ON STENO POOL DUTY  11:45 am May 24, 2012

Mitt Romney Says Something, CNN Writes it Down

by Kris E. Benson

Can you get a girl in here to take dictation?Can you type? Or if you can’t type, can you tell like an intern or somebody that you need something typed? Because if you do, you might have a shot at becoming a political producer for CNN, given that these skills are a prerequisite for the job, which seems mainly to consist of typing things that other people said, and then connecting them until they look kind of like an article.

Did you know, for example, that Romney SAID something yesterday, about school choice? Oh you didn’t? Luckily, CNN’s Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld dutifully wrote it down, along with some other stuff that other people said.

Calling the nation’s falling educational standards “the civil rights issue of our time,” on Wednesday Mitt Romney proposed dramatically expanding school choice for low-income and disabled children. Romney told members of the Latino Coalition gathered at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that millions of American children were “getting a third-world education,” adding: “America’s minority children suffer the most. This is the civil rights issue of our era.”

Guess what happened after that? Turns out he also said other things! And luckily, our favorite CNN Political Producer wrote those down too! For example:

The GOP hopeful said low-income and disabled students should be able to choose to attend any public or charter schools in a voucher-like program, with federal aid following them to their chosen schools. The campaign also proposed allowing students to apply those federal funds toward private schools when permitted by state law, or to use funds for a tutor or digital course.

After that,  his advisers told reporters something about what Romney said, which the CNN Political Producer ALSO typed out!

Campaign advisers told reporters the plan would not require new federal spending. They did not discuss the plan’s effect on schools largely supported by that same federal aid.

Then Romney said even more stuff, and luckily, the CNN Political Producer’s fingers weren’t too tired to keep on trucking and type it out:

In his speech Romney offered a harsh rebuke to teachers unions – suggesting those who sought to bar school choice might consider a different profession – and accused President Barack Obama of being beholden to the powerful union lobby.

“The president can’t have it both ways,” Romney said. “He can’t be the voice of the disadvantaged public school kids and the protector of the special interests.”

Then Obama’s campaign said something too, and the CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld typed that out and put it at the end, for “balance” and “bipartisanism:”

The Obama re-election campaign was critical of Romney’s education proposals on Wednesday. Ben LaBolt, the campaign’s press secretary, said Romney’s remarks were “vague” and “detail-less” on a conference call with reporters.

“In order to pay for his massive tax cuts weighted to the wealthy, Romney would have to make massive spending cuts in our schools, higher education and our job training programs,” LaBolt said. “Those are not the priorities the American people want in their president.”

And THAT, friends, is what it takes to be a Political Producer for CNN: typing. You don’t need to interview any teachers or anything, and see what they think about school choice, and you definitely don’t need to talk to students or parents or follow up with any hard questions or give any context, or talk about how school choice has worked out in communities across the country: just type it on out, type out something the other guy says, and then put maybe like an “and then” or a “but” to connect them. Or maybe just cut and paste from press releases so it looks like you did some actual reporting.  By the way, this sought-after and vital skillset, according to Chris Matthews, is what makes 24/7 news so vital to protecting our Freedoms: we get something called “analysis,” instead of just “embedded thinking.” Thank God! JOURNALISM!

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{ 152 comments }

Barb May 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

Mitt loves teachers! One of his High School pranks was to wave a legally blind teacher into a closed glass door for lolz.

nounverb911 May 24, 2012 at 11:49 am

Was the Mittbot was still using punch cards then?

Barb May 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

Another time he propped up the back axle of the teacher’s VW bug and laughed as the man hit the gas pedal “with his wheels spinning in the air.” Hilarious!

actor212 May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

Blind teacher could drive? Wow!

Barb May 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Oopsie, I messed that one up, eh? Daughter is in labor again and I am having a nervous breakdown here.

Enjoy your correction erection.

mayor_quimby May 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

If Mitt was in high school today, he would have to have his desk in the school sherrif's office for protection from all the other kids. Who would hate him. And try to punch him.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 1:55 pm

The fact that not a single former classmate has stepped forward to say a single positive thing in defense of Mitt should be plenty indicative of how well-liked and popular the little fucker was back then.

