The Real War is in the Media

If there is a war on Christmas it exists between the media outlets competing from opposite ends of political spectrum. On the right is Fox News, who breathlessly beats the war drums of Christmas without ceasing. On the left are outlets such as Media Matters. They both took a bow this week on another ridiculous story that has nothing to do with Christmas, actually.

Todd Starnes released a story yesterday claiming that a school in Georgia was cracking down on Christmas by removing Christmas cards teachers had received and put up in the hallways of the school. He called the husband of one of the teachers and made it another “thing” in the war on Christmas.

Today, Media Matters pushed out a release saying Starnes’ report was bogus.

Who do you believe? And why should you care?

Well, what about the school in this case?

They say it’s a faculty tradition to hang staff Christmas cards up on a poster. Usually the poster hangs out in the hallway for students to see but Baker said one of the teachers had a privacy issue so the poster was moved into the faculty work room. School staff said when the poster was moved on Monday that it didn’t even have any Christmas cards on it.

“The decision to move the poster had nothing, absolutely nothing, at all to do with any type of religious conversation that is going on in the county,” said Marlin.

The Superintendent said the misinformation caused the school to get flooded with calls and emails of outcry.

“[I am] disappointed. We are trying hard in this community to have a good, healthy dialogue and it seems the intentional spreading of this misinformation I see it as destructive,” said Superintendent Charles Wilson.

Brooklet Elementary teacher, Becky Petkewich, said she was offended when she read the news report.

“I just couldn’t believe that someone would make up some things like that,” said Petkewich.

Petkewich said the whole situation has been misconstrued.

“The whole country now is looking at us in a negative way, that we’ve done something horrible, that we are not letting the children celebrate Christmas and that’s not what it is,” said Petkewich.

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