Obama, FCC Fine ABC for “A Charlie Brown Christmas”-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Reports have gone viral that President Obama and/or the FCC have fined ABC for airing “A Charlie Brown Christmas” because non-Christians might find it offensive.
A fake news website is behind false reports that the FCC fined ABC for airing “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
The fake news website National Report falsely reported in December 2014 that ABC had been fined for airing “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” According to the report, which is headlined, “Obama Fines ABC for Broadcasting Charlie Brown Christmas; FCC Cites Christian Bias” the penalty had “quietly been inserted” into a $1.1 trillion spending bill:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal Communications Commission, acting on an executive order issued by Barack Obama, fined the ABC television network for airing A Charlie Brown Christmas, because several overtly Christian references were found to be “potentially damaging, offensive and exclusionary” to non-Christians, according to a Commission spokesperson.
The FCC’s Board of Directors – all Obama appointees – quietly inserted the penalty notification as an addendum to last week’s $1.1 trillion spending bill vote in Congress.
The 1965 animated holiday favorite came under fire from Islamic and other non-Christian organizations that petitioned for equal network time to air alternative religious programming or none at all during the traditional holiday season. The original request calling for “affirmatively active non-Christian and/or non-denominational programming” was submitted to the network in 2009, with no movement taking place until this year.
Although the report was published in 2014, it also went viral after ABC aired “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in 2015. National Report is well known for publishing fake or parodied news reports, but, taken out of context, many people were duped into believing that the report was true.