The Chicago Tribune needs to fix its dreadful kids-sing-for-Obama report. Now.

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We'll wait because this one's a whopper.

The Tribune's Mark Silva pretends the right-wing's jihad against a group of small school children who sang an Obama-inspired song is news. It's not, of course, which might be why the Tribune's Swamp blog did its best to improve the facts. I suggest the Tribune correct the false report immediately.

The blatant misinformation is found right in the headline [emphasis added]:

It was the posting of the video on YouTube that brought a school apology.

Categorically false. The school where the children sang did not issue an apology in response to yesterday's hateful online crusade. Why should it?

Here is the statement issued by the school, in its entirety. Good luck finding the "apology." Or maybe Tribune editors have special, Michelle Malkin-issued decoder glasses and can locate the mysterious apology:

Dear Burlington Township Families:

Today we became aware of a video that was placed on the internet which has been reported in the media. The video is of a class of students singing a song about President Obama. The activity took place during Black History Month in 2009, which is recognized each February to honor the contributions of African Americans to our country. Our curriculum studies, honors and recognizes those who serve our country. The recording and distribution of the class activity were unauthorized.

If you have any further questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact me or Dr. King, Principal of B. Bernice Young School, directly.

Dr. Christopher M. Manno,

UPDATED: Silva and the Tribune might also want to think about at least blurring the images of the second graders who appear on the Swamp blog, since this whole 'news' charade as been one massive invasion of their privacy.

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