As NORAD Tracks Santa, critics track NORAD

DENVER (AP) — The U.S. and Canadian military’s beloved Santa Tracker is facing something new this year — public criticism.

A children’s advocacy group said an animated video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website injects militarism into Christmas by showing fighter jets escorting Santa’s sleigh.

It’s a rare swipe at the popular Christmas Eve program that gives second-by-second updates on Santa’s global whScreen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.58.56 PMereabouts.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command defended the video as non-threatening and safe for kids.

The kerfuffle erupted two weeks ago when the Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood said the video brings violence and militarism to a beloved tradition. Blogs and Twitter lit up with volleys from both sides.

Coalition officials said it’s a “media-manufactured controversy.” They say they hadn’t even known about the video until reporters called.

  • jacob

    what in the world will they think of next. let it alone people. more important things in life than worrying about stuff like this.

  • WeeTodd

    Don’t make a SNAFU out of a “kerfuffle”.

  • Uncle Thomas

    “Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood”…let me know how this works out.

  • redneck idiot

    so what we replace the fighter jets with photos of king obamy?