Yet Another Fake Story from FOX “News” that WND Posts (Part 5): Can’t Celebrate America at a School

Posted: February 20, 2014 in education, politics, racism
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After a search of my blog, this is the fifth story from Todd Starnes of FOX “News” that is fake, and yet WND has posted it as though it were real. The story this time is, “School: You Can’t Celebrate America.”

See folks, this is why critical thinking is important: This story smells fishy. It seems wrong. And when you read the three-paragraph excerpt, more red flags are raised … just kinda hairs on the back of your neck thinking, “this seems off to me.”

Students and parents at a Colorado high school are outraged after administrators turned down their request for a spirit week day honoring America because it might offend non-Americans.

“They said they didn’t want to offend anyone from other countries or immigrants,” a 16-year-old member of the student council told me. “They just really did not want to make anyone feel uncomfortable.”

The student council at Fort Collins High School had proposed having a day to celebrate the United States during next week’s Winter Spirit Week. The young people pitched “’Merica Monday” – and invited their classmates to dress in patriotic colors. Their proposal was promptly shot down by administrators.

The story was copied to WND on February 4, 2014. That same day, Right Wing Watch posted explaining, “Another School District Forced to Clarify Todd Starnes’ Misinformation. The school district issued a statement explaining that Starnes was lying (the column “could not be further from the truth”). Here is their statement:

We regret that the recent decision regarding My Country Monday was viewed as not patriotic. This could not be further from the truth. The original intent of Spirit Week at Fort Collins High School was to unify the student body.

When students first proposed Merica Monday, building administrators felt that it was against this unifying theme and disrespectful to our country. Merica is a slang term that is often used in a negative, stereotypical way to describe life in the United States. This is what led administrators to discuss alternatives with students.

We were surprised that our community interpreted these actions as anti-American. Fort Collins High School is a proud public school in America and supports many activities to celebrate this great nation. Due to this outpouring of sentiment and misinterpretation of intentions, school administrators have decided to rename the first day of Spirit Week America Day as opposed to Merica Day.

We look forward to enjoying the creativity and energy of FCHS students as they celebrate their patriotism next week.

Right Wing Watch also helpfully points out that Starnes has assured us that he is “sharing with [us] accurate information.” Un huh.

Now, some time between Feb. 16 and Feb. 18, WND took down its article rating system, so I can’t tell you anymore how much WND readers liked or disliked the snippet. I can tell you that it’s only gotten about 69 comments so far, pretty much all of them lamenting the downfall of America to the new politically correct.

I lament the downfall of America due to the idiots making things up and getting people in a tizzy over it. And idiots in general.

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