Every year about this time Fox News gears up for its “war on Christams” blitizkerig. The goal of this deliberate miscommunications campaign is to portray progressives as anti-Christian.
And every year, Fox News is exposed as a purveyor of this silly and false propaganda.
State Sen. Judson Hill can attest because he was dupped into believing a Fox News story that accused an elementary school in Bulloch County, Georgia with “confiscating” Christmas cards.
It turns out the Fox reporter, serial misinformer Todd Starnes, never checked with school administrators to verify the story. If he had he would have learned the cards were removed "due to a legitimate personal privacy concern," according to administrators who added, “holiday traditions and especially those of Christmas are alive and well.”
“I am disappointed in the Bulloch County Board of Education banning Christmas cards & encourage them to reverse themselves,” Tweeted Sen. Hill, who followed that one up later with, “I will explore possible legislation, if needed, to protect religious freedom of GA taxpayers in GA schools as a result of this action.”
Let’s recap: a lie presented by Fox News and re-reported by other far right wing media as fact was repeated by a Georgia elected official representing not Bulloch County but Cobb County, 200 miles away.
This is a terrific example of how the far right media noise machine works.
Misinformation, distortions and, in this case, an outright lie, is circulated because it affirms the prejudices of the Fox audience, Sen. Hill and any of his constituents who follow him.
Rest assured, the fact that the original report was blatantly false will never be corrected by Fox News (which rarely if ever corrects itself) so as far as the collective audience is concerned, it’s true.
The second problem is Hill pandering to the religious right in his Tweet, “…protect religious freedom of GA taxpayers in GA schools”?
What the heck is Hill talking about?
I’m a Georgia tax payer and I don’t want any religion in the public schools for which my tax dollars pay. There are plenty of private schools for parents who want to send their kids to classrooms where religion is part of the curriculum.
The Supreme Court ruled on this years ago. Why is Sen. Hill threatening to take the law into his own hands?