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Commentary: Broadcasters should not play with Santa Claus fantasy in newscasts

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I wish some of the broadcasters in the local TV news programs that were broadcast this past Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24th) had not played with the fantasy of Santa Claus being an actual living person (rather than an real fictional character based on an actual person no longer living) who would deliver gifts to folks around the world in one night by pretending that the "Santa Tracker" from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) was actually tracking him and telling local children who may have been watching or hearing their news programs that they should be in their beds before Santa Claus arrives in their areas or else they may not receive any gifts from him. They should be allowed to focus on providing information they honesty want their audiences to believe and let some parents deal with the fantasy of Santa Claus on their own without making it more complicated for them. I am sure the same parents would appreciate news broadcasters who present news stories or information about public events involving persons dressed as Santa Claus while stating that the persons were simply dressed as Santa Claus or playing Santa Claus and not one in the same.

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