Wile E. Barbote May 25, 2012 at 12:03 am

My Dad told me that he once saw some big dumb Texas A&M football players pick up the back of a VW bug and do the very same thing. They stopped laughing about it when the quick-thinking driver shifted into reverse and floored it.

Barb May 25, 2012 at 2:48 am

Sir, you honor me with your new name and I cannot tell you how delighted I am with the reference to me.

I have times where I am humbled and I go to my kitchen and I pour a cup of bread flour to bake a loaf for my many outside bird friends and I think of our Lord, the savior and I reflect upon my many blessings in life.

Then I catch a glimpse of myself in the kitchen window and I imagine myself in a Whitesnake video, auburn hair flowing, back arched on a bitchin' Camaro and dreaming of the men who will father my children and spend every other weekend with our children and I imagine the scratch off lottery tickets I will buy with the child support payments.

Thank you, I hope to find a winner with those lottery tickets and you and I will be united for eternity or until the IRS busts us for tax evasion.

JustPixelz May 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

If that glass door story is true, Mitt is unqualified to be POTUS. The blind person would just as readily walked into a wooden or metal door. The glass door angle was pointless. He's an idjit … or as they say in Massachusetts, "our one-term former governor".

actor212 May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

No no! Glass breaks. It's much funnier with blood dripping.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Here's the part that really bugs me about the blind teacher story. The man was visually impaired to the point that he required someone to let him know if there was an obstacle in his way. Ordinarily, he probably would have used hands, feet, and maybe a cane to feel his way forward (he wasn't TOTALLY blind, just LEGALLY blind). So Romney must have somehow indicated that he was going to warn the guy about any obstacles. Because I'm pretty blind without my visual aids, and would NEVER walk around without them unless someone else assured my safety. So here's this guy trustingly wandering along, when the putz Romney deliberately walks him into a glass door for the yucks.

What a rotten fucking thing to do. And because the man was an *employee,* he couldn't do a thing about it. Except ha-ha along with the other yobbos.

nounverb911 May 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

All of this is code for "I like to fire teachers".

actor212 May 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

The unemployment line is just the right length, under a Romney administration

V572 Is this him? May 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I just like to fire unionized public employee teachers. Underpaid teachers at Cranbrook are fine.

//fixed

Gainsbourg69 May 24, 2012 at 2:34 pm

It was code for "let's privatize the shit out of our public schools."

arihaya May 24, 2012 at 6:19 pm

i'm sure if Mitt elected {God forbid} he will Meg Whitmanize all of American schools

Jus_Wonderin May 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

Teachers should incorporate instead of unionize.

nounverb911 May 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

Bain would just buy them out and outsource them to China.

V572 Is this him? May 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Corporations are people! Unions, not so much.

ChapterUndVerse May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I suppose that Mitt thinks of teachers as 3/5 of a person, and uppity because millions of 3/5 is still more than a handful of landed gentry having the vapors because people fit to influence their children shouldn't have much of a say in government.

BaldarTFlagass May 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

“He can’t be the voice of the disadvantaged public school kids and the protector of the special interests.”

Maybe he should just be the protector of moneyed interests, like you, Mitt.

fitley May 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Yes if Obama had it together he would shut his pie hole about the disadvantaged public school kids because it makes Mitt's special interests feel ickey.

Billmatic May 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

I'm glad that the Stephen Glass School of Journalism and Fiction is still pumping out bright eyed reporters that stay home all day and do nothing!

LastGasp May 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Do nothing? It occasionally takes some mental effort to cook up stories. But if that's too much there's always plagiarism, which is a pretty effortless way to fill up the pages of a newspaper.

actor212 May 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Do there you, see I did.

Billmatic May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Hey, I'm out of the house and doing nothing!

edgydrifter May 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

Teachers be talkin' like "gimme gimme gimme" and Romney be talkin' like "voucher voucher voucher," amirite? BAM–Pulitzerz!!

boobookitteh May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

Why would you ask teachers about fixing the educational system? That would be like asking nurses for advice on fixing the healthcare system. Clearly venture capitalists know best.

