Campbell Brown must have been a terrible reporter!

Speaking at an American federation of Children (privatization
good/public schools bad) summit, Mrs. Brown said:
I spent most of my professional life
in television journalism. I was at NBC News for 11 years. … I mostly covered
politics. I had a show on CNN for almost three years after that. My first boss
in TV was Tim Russert, the late host of Meet the Press, who was a wonderful man
and a great friend and mentor to me. And he taught me, when I was young and
pretty clueless, the ways of the old school journalism. This was before MSNBC
and before FOX. And so back then, I remember going to work every day, as Tim
had taught us, believing basically when you were covering a story, both sides
had some merit. And both sides deserved a fair hearing. And your job as a
reporter was essentially to referee the match. But, as I think a lot of you
know, sometimes you look at a problem, you evaluate a problem, and it’s very
clear that both sides do not have merit. And referee is not a role you can play
when the lives of children are hanging in the balance. (applause) –
Does she
have blinders on? She can’t see both sides of the story? On one side we have
public schools starved of resources, burdened with high stakes standardized
tests and an often stifling curriculum tasked with doing a nearly impossible
job blamed for all the ills in society and on the other side, the choice side,
we have schools who fight accountability, pick and choose who they take and
keep and fill the coffers of mercenaries looking to make a profit. Yes, there
are good and bad players on both side but I don’t think my 
description is far
Mrs. Brown
has no questions though? Not about all the charters that have failed or the
voucher schools that teach creationism? Not about the billionaire hedge fund investors
or the Chinese investors buying green cards? Nothing, everything is hunky dory?
She then
went on to union bash for a bit, implying her judgment was better than trained
experts and the law and demonizing millions of teachers for the actions of a
few that the union had lied to protect, you know because that’s what union do, they joyfully love
risking their credibility to protect a handful of bad teachers.
She doesn’t
see because she doesn’t want to see and she hates unions because she hates unions.
If Mrs. Brown approached her reporter gig like she approaches school choice she
wouldn’t have lasted a hot minute.
For shame Mrs.
Brown, for shame. 

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