Thursday, June 22, 2017

Huffington Post:
"... this month the Public Broadcasting System is broadcasting a 'documentary' that tells a one-sided story, the story that Betsy DeVos herself would tell, based on the work of free-market advocate Andrew Coulson. Author of 'Market Education,' Coulson narrates 'School, Inc.,' a three-hour program, which airs this month nationwide in three weekly broadcasts on PBS. ...

What [viewers] will not see or hear is the other side of the story. ... Advocates of the privatization movement like DeVos claim that nonpublic schools will 'save poor children from failing public schools,' but independent researchers have recently concurred that vouchers actually have had a negative effect on students in the District of Columbia, Indiana, Louisiana, and Ohio. Charters, at best, have a mixed record, and many are known for excluding children with disabilities and English language learners and for pushing out students who are troublesome.

I googled the funders and discovered that the lead funder [of the PBS documentary] is the Rose Mary and Jack Anderson Foundation, a very conservative foundation ... which advocates for vouchers. Other contributors to Donors Trust include the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity and the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation. In other words, this program is paid propaganda. It does not search for the truth. It does not present opposing points of view. It is an advertisement for the demolition of public education and for an unregulated free market in education.

-->The shame of PBS selling its airtime to the far right and its corporate think tanks that want to destroy public education. Why couldn't PBS have aired a program that really debates the issues? Is their journalism simply for sale to the highest bidder?

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FAIR:
"Action Alert: With Sleazy Innuendo, NYT Lays Virginia Attack at Bernie Sanders’ Feet. New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor (6/14/17) started with a false premise and patched together a dodgy piece of innuendo and guilt-by-association in order to place the blame for a shooting in Virginia on 'the most ardent supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Sanders’ supporters are positioned as crazed religious adherents, with an 'idol' rather than a political leader. ... The sleaziest section, and one that solicited the most online outrage, uncritically echoed the conventional wisdom that Sanders fans were uniquely menacing and aggressive.

Alcindor insists Sanders supporters had 'earned a belligerent reputation' without examining whether or not this claim was supported by any empirical data whatsoever."

-->When it comes to Bernie Sanders and the social justice movement, the NYT is very close to Fox News. Both media conglomerates distort leftist positions, belittle activists seeking social change, and generally espouse the corporate agenda over the will of the people.

ACTION: Please contact the New York Times and ask for more responsible coverage of the Virginia shooting incident. Email:  letters@nytimes.com. You can leave a copy of your message in the comments section of the FAIR website above.

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