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Hannah Montana Concert Winner Lied in Essay Describing Father's Death in Iraq
Associated Press ^ | 12/29/07 | Associated Press

Posted on 12/29/2007 7:12:07 AM PST by DFG

GARLAND, Texas — An essay that won a 6-year-old girl four tickets to a Hannah Montana concert began with the powerful line: "My daddy died this year in Iraq."

While gripping, it was not true — and now the girl may lose her tickets after her mom acknowledged to contest organizers it was all a lie.

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We live in Garland about 3 miles from the mall mentioned in this article. Garland can now be known for something else besides supposedly being the town of Arlen in "King of the Hill".

Fortunately, my smart 10 year old daughter cannot stand Hannah Montana. She has good sense.

1 posted on 12/29/2007 7:12:09 AM PST by DFG
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To: DFG

What were the RULES???

Was this an “Essay” contest?

or

Was it a “Send me your most heart rending true story.” contest?


2 posted on 12/29/2007 7:14:20 AM PST by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: DFG

3 posted on 12/29/2007 7:15:20 AM PST by redrunner (A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. -- Aesop)
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To: DFG

This is the American way unfortunately. Lie,cheat,steal and deceive. From athletes, politicians,teachers and lawyers their deception has produced an America that see’s the rewards for doing such things and America will now pay.


4 posted on 12/29/2007 7:15:32 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: DFG
I doubt the litte girl had that brain-storm all alone.

I'm sure her Code-Pink mommies offered a title and topic, probably wrote the whole thing for the 6 yr old.

5 posted on 12/29/2007 7:17:27 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: DFG
it's ok. the president once lied, and that was ok.

whatever it takes, y'know?

do I really need a sarc tag?

6 posted on 12/29/2007 7:18:07 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (whose spirit is hillary channelling these days?)
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To: DFG

AP, Rooters, CNN, et.al. are actively recruiting the girl.


7 posted on 12/29/2007 7:19:00 AM PST by randog (What the...?!)
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To: gunnedah
SOME Americans lie, cheat, steal and deceive to get their way. But it's not the American Way.

Now that we've got that taken care of...

Organizers should give the tickets to the first runner-up. Hopefully the lying mommy will learn a lesson as well as the daughter.

8 posted on 12/29/2007 7:19:05 AM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: Bosco

But wait, the lawsuit will be forthcoming... You know the rules didn’t say you couldn’t lie...


9 posted on 12/29/2007 7:21:58 AM PST by redrunner (A liar will not be believed, even when he speaks the truth. -- Aesop)
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To: redrunner
Not those Rules!
10 posted on 12/29/2007 7:23:36 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: DFG

Must be a Today Show fan.

Anything anti-Bush or anti-war moves you to the front of the line.


11 posted on 12/29/2007 7:25:35 AM PST by digger48
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To: TexasCajun

I’m with you, the 6 year old kid did not think that up. Her mother is quoted as saying she did what she needed to do to win.

I wonder if these people are legal citizens? The company needs to make an example of this sort of behavior and go to the next runner up.


12 posted on 12/29/2007 7:27:01 AM PST by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: TexasCajun
Read the article. It gets worse:

The girl won a makeover that included a blonde Hannah Montana wig, as well as the grand prize

and

"We did whatever we could do to win."

and

the company is reviewing the matter, and is considering taking away the girl's tickets.

She might get to keep the tickets but apparently she won't get to keep the wig.

13 posted on 12/29/2007 7:27:17 AM PST by foxfield
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To: DFG

She SHOULD darn well lose the tickets!


14 posted on 12/29/2007 7:27:53 AM PST by fishergirl (My warrior, my soldier, my hero - my son. God bless our troops!)
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To: DFG

I’m sure she meant “died” in the figurative sense.


15 posted on 12/29/2007 7:27:56 AM PST by colorcountry (To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: DFG

A 6-year old writing an essay should have raised the red flags....


16 posted on 12/29/2007 7:29:02 AM PST by a real Sheila (stop hillary NOW!)
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To: TexasCajun
The mother had told company officials that the girl's father died April 17 in a roadside bombing in Iraq...

"We did the essay and that's what we did to win," Priscilla Ceballos, the mother, said in an interview with Dallas TV station KDFW. "We did whatever we could do to win."

I think Miley Cyrus a.k.a. "Hannah Montana" (who is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus), is being a bit over-sold. From what I read at present she is 14 years old. I sure hope she turns out ok.

  

17 posted on 12/29/2007 7:31:59 AM PST by Screaming_Gerbil (Let's Roll...)
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To: DFG

My 8 year old son loves Hannah Montana, does that make him not smart? And pray tell, what does liking or not liking HM have to do with this issue anyway? Or did you not even read the article you posted?