WhatTheHeck May 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Today HP is creating more Jerbs by cutting 25,000 jerbs.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Where IS pdog, anyway?

doloras May 24, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Capitalist economics hates skilled labour because you have to pay it more than minimum wage. They are always looking to force anyone with actual skills down to the level of Taco Bell cashier monkeys. Come to think of it, they look forward to being able to train monkeys to do all jobs, because that would mean bringing slavery back under another name.

nounverb911 May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

Does Cranbrook accept vouchers?

Jus_Wonderin May 24, 2012 at 11:57 am

No, but they are handing out 1/2 off coupons for bowl cuts.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I think you have to be GAY to get one of those, tho.

Wile E. Barbote May 24, 2012 at 9:52 pm

No, but they do accept bearer bonds, Krugerrands and sacks of fillings.

actor212 May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

*sigh*

And to think I majored in journalism for two whole semesters to learn how to think and report news…Thankfully, that was only one sixteenth of my college career!

Joshua Norton May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

Aww, that’s so cute. They still pretend that wingnut facts come from a place other than the speaker's ass. I bet they also believe in Santa Claus and Market Forces.

Terry May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

So, I could pull my kid out of public school and the County or State would give me a check that I could use to hire a tutor for my child. How big does Mittens think that check would be? Might cover an hour a week of tutoring. What happens the rest of the week?

nounverb911 May 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

Didn't Santorum sue PA when they wouldn't pay up for his 28 kids home schooling?

actor212 May 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Well, only cuz he was claiming residence in Virginia.

Callyson May 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

To the tune of $100K:

Santorum’s children, while living in Virginia between 2001 and 2004 attended a Pennsylvania online charter school at the cost of the Pennsylvania taxpayer.
Pennsylvania state law requires any school district to pay for the education of children who live within their district, but attend cyber schools. Santorum, although living in Leesburg, Virginia with his family, claimed residency in Penn Hills, Pennsylvania. The cost of the educating Santorum’s children in Virginia ran the Penn Hills School District a bill just over $100,000.
Santorum defended the move during his 2006 campaign. He did in fact own a home, next to his wife Karen's parent’s home in Penn Hills, and did pay taxes on the house. When repeatedly pressed on the issue during his failed 2006 reelection bid, Santorum would reply, “I pay taxes" and “my tax dollars at work.”

http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/rick-sant

Prick.

BaldarTFlagass May 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Nah, there's all those Occupy people with college degrees and no yobs that would probably tutor your kids for 3 squares and a cot. You could probably get them to help out around the yard and the house for a small consideration. But you would probably want to make them bathe first.

FlownOver May 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Are there no road shoulders? And the aluminum cans – are they still collectible?

fitley May 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Actually the voucher is good for three Chick Tracts, three copies of Watchtower, and one pack of smokes.

HobbesEvilTwin May 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

What happens the rest of the week?

The toilets down at the public school still aren't going to clean themselves.

BaldarTFlagass May 24, 2012 at 11:56 am

I could do that job, but I probably couldn't afford to. If that's one of those jobs where they say "salary commensurate with ability," that person must get 18 or 20K per year.

Chichikovovich May 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm

On the other hand, if it says "Salary competitive" that person is knocking on the 1% door.

HempDogbane May 24, 2012 at 11:58 am

Someone's stock goes up after Mitt saves these kids from the public schoolteachers. You have to watch Bloomberg to get that detail.

tihond May 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Jack Kerouac likes CNN's style here.

SorosBot May 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Wait, if Mitt calls falling education standards "“the civil rights issue of our time,” then why does he propose to destroy the public education system? You're supposed to make it better, not worse, asshole.

Biel_ze_Bubba May 24, 2012 at 12:13 pm

It's the Bain Capital approach: you wreck it, and loot it, while making it look prettier so some sucker will come along and buy it off of you. It's like stripping the good parts out of a used car, then giving it a paint job and a good waxing.

Somebody should point out to Mitt that there ain't nobody coming along to buy the school systems after he wrecks them.

FlownOver May 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Step 2: – ?????????
Step 3: Profit!

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Have the Underwear Gnomes taken their ideas public yet? Or did they have a Facebookin' of their IPO too?

GeorgiaBurning May 24, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Destroying public education IS ensuring "civil rights"; at least the rights of everybody that matters to Mitt. Terrible with all the riff-raff getting Ivy League degrees nowdays.

