Sunday, December 18, 2005

You Are Entering a No Fact Zone

"Can you imagine forcing little kids to sing the song not the way Irving Berlin wrote it??"

-- Bill O'Reilly, The O'Reilly Factor, 12/9/05, referring to "Silent Night", which a teacher in Wisconsin had apparently obliged children to sing as "Cold in the Night."

"Silent Night" was, in fact, written by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr, pretty much 100 years before Irving Berlin was tickling the ivories.

And I'm fairly certain the kids didn't know they weren't singing the real lyrics, so "forcing" is a really strong word.

And I think we can all agree Mr. Berlin would not have been as militant as Bill O'Reilly on the whole "Merry Christmas" thing.

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