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Thursday, December 15, 2005
The Rest of the Story
Topic: WorldNetDaily
When a news organization such as WorldNetDaily relies on press releases from conservative legal groups for articles, then fails to go beyond them, this results in a highly biased, if not basically untrue, article. And so it is with WND's reports that a Wisconsin school district had allegedly replaced "Silent Night" with a song with the same tune but different lyrics called "Cold in the Night."

WND articles on Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 on the controversy hewed closely to press releases sent out by Liberty Counsel, and WND made no effort to contact the school district for a response.

And what was the rest of the story that WND couldn't be bothered to pursue? As Think Progress
points out, the song "Cold in the Night" comes from a play the school was to perform called "The Little Tree’s Christmas Gift," about a small, lonely Christmas tree that is told it is "too scraggly, it will never sell." The tree sings the revised lyrics in a scene lamenting his sad state. The rewording has absolutely nothing to do with "secularizing" the song.

See what happens when you rely only on one side's version of the story? You don't tell the truth. WND has a problem with that.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:38 PM EST

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