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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Is it time educators boycotted MSNBC?
by Timothy D. Slekar
Why in the hell would MSNBC’s morning joe prominently feature Michelle Rhee and her ridiculous state report card? Why does this woman continue to get media attention? Every reform that she either implemented or advocates for has been demonstrated to lead to deceitful behavior or simply not work! She advocates an ideologically driven, corporate-based reform movement that puts money first—not students.
In the past I wrote a letter to Ed Shultz asking for his help. Ed seems to be one of the few hosts in the national media that occasionally attempts to expose the corporate education reform disaster. However, he just never takes it to the next level. My guess is that this is not a character flaw of Mr. Shultz but rather the reality of the situation he finds himself.
He works for MSNBC. And as much as MSNBC tries to “Lean Forward” their hosts can only lean so far—MSNBC is a corporate-owned media conglomerate. The hosts’ freedom to report has a limit and right now for some reason (Bill Gates maybe?) the only time a semi critical look at corporate education reform occurs is when the blame can be easily ascribed to a Republican.
I hate that I am suggesting this but I believe the time has come.
If the one media outlet—MSNBC—that claims to be “progressive” continues to fawn all over the likes of Michelle Rhee,
If the hosts on MSNBC fail to unveil corporate education reform as an attack by the wealthy to destroy American public education,
If MSNBC continues to ignore the informed voices (professionals with legitimate education credentials),
Why these? Why not? Obviously writing letters, sending emails, tweeting, and posting to the Facebook pages of these MSNBC hosts results in nothing but crickets. If you’re an individual or a group please push this boycott announcement to your friends and members.
Extreme? Only if you think shuffling our most vulnerable children off to for-profit charter schools that practice prison style behavior management and employ the least qualified teachers is how you put students first.