What Fresh Hell Is This?

December 9, 2012

The Trib's War On Christmas Just Got Silly

This is just silly.  Take a look at what Scaife's briantrust published today:
Speaking of Corbett, a few hours after visiting the Trib last Tuesday in Pittsburgh, he and first lady Susan Corbett lighted the Christmas tree on the front steps to the state Capitol in Harrisburg, resurrecting a tradition that was scrapped in the 1980s. It’s nice to see. And do note, the tree is not called a “Holiday tree” or a “Unity tree” or a “Winter Solstice tree” or “Just a Tree So We Don’t Offend Anyone.” It’s called a “Christmas tree.” Hear! Hear! [Bolding in original.]
Now a little quasi-word association.  Given the right wing media's goofy obsession with the so-called "War on Christmas" what do you think is the point here?  What do they want you to think and not check the details on?

That Governor Corbett resurrected a Christmas tradition, right?  Right and it's an easy jump from there to assume that there was no Christmas Tree at the Capitol since the 80s, right?  Right and so it's them godless PC Democrat Party wimps that took away the Capitol Christmas Tree (or renamed it a "Winter Solstice" tree or something), right?

Wrong.  Take a look this from 2010:
The state Capitol's Christmas tree, a 21-foot Concolor, was delivered to the Capitol Rotunda this morning in Harrisburg and set up by Department of General Services staff.

The tree, from the Crystal Spring Tree Farm in Lehighton, Carbon County, was donated by the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree Growers Association. It will be decorated with 600 energy efficient LED lights and decorated with more than 300 hand-crafted ornaments from senior centers across the state.

The tree will be lighted during a noontime ceremony on Dec. 8 and remain lit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Jan. 7. [Emphasis added.]
Or this from 2008:
The Capitol Rotunda glowed much brighter today as children of Pennsylvania National Guard members helped Governor Edward G. Rendell light a more energy-efficient Christmas tree.
[Emphasis added.]
And so on.  In fact, looks like there's been a "Christmas Tree" in the Capital Rotunda going all the way back to at least 1981.

Further more, it looks to me like like the only tradition that was resurrected was that the tree was simply moved outside.  Now look again at what the Braintrust wrote.  How silly is it once you know the facts.

And they do this everyday.


1 comment:

SamStone said...

Typical half-truth. Thanks for tracking down the 'real story'.