18 posted on 12/29/2007 7:32:35 AM PST by safeasthebanks ("The most rewarding part, was when he gave me my money!" - Dr. Nick)
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To: DFG

nothing wrong for liking Hannah Montana. Both my nieces love her! What is wrong here is a little girl has lied to get tickets.


19 posted on 12/29/2007 7:35:49 AM PST by Halls (I'm just a gal from Texas...........)
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To: G Larry
Generally speaking those types of contests ask for a "personal story" as to why you should get the trip & tickets. So that would necessarily mean truthful.

"We regret that the original intent of the contest, which was to make a little girl's holiday extra special, has not been realized in the way we anticipated," said Mary Drolet, the CEO of Club Libby Lu.

It's a shame that woman is starting her daughter off like this. However I have to wonder at letting a 6-year old be a fan of someone with black fingernails.
20 posted on 12/29/2007 7:36:13 AM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: redrunner
If I had to choose
among the cotton candy,
I'd pass on Miley.

Young Miss Michalka
has a face that knocks me out.
That jail bait baits me . . .

21 posted on 12/29/2007 7:40:30 AM PST by theFIRMbss
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To: visualops

I tease my daughter for liking Hannah Montana. But, there are worse things a little girl could be into. I guess I can be faulted for liking Menudo when they were big or the Monkees when they had a reunion thing in ‘86. Both manufactured bands, just like Hannah Montana.


22 posted on 12/29/2007 7:41:14 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: DFG

Same deal here

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1945384/posts


23 posted on 12/29/2007 7:43:15 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Concho

Oh my achy breaky heart


24 posted on 12/29/2007 7:43:47 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: G Larry
What were the RULES???

For sure it was suppose to be written by the kid, not the kids dumb-ass mother.

25 posted on 12/29/2007 7:46:59 AM PST by org.whodat (What's the difference between a Democrat and a republican????)
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To: DFG
You guys just don't understand. What difference does it make if the girl's father literally was killed in Iraq? The important thing is that her essay brought out a larger truth and raised our consciousness.

;-)

26 posted on 12/29/2007 7:47:22 AM PST by Dr. Frank fan
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To: safeasthebanks

I read the article. The whole Hannah Montana craze is stupid. It’s hard to believe that anyone would let their kids get so carried away with a dumb TV show that they would spend hundreds of dollars for tickets to see her in person.

As for your 8 year old son, he needs to turn off the boob tube and go play outside. Good parents monitor what their kids watch on TV. Hannah Montana is garbage.


27 posted on 12/29/2007 7:49:25 AM PST by DFG
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To: DFG
..lied in Essay Describing Father's Death in Iraq....

A potential Hillary Clinton in the making...

28 posted on 12/29/2007 7:59:54 AM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: DFG

With a mother like this, I see nothing good in this little girl’s future.


29 posted on 12/29/2007 8:01:05 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: Concho

Her mother is quoted as saying she did what she needed to do to win.

What BS!! I work with 6,7, and 8 year olds and I can tell you this child did not think of this by herself. What a piece of work that mother is!!


30 posted on 12/29/2007 8:02:13 AM PST by MissEdie (On the Sixth Day God created Spurrier)
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To: TexasCajun

The handwriting was not of a 6 yr old.


31 posted on 12/29/2007 8:02:34 AM PST by chopperman
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To: Screaming_Gerbil

Ditto. But I had the same hopes for Jamie Lynn Spears when she was 14 (despite the fact that her name sounds like a porn star.)


32 posted on 12/29/2007 8:03:31 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (wee fish ewe a mare egrets moose panda hippo gnu deer)
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To: gunnedah
"We did whatever we could do to win."

The new America way.

33 posted on 12/29/2007 8:04:16 AM PST by TankerKC (You don't have to believe everything you think.)
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To: DFG; safeasthebanks
Hannah Montana is garbage.

What about it is "garbage?" I've watched with my seven year old daughter at it seems fine. Did I miss something?

34 posted on 12/29/2007 8:07:20 AM PST by TankerKC (You don't have to believe everything you think.)
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To: DFG; safeasthebanks

I’m curious - if your 10 year old hates Hannah Montana - what does interest her?

A kid liking a pop star is nothing new ... and parents finding the pop star “garbage” isn’t new either ...

Just because safeasthebanks son likes something on television doesn’t mean he’s not outside playing...

For pete’s sake - your strong opinion about a kids show is rather silly ...

As to the incident with a 6 year old writing the essay - no WAY this kid did it on her own ... for that matter the kid may not have known that her mom wrote it ... though I do think they should take the tickets away - and for that matter hold the mom responsible and make her pay for any other gifts she may have gotten in the win.


