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From Slate:

Jewish Family Flees County After Fox News, Breitbart Falsely Blame It for Cancellation of Christmas Play By

by Mark Joseph Stern

A Jewish family whose child attends an elementary school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania has fled the county out of fear for its safety following false reports on Fox News and Breitbart implying that the family forced the school to cancel a Christmas play.

Does that sound plausible? My thought was: I bet instead the family left the country on a planned vacation.

And, sure enough, from the Anti-Defamation League:

ADL Calls Reports of Family Fleeing Lancaster County, PA “Untrue and Damaging”

Philadelphia, PA, December 22, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), like many, read many numerous local and national news stories reporting that a Jewish family allegedly “fled” Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The reports claimed that the family feared retribution after being wrongfully blamed for the cancellation of the school production of A Christmas Carol. ADL investigated, and found that in actuality, the family left on vacation for winter break.

“News reports alleging that a Jewish family has ‘fled’ Lancaster County are untrue and damaging,” said Nancy Baron-Baer, ADL Regional Director. “We spoke with the family, who explained that they went on a previously-planned vacation for the holidays. Stories like this can sow fear in the Jewish community and beyond, and it is important to stop the spread of misinformation.

“There is no truth to the rumor that the school cancelled A Christmas Carol at the request of parents. The Hempfield School District released a FAQ clearly stating that the play was cancelled due to the inordinate amount of class time taken up by rehearsals. We commend the district for setting the record straight.”

When the ADL is the voice of calm reason, you know the corporate media’s Fake News mania has gotten out of control.

 
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  1. Slate’s getting mighty ballsy. A photo caption in the linked article reads: “Steve Bannon, white nationalist and former Breitbart News head…” They’re not even bothering with half-hearted allegeds anymore.

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  2. Anon says: • Disclaimer
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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    I noticed they managed to shoe-horn in a photo of Richard Spencer Sieg Heiling. Except that he wasn't; he was waving at jeering protesters in the back of the room. Not that I expected The Daily Beast to be honest.
    , @Laugh Track
    I was impressed that the Daily Beast wrote:

    But given Kouprianova’s work with Dugin, her writings for America’s most prominent white nationalist journal runs counter to those claims
     
    without ever noting the actual name of that "prominent white nationalist journal".

    That's journalism today: deliver the slur without including accompanying facts. Nice.

    Some of us are noticing. Tens of millions noticed enough to elect Trump. Coincidence?

  3. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Yeah, a Jewish family chased out of town by Santa’s elves doesn’t sound plausible in our world.

    But a Christian business ruined by homos… that is more like it.

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    • Replies: @Jefferson
    "Yeah, a Jewish family chased out of town by Santa’s elves doesn’t sound plausible in our world.

    But a Christian business ruined by homos… that is more like it."

    Anon stop deflecting and start blaming Slate.
  4. syonredux says:

    Off-topic,

    We seem to be reaching peak toxicity….

    From the comments on the new SF flick, Passengers:

    I thought so too. I also thought that in depriving Aurora of any out, she was basically faced with the impossible choice of either living alone for the rest of her life (something she, I think, found hard to do) or compromising and trying to salvage some semblance of a life out of the pile of shit that Jim made of it. But now I’m wondering if I imagined that because I’m a guy and it was easier for me to move past the toxicity.

    I don’t doubt the story is interesting. But the movie apparently plays out that story in the grossest and most toxic way

    Now I don’t know whether I was blind to just how toxic and unfixable the story

    http://birthmoviesdeath.com/2016/12/22/passengers-review-somewhere-between-tedious-and-deeply-upsetting

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  5. Anon says: • Disclaimer

    Some good news. The author of the words below is still in the USA — and there’s no chance he/she/ze loses his/her/zir job(s).

    Right now I’m full of rage and guilt – it’s all my fault! For not listening to myself. For refusing to know what I knew, that their grudge would beat our demographics. Take that Rachel Maddow!

