Oct
31
2014

FAIR TV: #TimeFail, Dodgy Climate Change Rhetoric and the Non-Voting Public

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This week: Time slams public school teachers; what did their "bad apples" cover story get wrong? Plus we look at how ABC is framing the climate change debate among Republican politicians, and we note that election season pundits shouldn't confuse the message they're hearing from a minority of the population that votes with "the public."

Oct
24
2014

The Big Problem With Time's Teacher-Bashing Cover Story

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Time's teacher-bashing cover story buries the lead–and somehow neglected to talk to any teachers.

Jun
25
2014

NYT on Student Loan Crisis: What Crisis Is That?

Distribution of Debt (Brooking Institution)

The New York Times' David Leonhardt heralded a new study by the centrist Brookings Institution that questions whether the student loan market actually faces a "crisis on the horizon."

May
21
2014

David Brooks: Democracy Is a Drag; Put Guys Like Me in Charge

Pundit David Brooks thinks the way to fix American democracy is by having less democracy. Let elites dictate policy and have pundits cheer them on!

Apr
18
2014

Has Everyone Without an Honorary Degree From Brandeis Been Censored?

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (cc photo: Rocco Ancora)

In a USA Today op-ed, Fox News liberal Kirsten Powers weighs in on Brandeis University's decision to rescind its offer to honor the anti-Muslim activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali during commencement activities.

Apr
17
2014

Trophies for Just Showing Up: Alfie Kohn on Childrearing Myths

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A new book argues that the conventional wisdom about kids and parenting isn't just misguided or inaccurate; it forms a worldview reinforces and recommends a specific, deeply conservative, political ideology.

Mar
28
2014

Does Today Show Know Michelle Rhee's Record?

Michelle

Michelle Rhee's history could make her an interesting person to interview for a piece about the overemphasis on standardized testing. But the failure to mention Rhee's scandal suggests that either the Today show doesn't know that history–or doesn't think it matters.

Mar
19
2014

Are Charter Schools Really 'Helping Poor Children'?

Harlem Success Academy (cc photo: Multitude)

The "usual measurement" offered by columnist Richard Cohen as proof of the value of charter schools offers no evidence that charter school students are any better off at all.

Mar
18
2014

And Now, an Expert on America's Schools: Bill Gates

Bill Gates, schools expert

A rare segment on network news about education policy–and the only guest is a billionaire on one side of the fight.

Jan
21
2014

Journalists Grade US Schools: Average Is Failure

"America Hates Its Gifted Kids": Newsweek report

Newsweek says American schools get a D-minus. But do the numbers add up?

Aug
23
2013

FAIR TV: Snowden the 'Spy,' Stop-and-Frisk Factcheck, Student Loan Rates

On FAIR TV this week: CBS tries to call Edward Snowden a "spy," and Bill Kristol makes his ABC comeback with a bogus defense of New York's stop-and-frisk police searches. Plus: Student loan rates are slashed, say the TV reports. But are they actually…going up? Watch it all this on this week's episode:

Aug
13
2013

Student Loan Rates Drop–or Maybe They Rise?

The new student loan law lowers rates–and then, almost certainly, raises them in the near future. But hey–at least it's bipartisan.

Jul
29
2013

New York Times: What's in the 'Center'?

Extra! cover featuring Matt Wuerker's run-over donkey

"Some Democrats Look to Push Party Away From Center," read the headline at the New York Times. But the "center" doesn't actually mean what one might think it means–especially in the context of the political views of the American public.