Todd Starnes is a good deep fried, racist, homophobic son of the South who loves Jesus. And as a part of the Fox News official war on Christmas brigade, he is always on the alert for any and all offenses to the Baby Jesus. But despite his deep religiosity (ahem), he has a problem with the Commandment that says something about not lying because Toddles, as the movie line goes, just can't handle the truth. His recent scorching expose was all about how a Georgia school, OMG, confiscated Christmas cards, done by students and posted outside classrooms. But it turns out that Starnes story about this latest attack on Christianity was just more Southern fried crap. And thanks to good Christian Starnes and his army of good Christian soldiers, the school had to put up with even more crap.
The backstory is here. It includes this statement from the principal: "Unfortunately, today the school was terrorized by an intentional and vicious dissemination of untrue information that disrupted the good work going on inside. Fox News Radio Commentary Host Todd Starnes, acting on misinformation that neither he, nor his media outlet corroborated with the school system or Baker, misreported a story about student Christmas Cards being removed from the school. Baker did not receive any questions from the local community either..."
Toddles original story still stands with a brief statement from the school which shows that Starnes anecdotal "research" was poor in that it hardly provides the full explanation that the principal provided to local media. No apology for the harassment which the school experienced.
But Jesus loves Toddles, yes he does.
Maybe we could persuade the evil Obama to show them what REAL persecution is like. Starting with a forcible takeover of the FoxNetworks and a deportation of Rupert Murdoch and a confiscation of all the company’s property and bank accounts. Then, we could have all the “reporters” on the network locked up indefinitely with no access to lawyers and all FoxNoise programming redirected by the FCC to CNN or MSNBC or (shudder) Al Jazeera America. Then, after they’ve spent, oh one or two years (minimum) in “police custody,” they can be released but put under surveillance and monitored with the possibility of rearrest turned into a genuine likelihood for no real reason.
Maybe with a few years of being treated like people who are TRULY persecuted by other governments around the world, these blowhards might not be quite as willing to use the “persecution” meme just because people don’t bow down to the blowhards’ whims.
(All of the above in lieu of someone’s developing a workable TARDIS or WABAC machine and depositing these jerks into appropriate historical eras and places when their viewpoints wouldn’t be so welcome. I’d enjoy seeing how “good Irish Catholic” Bill O’Reilly would fare in Puritan Plymouth or in Elizabethan England. And I’m not sure he’d do very well even in some Catholic authoritarian places like Richelieu’s France, given Bill’s dislike of all things French.)