    NOT HAVING “SOLUTIONS” TO CONFRONTING THE RECKLESS LOCOMOTIVE ISN’T SUCH A BAD PLACE TO BE. Wandering lost in a palace of illusions is a little bruising – you keep bumping your knee against sharp-edged old assumptions. But I’d rather have a skinned knee than fall victim to what some of us are doing now, trying to “understand”, or better yet empathize, with the people who are beating us up.

    (Bernie Sanders and I are both from the Jewish working class. But he won’t like the rest of this.)

    In coming days we “liberal coastal elites” will need all our arrogance and self confidence. To hell with the deplorables. They hate us and only want revenge, on us and as it will turn out, themselves.

    Don’t cede an inch to the ignoramii. We will claw back our gains despite them. Half the country declared war on us who live in the other half. Us is multi-colored multi-sexed multi anything else we can think of.

    Embrace our elitism. We’re smart, we’re as potentially nimble as Harrison Ford escaping the Death Train, and we own the keys to the kingdom of science and rationality.

    Nuts to the fucked over flyovers. We’re fucked, too.

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  6. Jefferson says:
    @Anon
    Yeah, a Jewish family chased out of town by Santa's elves doesn't sound plausible in our world.

    But a Christian business ruined by homos... that is more like it.

    “Yeah, a Jewish family chased out of town by Santa’s elves doesn’t sound plausible in our world.

    But a Christian business ruined by homos… that is more like it.”

    Anon stop deflecting and start blaming Slate.

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    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
    What did he write that was factually incorrect? I'm not aware of him having written anything wrong.

    "Anon stop deflecting and start blaming Slate."

    "Slate is trying to start a Jew vs Christian war to deflect from Muslims behaving badly."

    And what is the dominant group that writes for Slate?
  7. Jefferson says:

    Slate is trying to start a Jew vs Christian war to deflect from Muslims behaving badly.

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  8. SFG says:

    Interestingly when I read the Breitbart comments it was about evenly split between people assuming Muslims and atheists were behind it.

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    • Replies: @Desiderius
    Behind what? every major media company deciding to hire a bunch of hall monitors right off the turnip truck to write all their articles?
  9. @SFG
    Interestingly when I read the Breitbart comments it was about evenly split between people assuming Muslims and atheists were behind it.

    Behind what? every major media company deciding to hire a bunch of hall monitors right off the turnip truck to write all their articles?

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  10. utu says:

    “Two parents at a Pennsylvania elementary school reportedly objected to a famous line in Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, leading the principal to cancel its Christmas play.

    However, Abby Huntsman reported that officials at Centerville Elementary School in East Hempfield Township said they dropped the play from their schedule because it takes too much time out of teaching academics.

    But, Huntsman said the unnamed parents objected to Tiny Tim’s famous “God Bless us, everyone” phrase in the 19th Century classic.”

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2016/12/18/centerville-christmas-carol-play-ended-parents-object-god-bless-us-lancaster

    “Both the family and the school say the accusations are not true. According to Paskoff and reports in the Lancaster media, the family asked only that its son not be required to participate in the play, which Lancaster Online said has been a tradition at the school for more than three decades.”

    http://www.jta.org/2016/12/22/news-opinion/united-states/jewish-family-leaves-pennsylvania-city-after-being-blamed-for-christmas-play-cancellation

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  11. snorlax says:

    In very limited fairness, Fox and Breitbart ran their “ZOMG War on Christmas!” articles* even after the school district had said the cancellation wasn’t because of parent complaints. I enjoy hoisting the leftist media on their own “fake news” petard as much as anyone, but this case looks like a bit of a wash at best.

    *Which, at least in their current state, don’t specifically name anyone as a complainant.

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  12. With all the fake hate crimes lately like made up burka pullings and KKK graffiti, I think the Jews were feeling left out.

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  13. Svigor says:

    The reports claimed that the family feared retribution after being wrongfully blamed for the cancellation of the school production of A Christmas Carol. ADL investigated, and found that in actuality, the family left on vacation for winter break.

