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

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Murdoch's fixer, Joel Klein

At first glance, it may seem odd for Klein, a lifelong Democrat who worked in Washington in the Clinton White House counsel’s office and in New York as the independent mayor Michael Bloomberg’s schools chancellor, to be the chief defender of the owner of the U.S.’s most powerful conservative media outlets.

More recently, before Murdoch hired Klein, the two men demonstrated a shared passion for education reform. Last October, Klein introduced a speech that Murdoch gave on education reform at the annual gala of The Media Institute in Washington. At the outset of his speech, Murdoch praised the “miracles that Joel has been performing for the New York City school system” and called him, with eerie prescience, “a man for all seasons.”
Klein got his biggest dose of pressure and media attention as head of New York’s public schools, a job he took without any educational credential besides a four-month stint teaching in Queens. Bloomberg charged him with the politically radioactive task of overhauling the school system, a job that Klein approached with the political fearlessness only an outsider can have."

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