V572 Is this him? May 24, 2012 at 1:32 pm

He's going to do the same to Medicare, turn it into a gift card program, so at least he's consistent. And he wants to means test Soshecurity, which ought to nail it's coffin shut once and for all as well.

Maman May 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

My husband's high school didn't have typing classes because it was assumed that young men such as himself would have secretaries.

Jus_Wonderin May 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I am really glad I took typing (1976) as I can amaze my 20 something crew with my ability to answer their questions, as the pop their head in my office, and craft an email.

nounverb911 May 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I've used computers everyday (almost) since 1972 and I still can't type well.

JustPixelz May 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

When I went to high school, many girls took typing. I did too. This was when typing was strictly a secretarial skill. I don't remember why I took that class — let's say it was to meet girls. But I learned to type pretty fast.

Years passed and technology started moving computers and keyboards to more desktops. My male colleagues struggled with hunt and peck. But was able to work quickly and (perhaps) with fewer mistakes. It was definitely a career advantage.

An_Outhouse May 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

get any chicks?

Biel_ze_Bubba May 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Mine did — because there were girls who they assumed might be future secretaries, at least until they got married and put their "home economics" training to good use.

Unfortunately, typing skills were badly undervalued — so much so that they discounted whatever grade you got in the class. (The "A" I got in typing, which counted as 3.5 points, lowered my GPA.) They did this with HomeEc as well (while giving the guys in Mech Drawing a 4.0 for learning which end of a pencil was which.) Amazingly, nobody ever questioned the higher GPAs of the male students.

FlownOver May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Dragon is typing too, my friend.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Does it work for you? I used it during a bout of extreme carpal tunnel, and found it worse than useless. But I do know other people who claim to have used it successfully (I never interrogated them, so I'm now interrogating you).

imissopus May 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

When my private school made me take typing in the sixth grade, there was a rich kid who sat next to me who kept telling me the same thing.

prommie May 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

I would just like to announce that my experiment in niceness and peace love and understanding is officially over. There is nothing funny about peace love and understanding, thats the fucking problem with it. Now fuck all y'all, just on general principle. I am feeling stabby and mean and I'm in the mood to hatefuck something, so stay away from me if you know whats good for ya.

Jus_Wonderin May 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

We like stabby and mean better.

Biel_ze_Bubba May 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It's easy to get depressed when you see that the assholes keep winning. The key to not getting depressed is being satisfied, within yourself, with the knowledge that even when they win, they're still assholes.

When you realize that they don't even know that they're assholes (lookin' at you, Mitt), you get depressed again. I have yet to figure out how to deal with this … it mostly involves trying to prove to them that they're assholes, but they mostly never see it, because they're such assholes.

ChapterUndVerse May 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

It's called "tunnel vision." Assholes have a genetically determined genius for it that accounts for their superiority.

Skullfry Conte May 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Sounds like someone needs a hug

WunkRocker May 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Sounds like someone needs a hatefuck.

Skullfry Conte May 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Is that like a hategasm?

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Well, that's MY job around these parts.

Hugs for all!

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:10 pm
Wile E. Barbote May 25, 2012 at 3:03 am

You should see this movie.

Lascauxcaveman May 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

low-income and disabled students should be able to choose to attend any public or charter schools in a voucher-like program, with federal aid following them to their chosen schools.

Shorter Mitt: "I have no idea how schools in America are actually funded."

Biel_ze_Bubba May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

In Mitt's world, you just borrow $200,000 from your parents to pay your Ivy League tuition. If everybody else just followed that common-sense approach, we'd all be better off.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Iit was becoming increasingly obvious as he continued with his blatheramskate that the auld fella was talking out his arse again.

Douché May 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Mitt says. "My kids never went to public schools, but, they did own some kids who did."

SexySmurf May 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

It's an okay story, but what would really punch it up is if they included some random tweets from regular people. Make it feel like I'm part of the story. And also include an inspirational story of a trapped kitten rescued from a drain pipe. Maybe ask Will Smith what he thinks.

Jus_Wonderin May 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Bill Shatner could read it as a performance piece.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:16 pm

Oh, god, no.

