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Esme Cribb

Esme Cribb is a newswriter for TPM in New York City. She can be found on Twitter @emquiry and reached by email at esme@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Late update Dec. 23, 8:33 a.m.: The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement late Thursday disputing that the family in question fled its home and asserting that they had instead left on a pre-planned vacation.

“News reports alleging that a Jewish family has ‘fled’ Lancaster County are untrue and damaging,” the ADL's regional director, Nancy Baron-Baer, said in the statement. “We spoke with the family, who explained that they went on a previously-planned vacation for the holidays. Stories like this can sow fear in the Jewish community and beyond, and it is important to stop the spread of misinformation."

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A Jewish family has temporarily left its Lancaster County, Pennsylvania home, citing fear of retribution after coming under fire from conservative news outlets that blamed it for the cancellation of an elementary school production of "A Christmas Carol."

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