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Monday, December 8, 2008
Examiner Quotes Only Right-Wingers on Education
Topic: Washington Examiner

A Dec. 8 Washington Examiner article by Leah Fabel quotes only a pair of right-wingers opining about who should be Barack Obama education secretary -- but Fabel doesn't identify them as such.

Quoted in Fabel's article are Michael Petrilli of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation bashing one potential candidate, Standford University's Linda Darling-Hammond, as "not a fan of real reform" because "She is the darling of the teachers unions" -- a claim neither Fabel or Petrilli substantiate. Fabel fails to note that Petrilli is also a fellow at the right-wing Hoover Institution and an occasional columnist for the conservative National Review.

Fabel also quotes Terry Moe, "a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution," as similarly bashing Darling-Hammond as part of "the old guard" who would mean the end of "education reform," but fails to identify Hoover as right-leaning, let alone what Moe's definition of "education reform" is other than quoting Moe bashing teacher's unions.

No non-conservative perspective on Darling-Hammond is provided in the article.

Meanwhile, right-wing bias returns to the Examiner's sports page; a Dec. 8 column by Rick Snider asserted that the Washington Redskins have "less chance of a turnaround than Barack Obama’s economic plan."

As we noted, Snider had previously bashed Obama for advocating a college football playoff system: "Listen to your wife’s chuckle. She’s the smart one in the family. Uh oh, the Clintons must be back."

Oh, and we forgot to note that the Examiner added to its list of fawning Sunday profiles of right-leaning personalities by devoting a Nov. 30 article to the Cato Institute's Ed Crane.


Posted by Terry K. at 3:10 PM EST

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