Jus_Wonderin May 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Ann, shouldn't that be “Oh. God…………….no!” in Shatner speak?

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Now, honey, you know I love you. I love you lots. But not even for YOU will I do Shatspeak.

MissTaken May 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

@douchebagontwitter Mitt+kids=educ,Obama=civil rites bad.Me agree!

Callyson May 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

"So, like, I'm all, and she's all, and he's all, and they're all…"

Yep, definitely a CNN report. Might be a little over Wolf Blitzer's head though…

Baconzgood May 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm

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Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm

You're *censoring* yourself, Baconz? It musta been BAAAAAAAD.

freakishlywrong May 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Fuck these "journalists". Choad there on MSNBC driving around and telling me how it's his jawb to "hold elected officials accountable". Yes Choad, as long as they're in the "Democrat" party, (and are dusky). (And hot).

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Nothing like holding a hot, dusky person. Accountable, that is.

Barbikovovich May 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm

You don’t need to interview any teachers or anything, and see what they think about school choice, and you definitely don’t need to talk to students or parents or follow up with any hard questions or give any context, or talk about how school choice has worked out in communities across the country:

They have a template:

Former Washington DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee endorsed the program but cautioned that entrenched union resistance will be strong: [Insert stock quote here]. [Parent name] with [large number] children in Lascivit in Sanguine Christi elementary school also applauded Romney's suggestion, remarking that vouchers would allow them the resources to allow their [large number + 1]'th child to join his/her siblings for the quality education that public schools were failing to provide. Union leaders were predictably skeptical, and argued that draining more money from embattled public schools would hurt the neediest children. Experts point to past efforts like this one, though they disagree on how to assess the outcomes. Time will tell, but for now, the only constant is change.

But the guy who keeps it in his locked desk drawer was out of town. So they had to go with what they had.

b[redact]opple May 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Yeah. Fuck Michelle Rhee. I think everyone's glad Mayor Gray fired that flaky self-promoting gentrifuck.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:19 pm

You have outdone yourself yet again, Chi … hey, WTF? When did YOU turn into Barb? Where's my BAAAAARRRRB?? What haz you done wiv her?

SoBeach May 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

In his speech Romney offered a harsh rebuke to teachers unions…

And that's what it's really all about. Not "civil rights". Not education. Busting unions and sticking it to those overpaid school teacher union thugs. For freedom. And jobs.

PuckStopsHere May 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

He appears to have forgotten that, when speaking of teachers, if the word "union" is used one must also use the word "thug." This is simple, basic grammar. This guy needs to go back to his (expensive and exclusive) school of choice for a refresher course.

JustPixelz May 24, 2012 at 12:14 pm

"The president can’t have it both ways…"

Neither can candidate Romney. It was RomneyCare before it was ObamaCare. (Man up Mitt! It's your biggest achievement in governing.)

His goal at Bain was not to create jobs, it was to maximize ROI for investors.

The dog was on top of the car because Mitt wanted him there, not because it was first class canine seating.

Doktor StrangeZoom May 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Actually fixing schools would be kind of expensive, but "firing bad teachers" would help break unions and would feel good, so I guess we'll just go with that.

James Michael Curley May 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hate to be obvious here, but how are these vouchers going to be financed – from the government budget he is going to cut on his first day?
Who is going to decide which private school is going to be illegible – the government he is going to get out of our personal life because of like teabagging?
Since the budgets of school systems predominantly are funded from property taxes – is this Federal Voucher System going to comply with Constitutional restrictions on the seizure of personal property without due process and just compensation?

Next ad, criticize Obama for being a Harvard Law School graduate and a professor of Constitutional Law.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:23 pm

I want to know why the REPORTER wasn't asking these exact same questions.

BaldarTFlagass May 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Guess he's given up on the NEA endorsement.

SayItWithWookies May 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Honestly I don't think that's so bad — Streitfeld did take the time to get an opposing viewpoint (unless I'm reading this completely wrong). The kind of reporting that ends up being stenography that I find really offensive is when someone writes down shit like "John Boehner said that the Recovery Act didn't create a single job in Ohio" and doesn't even bother to add something like "according to CBO statistics, x many jobs were created using ARRA funds."

