Get sick, get well
Hang around a ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
-- Bob Dylan

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Media huckster Rupert Murdoch discovers school reform.

Look out kids!

Rupert Murdoch, the power and money behind FOX News and the right-wing Weekly Standard, has almost single-handedly turned the world's news media into tabloidworld and now wants to do the same to the world of public education. He's hired former NYC chancellor Joel Klein as his education front man and he has already signed a $400 million deal with Mayor Bloomberg to bring NewsCorp into the schools.

You can see Klein's hand in this obviously-planted Guardian story where Murdoch poses computers in the schools as the solution to poverty and racism.
Murdoch attacked the "mandarins of mediocrity" who argued children were too poor, too ignorant to learn or were immigrants who had difficulty understanding. "This is absolute rubbish. It is arrogant, elitist and unacceptable," he said.
"In putting this creative force into schools we can ensure the poor child in Manila has the same chance as the rich child in Manhatten," Murdoch said. "The key to our future is to unlock this potential."
Murdoch attacking arrogance and elitism? Surely we've moved to Bizzaro World. But then again, this is the man who (along with Glen Beck) called Pres. Obama a "racist."

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