According to a press release issued on Tuesday by the Brooklet Elementary School, Fox News radio host Todd Starnes reported that student Christmas cards had been removed from the school because of their Christian content, a story the school vigorously denies, claiming the story is false and misleading.
After the false Fox News report, angry Christians flooded the school with hostile, sometimes threatening, messages.
According to school officials, “Brooklet Elementary was terrorized by an intentional and vicious dissemination of untrue information” by Fox News radio host Todd Starnes. The school claims “Starnes, acting on misinformation that neither he, nor his media outlet corroborated with the school system, misreported a story about student Christmas cards being removed.”
In his report, Starnes suggested the cards were being censored because of their Christian content, and claimed the school was engaged in “Christmas card censorship.”
However, Brooklet Principal Marlin Baker told WSAV that the “censorship” charge was just not true and that Starnes didn’t bother checking the facts before publishing his report.
Starnes tall tale about a Georgia elementary school that “confiscates Christmas cards” is yet another example of right wing media promoting a false narrative that claims Christians are being persecuted in America.
In an attempt to exploit the supposed “War on Christmas,” and acting on misinformation, Starnes wrote a false and inflammatory story in order to generate anger and page views. And while Starnes was successful in generating outrage, he failed to honor the truth, and caused harm and distress to faculty and staff at a Georgia public school.