One doesn't have to say explicitly that Boehner is full of shit as long as the facts are presented fully — though often even that isn't done, and Boehner or whoever makes their assertion without it being contested at all.

That's one of my problems with people saying that Bob Woodward's book about the runup to the Iraq was stenography — he was used to presenting the facts and letting the reader draw the conclusion, but was diligent about presenting the actual facts in addition to what Dubya and Cheney that gang of idiots thought — he didn't hold the reader's hand and say "Of course this person was completely wrong and that person was completely right," but clearly gives you enough information to figure that out. That was the way he was taught — but now of course, we need our journalists to tie everything up in a bow because we have a four-second attention span.

Generation[redacted] May 24, 2012 at 1:03 pm

…because we have a four-second attention span.

Ummm… What?

anniegetyerfun May 24, 2012 at 11:56 pm

I'd agree if they actually worked with facts to counter the argument being made. But these types of stories always end up being more, like, "Person A says THIS. But Person B says THAT." Persons A and B are obviously political enemies, so of course they are going to say the opposite thing.

What would help is not necessarily getting a rebuttal from the political opposite, but rather asking more pressing and detailed questions. IS a public school education in the US akin to that of a Third World country (please, our students should be so lucky as to have an education like most kids get in India)? How is this plan going to be paid for? You don't need Obama's people to point out that Romney's "federally funded vouchers" program is a lie; having them do so turns it into a He Said/He Said scenario. Call Romney's people and make them give specifics or force them to admit that there aren't any, and that their candidate is just making shit up as he goes along.

SayItWithWookies May 25, 2012 at 1:11 am

You're right that reporters should say what's true and false as opposed to just relying on presenting opposing viewpoints — although I don't necessarily expect that of spot reporting, so it depends on the context. If someone were to do an overall analysis with some time to do some research and did that, that would be much less forgivable than a stringer on deadline reporting on a speech that just happened.

Rayn_And May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Sure, Everything is cool until a Messican or other assorted brown person wants to cash in that voucher at Cranbrook…I mean, vouchers are obviously for home schooling and the little Catholic school in that other neighborhood…right?

ifthethunderdontgetya May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

In his speech Romney offered a harsh rebuke to teachers unions – suggesting those who sought to bar school choice might consider a different profession – and accused President Barack Obama of being beholden to the powerful union lobby.

Ah, so yet another campaign slap fight to give the Amerkin people the illusion of choice.

Arne Duncan, Obama's Secretary of Education.

In a strange echo of another reactionary, Arne Duncan has been claiming, through spokesmen, that he is actually speaking for some kind of great silent majority of American teachers when he continues the teacher bashing programs that he pioneers as "Chief Executive Officer" of Chicago's public school. Duncan was "CEO" of CPS from July 2001 through January 2009 (when Barack Obama appointed Duncan U.S. Secretary of Education). He came to the job with no experience teaching and left having learned little about the complexity of the city's more than 600 public schools. Duncan was appointed by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to push the privatization agenda which Daley wanted and left to push the same agenda for President Barack Obama across the entire USA.

You have no choice. You have owners.
~

Skullfry Conte May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Yeah, fuckin Obama bringing that No Child Left Behind Act into the picture.

Steverino247 May 24, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Where I live, charter schools are where the white kids go to get away from the Mexicans. Everybody denies that, but everybody knows it's true. (Well, maybe the Mexicans haven't figured it out yet.) My granddaughter is literally the difference between two levels in school ratings. If she leaves, they drop to the lowest level (from a 2 to a 1). I guess the good news is she feels the school needs her and it helps her stay focused. Her cousin left last year to attend school in a neighboring district with a younger half-brother where they haven't (yet) cancelled their GATE program. Yeah, nothing like reading a letter about your grandson being GATE qualified with the next paragraph being an explanation of how we don't have that anymore.

James Michael Curley May 24, 2012 at 12:44 pm

CNN will read anything put in front of them. Last night Wolf Blister's opening head line was "Butter, a Dozen Eggs, Flour …"

Ducksworthy May 24, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Might be interesting to know how many people at CNN are <del>Mormons</del> er, Scientologists.

