Saturday, December 10, 2011


The New York Post published an article that began with these words: “Even the Grinch wouldn’t be this mean,” and goes on to call a 2nd grade teacher a “sourpuss” because she “ruined Christmas” for her class by divulging that Santa Claus isn’t real.

It all started when, during a geography lesson on the North Pole, one of the students said, “That’s where Santa Claus lives.” At which point the teacher told the class that parents were the ones who left presents under the tree, not St. Nick.  

But what surprises me as much as the story itself is the journalism. Maybe it’s just me, but I was under the impression that reporting news should be unbiased and objective… However, I must be as na├»ve as the 2nd grade students.

Is this what they call yellow journalism, or not?  Help me out folks.

“The evil educator even told the youngsters…

“The stunning Scrooge-like behavior has caused a blizzard of outrage in the quiet George W. Miller Elementary School in Nanuet, where angry parents would like to see the teacher roasted like a chestnut over an open fire.”  {Italics mine}

Really?  This is journalism?

Now there’s a national poll asking, “Should the teacher who told her 2nd grade students there is no Santa be fired?” 

What do you think?  Should this teacher be fired?  Why or why not? 
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