    So, a Jewish family leaves town, somebody speculates that they left because Cossacks, and this is enough to make the “news.” No need to get confirmation that they even have the supposed fears, never mind confirmation that their fears are valid, and not just a bunch of neurotic nonsense.

    Let me put that another way: it would be bad enough, if Big Media simply took a Jewish family’s word for it, that they were leaving town because Cossacks. But it’s a whole ‘nother level of lying to not even get a quote from the family, before publishing.

    It’s probably way past time to start reining these slanderous, lying hacks with some lawfare.

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  14. To be fair, every Jew in history who has ever moved from one country to another has “fled”. There is no known case of emmigration for more mundane reasons.

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  15. Mr. Anon says:
    @Jefferson
    "Yeah, a Jewish family chased out of town by Santa’s elves doesn’t sound plausible in our world.

    But a Christian business ruined by homos… that is more like it."

    Anon stop deflecting and start blaming Slate.

    What did he write that was factually incorrect? I’m not aware of him having written anything wrong.

    “Anon stop deflecting and start blaming Slate.”

    “Slate is trying to start a Jew vs Christian war to deflect from Muslims behaving badly.”

    And what is the dominant group that writes for Slate?

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  16. JohnnyD says:

    A Jewish woman and her three children were harassed today on an airplane. But since the Jewish woman was Trump’s daughter, and the harassers were two gay Jewish guys, the media wasn’t that interested…

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  17. Mr. Anon says:
    @Anon
    Lookie! Russianism is an idea too.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/20/meet-the-moscow-mouthpiece-married-to-a-racist-alt-right-boss.html

    I noticed they managed to shoe-horn in a photo of Richard Spencer Sieg Heiling. Except that he wasn’t; he was waving at jeering protesters in the back of the room. Not that I expected The Daily Beast to be honest.

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  18. I’m sorry but there has to be more to it than this. This play has been a tradition for more than 30 years. In September, the Jewish parents asked and received permission for their child not to participate. Then, all of a sudden, in November, the school system decides that they don’t want to spend the 15-20 hours of “instructional time” required to put on the play because that would “put them behind in preparing for 6th grade. The Philly Inquirer wrote:

    “The Hempfield School District addressed the controversy last week, saying that the fifth-grade production of A Christmas Carol was canceled because the district could not afford the 15 to 20 hours of instructional time outside the classroom — and not because of complaints about the line “God bless us, every one!” PennLive reported.”

    The elementary school principal was quoted directly by Fox News as saying, “The teachers agreed that they did not want our students to be put at a disadvantage relative to their peers from other schools in preparation for 6th grade; therefore, the play was cancelled. In addition to focusing on high quality instruction, our decision is rooted in the desire to be respectful of the many cultural and religious backgrounds represented by the students attending Centerville Elementary.

    So the principal is admitting that something other than the cost in instructional hours was part of the decision to cancel. Sounds to me like Jewish complaints did play some sort of role in this, and now everyone is scrambling to cover it up. I would guess that the Jews argued that the play should not take up instructional time or something like that. It’s also quite possible that the teachers of today are just not that motivated to carry on the tradition.

    Interesting too that a reporter for Lancaster.com actually spoke to the Jewish parents and came away with the “fleeing” impression as well.

    All in all, a typical example of feckless, craven behavior by all concerned. But since there is no media willing to dig into what actually happened, we’ll never know.

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    • Agree: Opinionator, jack ryan
    • Replies: @Alec Leamas
    I was about to write something like this but I think you covered my suspicions/inferences quite well.

    Additionally, why would it be considered a waste of instructional time and resources for the kids to learn a great work of one of the seminal authors of English Literature of the Victorian age? Why not just count it as instruction in English Literature?