35 posted on 12/29/2007 8:12:00 AM PST by pamlet
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To: DFG

Six year olds do not write “essays”. Methinks it was the Mom who lied.


36 posted on 12/29/2007 8:12:06 AM PST by Lorianne
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To: Screaming_Gerbil
I sure hope she turns out ok.

P < .05

37 posted on 12/29/2007 8:12:38 AM PST by Jim Noble (Trails of trouble, roads of battle, paths of victory we shall walk.)
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To: DFG

Hannah Montana is a marketing entity. Witness the scads of marketing tie-ins to this ‘personality’. She is not a celebrity, she is a sales gimmick meant to milk parents of their money to the tune of millions of dollars.

It works!


38 posted on 12/29/2007 8:15:57 AM PST by Lorianne
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To: DFG

Now they are teaching 6 year olds to cheat and lie to win.


39 posted on 12/29/2007 8:17:40 AM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: Halls

Exactly.


40 posted on 12/29/2007 8:20:11 AM PST by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: Lorianne
So is High School Musical and any of the Disney venue. Parents have the choice on whether to buy the products or not. I said my daughter likes Hannah Montana, but *gasp* she doesn't own anything that's related to it. She just likes to watch the show an listen to her on Radio Disney. Although, if I had been hired to my current job a month earlier (ushering at a theatre), I am sure my daughter would have been asking if com tickets were available. :D
41 posted on 12/29/2007 8:21:14 AM PST by HungarianGypsy
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To: DFG
If the girl was older I’d let her keep the tickets and even invite her up on the stage during the concert. Once she’s on the stage give her a mic and ask her to tell everyone why she lied about her father's death. I suppose she’d need to be 10(?) for that to be appropriate, though.
42 posted on 12/29/2007 8:21:38 AM PST by LoneBugle
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To: G Larry
I agree, what were the rules for the essay?

Was fiction allowed or was it a non-fiction essay contest?

Would be interesting to read the original rules.

43 posted on 12/29/2007 8:23:11 AM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (To Err Is Human. To Arr is Pirate. To Unnngh! is Freeper.)
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To: DFG

6 year olds should go back to being 6 year olds. When does childhood end, now-a-days? There’s plenty of time ahead for this fluff — IMMHO.


44 posted on 12/29/2007 8:25:11 AM PST by Exit148 (Founder of the Loose Change Club. Every nickle and dime counts!!)
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To: DFG
"As for your 8 year old son, he needs to turn off the boob tube and go play outside."

The six-year-old son of an extended family member (happily very extended) is permitted to wear a Hanna Montana wig and has a collection of dolls to play with. I had the unhappy experience of observing this during the Christmas season.

I privately inquired about this to other family members and was told that the child's father has attempted to end this activity and that the mother becomes enraged when he intervenes. I am in my upper senior years and will probably not live to see how this plays out. I'm no prophet, but I believe that I know the outcome.

45 posted on 12/29/2007 8:36:55 AM PST by davisfh
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To: DFG
Ah, the things we do for our kids! I'm one of those parents that shelled out $250 for four Hannah Montana concert tickets. I would have gladly paid $200 more. The show was clean, the music was pretty good for bubble gum pop and my girls had a blast.

The Hannah Montana craze is as stupid as any craze out there is. As for good parents monitoring what they watch - what exactly have you seen on her television show that needs monitoring? It's the cleanest show I've seen on t.v.

Now, stop playing the parent police because it's sounds to me like you need to loosen up a bit and let your kids (if you have any) have some fun.

46 posted on 12/29/2007 8:44:20 AM PST by TightyRighty
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To: org.whodat

Oh...I’m sure THAT rule was strictly followed!/sarc


47 posted on 12/29/2007 8:45:21 AM PST by G Larry (HILLARY CARE = DYING IN LINE!)
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To: DFG

“may”


48 posted on 12/29/2007 8:48:17 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (If Hillary is elected, her legacy will be telling the American people: Better put some ice on that.)
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To: DFG

Because YOU think Hannah Montana is garbage all the rest of us are bad parents because we don’t make a big deal over it? It’s a kids show, geared towards kids.

My youngest son (11) loves Miami Ink, according to your logic, he has must be as dumb as a stump and I need to be in jail for child abuse.


49 posted on 12/29/2007 8:57:40 AM PST by panthermom (DUNCAN HUNTER 2008)
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To: All
At the age of twelve, Miley beat out over a thousand other girls for the Hannah spot. She is quite a performer, and learned how to be that way by touring many years with her father. Go Miley!
50 posted on 12/29/2007 8:57:52 AM PST by bennowens
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