Todd Starnes still either does not understand, or does not care, that whenever he fishes something out of his toilet and calls it journalism, people are still going to recognize what it really is by the smell.
Like many other religious authoritarians masquerading as journalists, Starnes has jumped on the yearly "War on Christmas" charade. And, as is customary for Starnes, he did so with a Fox News report that is completely fabricated.
Specifically, Starnes reported on Brooket Elementary School in Georgia, where he claimed a usual display of Christmas cards had been taken down and the cards confiscated.
"When boys and girls returned from Thanksgiving break, they discovered that their teachers' Christmas cards had been removed — under orders from the Georgia school's administration," claims Starnes.
"Robb Kicklighter's wife is a third grade teacher at the school. He said many teachers are disgruntled by the school’s decision to confiscate the Christmas cards.
"'They took down the cards so the kids can't see them,' he told me. 'Some of the cards had the word 'Christmas' and some had Nativity scenes.'"
Once again, Starnes' claims are total crap.
The Christmas card display had not been removed. It had been relocated to the office work room.
The cards were not, as Starnes implies, from the students. They were personal family Christmas cards that the faculty were sharing with each other.
Finally, they were not moved on orders by the school's administration. They were asked to be moved by a school staff member over personal privacy. The administration did not elaborate except to say that it involved the staff member's children as depicted in a card.
All of this could have been clarified had Starnes actually bothered to do something that he should have been taught to do in high school: Check his sources. In the press release from the school district, it is noted that Starnes never once attempted to contact them to confirm the allegations.
This is not the first time Starnes has been called out for fraudulent journalism. He is a serial offender and cannot chalk this up to simple carelessness or stupidity.
This is blatant fraud. And by engaging in such over and over again, both Starnes and the networks that employ him are signalling that they don't give a flying crap who knows.