The liberal “news” outlets sent around a shocking story about a Jewish family being chased out of town by Breitbart and Fox News for blaming them for shutting down an elementary school’s performance of A Christmas Carol.
Who knows? You might have seen the story. The thing is, though, it didn’t happen.
Breitbart recently reported two reasons why the Lancaster County, Pennsylvania school’s Christmas play was cancelled — it was taking up too much class time, and a pair of parents complained about the famous Dickens line, “God bless us, everyone.”
Then a local news outlet called LancasterOnline reported that a Jewish family had fled the county because they feared for their lives about being blamed for the cancellation of the elementary school’s show.
The headline read, “Jewish Family Flees Lancaster County After Fox, Breitbart Blame Them For Canceled Elementary School Christmas Play.”
This small story was, of course, found by liberal “news” outlets, and spread like wildfire to the bigger ones.
Those outlets included PennLive, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mediaite, Slate, The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post.
But a non-news outlet called the Anti-Defamation League found that the story was completely false.
The ADL’s Regional Director said:
“News reports alleging that a Jewish family has ‘fled’ Lancaster County are untrue and damaging.
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.”
And Breitbart was understandably upset about the lack of journalistic integrity on the part of LancasterOnline and the rest of the left-wing sites.
Breitbart wrote in response:
“The weakness of this story would have been immediately evident to a slightly critical editor at any of these publications. Rodriguez did not name the parents alleged to have made the complaint. She did not claim, or in any way insinuate, that those parents were Jewish.
According to the parents speaking to LancasterOnline, the parents only asked to excuse their child from participating. There is no apparent connection between their request and the alleged complaint that we reported.
Who would conclude that a family objecting to the words ‘God bless’ is Jewish rather than atheist?
By any plain reading, we gave absolutely no information that singled out this particular family — or any identifiable family — as the reason for the cancelled play.
And we did not provide any information that could be used to identify them or facilitate any harassment.
Now, how can we have ‘blamed’ a family we did not know of — or write about? The fake news crowd did not take a single second to consider that question, judging by their breathless outrage.
The supposed evidence of our misdeed is a single comment, out of over 1,200, which said someone should publish the address of the family responsible.
We do not allow doxing in our comment section and delete such messages as we become aware of them, but again, there is no reason this particular family should have taken that comment as a threat against them.
Yet the outraged left-wing authors pushing the fake narrative have only this flimsy argument of guilt by association.
Mark Joseph Stern of Slate makes his case by juxtaposing the aforementioned comment and others, as though they add up to a threat toward or identification of the family who spoke to LancasterOnline: ‘Several commenters posted the address of the school, and a self-professed white nationalist urged others to take action.’
Of course, that is a ludicrous accusation.
Since Nov. 8th, liberals have been perpetuating fear around the country that white nationalists are taking over and that Donald Trump supports them, but it just simply isn’t true.
Nearly every case reported as racist outrage was debunked as a hoax.
Don’t believe the liberal machine’s lies.