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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Bozell Misleadingly Parses Obama Speech Criticism
Topic: Media Research Center

In a Sept. 8 press release, MRC chief Brent Bozell defends "parents objecting to the proposed Barack Obama Administration 'lesson plan,' which was to accompany a speech President Obama delivered today to their children," claiming that "the leftist media are attacking parents."

But that's misleading. It wasn't just the "lesson plan" right-wingers like Bozell objected to -- it's the speech itself.

As we've repeatedly detailed, the ConWeb has attacked the mere idea of Obama speaking to students -- not the "lesson plan":

  • Joseph Farah called the speech an attempt "to steal the minds of your children."
  • Rita Kramer called the speech the modern version of the "Hitler Jugend."
  • Dan Mangru claimed that students were having "their grades decided" by how they reacted to the speech.
  • Mark Finkelstein likened Obama to Mao Zedong for making the speech.

Pointing out the insanity and hatred in such attacks is not "attacking parents" -- it is telling the truth. Is any attack on Obama out of bounds for Bozell?

Where was Bozell when Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush was speaking directly to students? We suspect he wasn't complaining about their "lesson plan," since that's the kind of school indoctrination he wants to see.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:28 PM EDT

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