Category Archives: Media

Goldberg offers interesting take on the media’s growing aversion to man-bites-dog stories

If you enjoyed Jon Ham’s recent take on the media’s treatment of man-bites-dog stories, you might enjoy Jonah Goldberg‘s exploration of the same topic in the pages of the latest National Review. The real point of the phrase “man bites dog” is to suggest that journalists have a bias toward surprising news, even if it’sContinue Reading

Charlotte Observer editorial offers its own “education in politics”

I am not surprised that the Charlotte Observer editorial staff is attacking the Republican chairs of the North Carolina Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force, Rep. Rob Bryan and Sen. Jerry Tillman. I am also not surprised that the editorial staff dedicated so much ink praising Democratic task force member Rep. Tricia Cotham, a legislatorContinue Reading

Ten questions that the media should ask

Today, Wake County school officials are holding a press conference to discuss ““the alarming increase in mid-year teacher resignations and the dwindling supply of NC-trained teachers who are qualified to fill the empty positions.”  Here are some questions that the media should ask those participating in the press conference: 1. Is this a Wake CountyContinue Reading

The most important graphic you’ll see today

Later today, the N.C. General Assembly’s Program Evaluation Division will discuss their new report, “Improved Administrative Program Monitoring by the Department of Public Instruction Can Save Over $19 Million Annually.” The report is noteworthy for those of us in the education policy world, but one figure, in particular, should be of interest to all taxpayers:Continue Reading

It takes a high level of education to train yourself to miss the screamingly obvious

You might be a ‘progressive’ if … you think the only thing worse than a poor neighborhood losing a grocery store would be a poor neighborhood gaining a Wal-Mart, a Family Dollar, or a select few other stores that excel at providing goods to the poor (they’re on the list alongside Enemy Restaurants). — YoursContinue Reading

Obama’s chilling effect on an already-compliant media

Mainstream media reporters who refuse to genuflect in the presence of The One have faced a rude awakening, as former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson recounted recently for Fox News. The Daily Caller offers details. Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson accused the White House of running an unprecedented pressure campaign against journalists, claiming they are pursuingContinue Reading

You know this has to frost Obama

Not only does the president appear nowhere in Fortune columnist Geoff Colvin‘s list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders, but the last Democratic president both appears at No. 5 and serves as the subject of the magazine’s cover photo. Other politicians not named Barack Obama who make the Fortune list include German Chancellor Angela MerkelContinue Reading

NSFW: NC SBE meeting features “Little Miss Muffet” skit (updated)

This is NOT an April Fool’s Day joke.  This actually happened at today’s N.C. State Board of Education meeting. During a session about Common Core in the early grades, a kindergarten teacher read “Little Miss Muffet” to the board, while staff from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction played the characters.        Continue Reading