahead:

Well, isn’t it nice to be able to say Merry Christmas and to put Jesus Christ back on the White House lawn? And to have the crusader that we have in our president? It is so vitally important — first off, it’s personal to him. He’s a man of faith, he is a believer. He’s spiritual. I’ve known him for over 17 years. And Trump just hasn’t put Christ back in Christmas, but he’s also put prayer back in the White House, he’s put justice back into, and religious freedom back into, our courts. He’s done so much. I say this is a man who is a promise keeper. We’ll know him as the president who keeps promises.

At that point, Line observed that “presidents, not just this president, but many presidents, have been criticized for their religious beliefs. Or it’s been implied that they’re not religious enough, or too religious.” Okay, moving right along, she asked, “You know him so personally and here it is Christmas Day. How does he experience his faith?”

I know for him it’s a very personal day that his faith is such an important part of his life. It guides him, it leads him, and one of the things that I love about President Trump is that he is not afraid to take those steps that might be unpopular with other people. We do not have to be afraid of the political correct police anymore. What makes America great is that we were founded on a Judeo-Christian nation. That’s very important for us to understand. He understands it. It is personal to him. Our country, though it is not a theocracy, you will not understand democracy if you don’t understand the biblical foundations and traditions and foundation of Christianity and of our faith. And though we are not just a nation of Christianity, we’re of all faiths — we live in a country that is very biblically illiterate and without understanding the Bible, you won’t understand the foundation. And so it’s so important because it’s such a part of our ethos, our culture. That’s a vital part of why it’s important for America to understand of putting Christ, Christmas, Mary back in Christmas. It’s liberating and also it brings great joy. I mean, this is the message that has changed literally billions and billions for centuries. We have preached this as Christians forever.

With that propagandistic flourish, White was allowed to move along.

There was no attempt to ask her about her history with the so-called “prosperity gospel,” or the idea that all ye faithful shall come into riches; about transparency issues surrounding her evangelical advisory council; or about, say, how tax cuts tilted heavily toward the rich and corporations jibes with Christian theology. Perhaps that’s too much to ask of “Fox & Friends,” especially on a festive holiday.

It’s just…

that the lies…

about Christmas restoration…

and the hypocrisy of the 45th President…

are a lot to bear. There is no Christmas break from Trump bootlicking at “Fox & Friends.”