December 8, 2005, - 3:22 pm

Target Update: More on No “Merry Christmas” @ Retailer (& Again, Why You Can’t Believe Snopes)

By Debbie Schlussel
Earlier this week, we detailed the Target policy prohibiting employees from saying “Merry Christmas” to customers–at risk of losing their jobs. This policy was relayed to us by Target employees, yet some readers at other websites cast doubt on the veracity of our reporting.
Now comes another piece of evidence. Wall Street Journal business columnist Alan Murray, in his yesterday column (we can’t link because it’s only for subscribers), entitled, “Christian Conservatives Test Boardroom Clout,” details Target’s policy of “declining to use the word ‘Christmas’ in any of its promotions,” this Holiday season. The article mentions an American Family Association boycott of Target because of this and details how Target is basically giving a giant “F-U” to the AFA and anyone else who complains about this, “refusing to deal with [them].” This graphic appeared in the print edition of Murray’s Wall Street Journal column.

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Again, keep this in mind when doing your Christmas and everyday shopping. And when consulting liberal-minded, self-anointed urban legend “debunker” Snopes, which goes out of its way to give Target the kosher seal of approval on this issue (falsely claiming it’s not true.)

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The Snopes article on Target does not claim that it is false (or true) that Target has banned employees from using the word “Christmas” with customers. Furthremore, http://www.snopes.com/info/faq.asp has this to say about their status as a so-called official debunker of myth:
Q: How do I know the information you’ve presented is accurate?
A: We don’t expect anyone to accept us as the ultimate authority on any topic, which is why our site’s name indicates that it contains reference pages. Unlike the plethora of anonymous individuals who create and send the unsigned, unsourced e-mail messages that are forwarded all over the Internet, we show our work. The research materials we’ve used in the preparation of any particular page are listed in the bibliography displayed at the bottom of that page so that readers who wish to verify the validity of our information may check those sources for themselves.
The reason snopes.com is so popular is becuase they are hardly biased and usually get it right.

Dairenn on December 8, 2005 at 9:13 pm

More On Target & Christmas

After Debbie Schlussel’s initial report, some cast doubt on her report on Target store employees not being allowed to say “Merry Christmas” to customers simply because she’s appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show. Fortunately,

Dean's World on December 9, 2005 at 7:57 am

The strange thing about this policy is that the target TV ads are clearly targeted towards Christmas. The last one I saw had Christmas trees with presents underneath and other obvious nods towards Christmas.

Clompo on December 9, 2005 at 9:38 am

One more reason why I don’t darking Target’s door.

KrnHwll on December 9, 2005 at 5:32 pm

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