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If things on the internet are not weird enough, the story of a 5 year old dying in the arms of a volunteer Santa Claus seems to have overshadowed the scrutiny of the antics of President elect Donald Trump.

There are probably many who have seen the segment on CNN or read the story about the account of Eric Schmitt-Matzen.

It was a heart warming good news story that demonstrated there are still some good people out there.

Well, that impression changed rather quickly when someone I follow on Twitter decided to play Scrooge and cast doubt the story was real.


I responded that because an obituary did not appear in a newspaper, that did not necessarily mean the story is a hoax.

Immediately after my reply to Mr. Ziegler, I went and did a Google search of the story and found that and others had weighed in on the story and had come to the conclusion that it was disproven.

To me that did not mean the story had been proven to be a hoax but it had not been proven either. Imagine my surprise when Mr Ziegler replied with this tweet:


I marveled at the fact that Mr Ziegler happened to use the same fact checking method I generally use when checking out things like this.

What really got my attention was what he posted next:



With all of the things of more importance going on in the world, this guy spends HOURS trying to prove or disprove the story of a kid dying in the arms of Santa Claus?

I had to shake my head in wonder over the fact that this brief viral story became more important than, say, the possibility of Russia tampering with our election process to such a degree that the wrong person may have been elected President.

To me it is not as important to prove or disprove this Santa story as it is to get to the bottom of who gave the emails to Wikileaks and to answer the question once and for all, “Did a foreign power unduly influence our election process?”