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Gibson doesn't correct "My Word" segment from 11/21

Reported by Chrish - November 30, 2005

In his My Word segment of 11/21/05, John Gibson cited an example of percieved Christmas-bashing (in order to promote his ridiculous book) as charged by the Catholic League. But it turns out there was a mistake on the part of TCL and they immediately published a retraction and forwarded it to the media outlets which received the intial press release. Gibson, however, has made no such public clarification to date.

In the My Word segment Gibson said:


Here we go folks. My long-predicted war on Christmas officially begins this week, the day after Thanksgiving.

And to prove it, check this out. The Catholic League, which keeps an eye out for what it sees as bias against Christians, is decrying a decision reportedly made by officials at the Florida Gulf Coast University.

As reported by WBBH TV down there in Florida, the Florida Gulf Coast University has pulled a song from an upcoming winter concert because it mentions Christmas.

The TV station quotes University spokeswoman Susan Evans saying Christmas songs have to go because "there are so many traditions, Christmas and this time of year the Jewish (holiday) and Kwanza. There's no way we could cover them all."

I contacted Ms. Evans to alert her to the piece and ask her for a confirmation. She replied that she had had a "troubling" afternoon because of the erroneous press release and had spoken with Dr. Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League, who posted the correction within the hour. She also contacted John Gibson by e-mail, notifying him of the retraction, posted November 22, 2005 :


FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIV. CLARIFIES STORY

Catholic League president Bill Donohue issued the following remarks today regarding an earlier story involving Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU):
“After our news release on FGCU, I received a call from Susan Evans, the school’s spokesperson. She maintains that a news story on the issue of banning a Christmas song at a Christmas concert was not entirely accurate. On December 9, there will be an ‘Appreciation’ luncheon for faculty and staff where a choir will sing some songs. When a student learned that no Christmas songs would be sung, she complained to the media. The story was then picked up by the local NBC media (WBBH-TV).
“Therefore, while the school will not allow Christmas songs to be sung, it is wrong to say that such songs are being banned at a Christmas concert.
“I found Susan Evans to be honest and convincing and regret that this story was floated for several days without emendation.”

To date no clarification appears on the FOXnews.com website with the original "My Word" column.

Gibson is on vacation, apparently, so I refrained from posting about this lag in responsibility. However, in looking for the correction today I noticed that he has since posted a new "My Word" column. If he has time and resources to do that, he has time to set the record straight on this issue.

Ask Gibson to correct the record at myword@foxnews.com.

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