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.
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.