Santa Troubled By Epidemic of Fake News

By Santa's Little Helper

Because he covers the globe in a single night delivering toys to children, Santa Claus knows it’s important to stay on top of the news. But he says much of what he’s seeing these days is more naughty than nice.

“What’s the deal with all this fake news?” said Claus. “It’s getting to the point where you don’t know what’s real and what’s not real anymore."

In a wide-ranging exclusive interview with Oratorio via Skype from the North Pole, Claus zeroed in on a troubling trend: the proliferation of Web sites and other social media platforms that purport to deliver truthful information that is, in fact, baloney. 

“I checked Facebook this morning and there was some article on there about climate change being a hoax. Listen, I’ve seen every inch of this planet, and I’ll tell you, we’re warming up, people!”

Claus says the best thing we all can do this holiday season is treat what we see online with a healthy dose of skepticism. Don’t rely on a single source of information. Read widely. As they say in journalism school, don’t just assume it’s true - check it out.

“I saw somebody on CNN saying there’s no such thing as facts anymore. Oh really? Here’s a fact for you right here! I’m Santa Claus! I’m coming down your chimney, and I’m expecting cookies and milk!"

With that, our conversation with Claus abruptly ended - he said his Internet connection isn’t so great at The North Pole, and the cable guy who was supposed to show up between 8 and 11 yesterday still hasn’t.