    I smell a fish/rat too.
    , @IHTG
    "All of a sudden" = more than a month?
  19. @Anon
    Lookie! Russianism is an idea too.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/12/20/meet-the-moscow-mouthpiece-married-to-a-racist-alt-right-boss.html

    I was impressed that the Daily Beast wrote:

    But given Kouprianova’s work with Dugin, her writings for America’s most prominent white nationalist journal runs counter to those claims

    without ever noting the actual name of that “prominent white nationalist journal”.

    That’s journalism today: deliver the slur without including accompanying facts. Nice.

    Some of us are noticing. Tens of millions noticed enough to elect Trump. Coincidence?

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  20. Hmm . . . Jewish family flees persecution to nearby BETHLEHEM, Lehigh County on the eve of the eve of Christmas Eve?

    I sense a troll within a troll here.

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  21. @Oscar Peterson
    I'm sorry but there has to be more to it than this. This play has been a tradition for more than 30 years. In September, the Jewish parents asked and received permission for their child not to participate. Then, all of a sudden, in November, the school system decides that they don't want to spend the 15-20 hours of "instructional time" required to put on the play because that would "put them behind in preparing for 6th grade. The Philly Inquirer wrote:

    "The Hempfield School District addressed the controversy last week, saying that the fifth-grade production of A Christmas Carol was canceled because the district could not afford the 15 to 20 hours of instructional time outside the classroom -- and not because of complaints about the line "God bless us, every one!" PennLive reported."

    The elementary school principal was quoted directly by Fox News as saying, "The teachers agreed that they did not want our students to be put at a disadvantage relative to their peers from other schools in preparation for 6th grade; therefore, the play was cancelled. In addition to focusing on high quality instruction, our decision is rooted in the desire to be respectful of the many cultural and religious backgrounds represented by the students attending Centerville Elementary."

    So the principal is admitting that something other than the cost in instructional hours was part of the decision to cancel. Sounds to me like Jewish complaints did play some sort of role in this, and now everyone is scrambling to cover it up. I would guess that the Jews argued that the play should not take up instructional time or something like that. It's also quite possible that the teachers of today are just not that motivated to carry on the tradition.

    Interesting too that a reporter for Lancaster.com actually spoke to the Jewish parents and came away with the "fleeing" impression as well.

    All in all, a typical example of feckless, craven behavior by all concerned. But since there is no media willing to dig into what actually happened, we'll never know.

    I was about to write something like this but I think you covered my suspicions/inferences quite well.

    Additionally, why would it be considered a waste of instructional time and resources for the kids to learn a great work of one of the seminal authors of English Literature of the Victorian age? Why not just count it as instruction in English Literature?

    I smell a fish/rat too.

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  22. snorlax says:

    A better “War on Christmas” story[1] is the one from a couple years ago where the town of Belmont[2] here in MA (briefly) cancelled a 2nd grade field trip to see The Nutcracker, following parent[3] complaints about its Christmas theme.

    Snatching culture away from the little tykes is pretty outrageous even to most liberals; hence the un-cancellation.

    [1] With a better Jewish angle, if you’re into pushing that sort of thing.
    [2] Extremely affluent; it’s where Mitt Romney used to live. Neither here nor there, but it’s also where the John Birch Society used to be headquartered.
    [3] Almost certainly Jewish, given the town’s demographics.

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    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican

    In very limited fairness, Fox and Breitbart ran their “ZOMG War on Christmas!” articles even after the school district had said [my emphasis] the cancellation wasn’t because of parent complaints.
     
    You’re kidding, right? Savvier administrators/bureaucrats will try to float a BS “logistical” reason for dropping a suddenly ‘problematic’ tradition. Only a dummy’s going to reveal “A Jewish family threatened us with an ACLU lawsuit.”

    A better “War on Christmas” story is the one from a couple years ago where the town of Belmont here in MA (briefly) cancelled a 2nd grade field trip to see The Nutcracker, following parent complaints about its Christmas theme.
     
