Tuesday, December 30, 2008

God is Dead, and Santa Has a Suspicious Rash

From Al's Morning Meeting, a feature of PoynterOnline. Can't believe I missed it.

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Why It's Difficult for Journalists to Report on Santa Claus
This week, the Chicago Tribune published an online column by health and fitness reporter Julie Deardorff, but decided not to publish it in the paper.

The reason: The column was titled "Mommy, is there a Santa Claus?," and the paper didn't want little kids to read it.

The column tells the struggle of Deardorff and her husband trying to come to terms with what they should tell their son about Santa. The online version of the story begins with a warning in red font.

Read on to find out more about reporting on Santa.
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