    Similar to significantly Jewish Lexington next door:

    Some unnamed “school advisors” decided that a student-voted “American Pride” themed school dance be changed to “National Pride” inclusive of “different nationalities.” There was a student backlash, and the superintendent dissembled about what happened.
  23. IHTG says:
    @Oscar Peterson
    I'm sorry but there has to be more to it than this. This play has been a tradition for more than 30 years. In September, the Jewish parents asked and received permission for their child not to participate. Then, all of a sudden, in November, the school system decides that they don't want to spend the 15-20 hours of "instructional time" required to put on the play because that would "put them behind in preparing for 6th grade. The Philly Inquirer wrote:

    "The Hempfield School District addressed the controversy last week, saying that the fifth-grade production of A Christmas Carol was canceled because the district could not afford the 15 to 20 hours of instructional time outside the classroom -- and not because of complaints about the line "God bless us, every one!" PennLive reported."

    The elementary school principal was quoted directly by Fox News as saying, "The teachers agreed that they did not want our students to be put at a disadvantage relative to their peers from other schools in preparation for 6th grade; therefore, the play was cancelled. In addition to focusing on high quality instruction, our decision is rooted in the desire to be respectful of the many cultural and religious backgrounds represented by the students attending Centerville Elementary."

    So the principal is admitting that something other than the cost in instructional hours was part of the decision to cancel. Sounds to me like Jewish complaints did play some sort of role in this, and now everyone is scrambling to cover it up. I would guess that the Jews argued that the play should not take up instructional time or something like that. It's also quite possible that the teachers of today are just not that motivated to carry on the tradition.

    Interesting too that a reporter for Lancaster.com actually spoke to the Jewish parents and came away with the "fleeing" impression as well.

    All in all, a typical example of feckless, craven behavior by all concerned. But since there is no media willing to dig into what actually happened, we'll never know.

    “All of a sudden” = more than a month?

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  24. @snorlax
    A better "War on Christmas" story[1] is the one from a couple years ago where the town of Belmont[2] here in MA (briefly) cancelled a 2nd grade field trip to see The Nutcracker, following parent[3] complaints about its Christmas theme.

    Snatching culture away from the little tykes is pretty outrageous even to most liberals; hence the un-cancellation.

    [1] With a better Jewish angle, if you're into pushing that sort of thing.
    [2] Extremely affluent; it's where Mitt Romney used to live. Neither here nor there, but it's also where the John Birch Society used to be headquartered.
    [3] Almost certainly Jewish, given the town's demographics.

    In very limited fairness, Fox and Breitbart ran their “ZOMG War on Christmas!” articles even after the school district had said [my emphasis] the cancellation wasn’t because of parent complaints.

    You’re kidding, right? Savvier administrators/bureaucrats will try to float a BS “logistical” reason for dropping a suddenly ‘problematic’ tradition. Only a dummy’s going to reveal “A Jewish family threatened us with an ACLU lawsuit.”

    A better “War on Christmas” story is the one from a couple years ago where the town of Belmont here in MA (briefly) cancelled a 2nd grade field trip to see The Nutcracker, following parent complaints about its Christmas theme.

    Similar to significantly Jewish Lexington next door:

    Some unnamed “school advisors” decided that a student-voted “American Pride” themed school dance be changed to “National Pride” inclusive of “different nationalities.” There was a student backlash, and the superintendent dissembled about what happened.

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  25. anon says: • Disclaimer

    The Jewish parents probably did complain despite the fact they were going on vacation anyway (more or a less a definition of chutzpah) and the school dropped it accordingly.

    The principal probably caved and then back tracked when it went public.

    However underlying this is the disconnect caused by having teachers poisoned by cultural marxism in teacher education. They *want* to scrap everything related to Christianity and tradition and so are eager to jump on any excuse provided.

    The “fleeing” nonsense is probably the usual “Jew cries out as he kicks you” smoke screen – chutzpah again.

    I wouldn’t mind so much if it was genuinely secular but it’s not – the same people fall over themselves to push for things like Muslim prayer rooms and celebrating other religion’s holidays – it’s purely anti-Christian.

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