An_Outhouse May 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

The GOP hopeful said that all future underwear should be magic. Unmagic underwear is the civil rights issue of our time. “The president can’t have it both ways,” Romney said. “He can’t be the voice of the underwear disadvantaged and the protector of the special athletic supporters.”

Andrew Drinker May 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

This is relevant to my interests. I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

An_Outhouse May 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Why to the Demon Crats always talk in "scare quotes"?

Come here a minute May 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Yes, we should watch out for the massive power of those teachers unions. They're the reason teachers have been riding high during the great recession while only other professions have suffered wage and job cuts.

prommie May 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Peasants don't like to see one of their own succeed, they resent it, and will tear down the one who tries to rise above.

And thats why the US working class has lost everything Roosevelt did for them. Because US working class people, when they see someone doing better than they are doing, they daon't say "hey, I want that too." Instead they say, "who do they think they are, take that away from them, if I can't have it, noone can."

Its the peasant mentality. And they are bringing everything thats happening to them on themselves. So fuck them. I mean it, fuck them fuck them fuck them, every fucking one of the millions of working class people who hears this and says "yeah, fuck them teachers," fuck them peasants.

V572 Is this him? May 24, 2012 at 1:39 pm

That's our Prommie! But you're wrong on this one. The Poors have just figured it out and know the game's rigged against them, and the Riches have figured out exactly how to feed this myth: Social Security's broke, you'll never get what you paid in. Medicare will kill you. Public schools suck. Government can't do anything right.

prommie May 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Half the fucking poors are lumpenproletariat and have no class consciousness, is technically whats wrong. Blacks know whats up, but most poor whites are too busy hating blacks and messicans, or else going to church and worshipping fetuses, to figure out they are all in the same boat. I'm fucking rich, though, and I am getting sick and tired of giving a shit about the fucking dumb angry hateful bastards. The fuckers would shoot me for a commie traitor, the same people I am getting angry because of whats being done to them, and why do I need to be being miserable on behalf of these tards who hate me anyway.

Slim_Pickins May 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm

But we can't engage the teachers in finding a solution, because they are union.

Mittens Howell, III May 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

CNN Journalism Guidebook:

1. Write down what the rich white guy says.
2. Say it.
3. Keep cookie jar hidden from Candy Crowley at all times.

Wile E. Barbote May 24, 2012 at 9:57 pm

You forgot rule #4, keep it hidden from Erick Erickson too.

MissTaken May 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Journalism is hard.

BlueStateLibel May 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

And remember to write "Only time will tell" at the end of your story (and drink your Ovaltine).

MissTaken May 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Totally OT!

I just received the below email from some right outta college newbie who started on Monday. He was looking at a document I created many moons ago and like an idiot, didn't open in 'read-only'. Now I get to see what he fucked up. Fucking hell.

Hi MissTaken,

I was looking at the “Glossary of Terms” document yesterday and I think I accidently clicked “Save” when I close out of the document. So it says the document is modified last by me. I just wanted to let you know so you could make sure no changes are made to it (none that I’m aware of).

Thank you,

SayItWithWookies May 25, 2012 at 1:13 am

Make it a .pdf. My years in IT have taught me this at least — if you give people permission to fuck something up, they will fuck something up. Then they'll expect you to fix it.

imissopus May 24, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Reporter on political beat writes story about debate between two political campaigns! Film at eleven!

deanbooth May 24, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Private schools became "a civil rights issue" way back in the 60s, when all the fundies in the South started their own schools to escape constitutionally-mandated integration. Ever since, they've been trying to get into the education tax-dollar honeypot — in effect, returning to "separate but equal."

OneYieldRegular May 24, 2012 at 2:00 pm

If Truman Capote were still alive, he'd say, "That's not even good enough to be typing."

BZ1 May 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

what powerful union bodies? Not with troglodytes running around clubbing unionists.

owhatever May 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm

What's so danged wrong about the voucher system, you libruls? Kangaroos have had vouchers forever and carry the little kangroos around in them, as well as spare change and lipstick, and they do okay because they have an equal chance with other 'roos no matter where they live or what color they are. Learn your science about Austria, you elites!

slowhansolo May 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Hey, the following took about 10 seconds to dig up but, alas, involved no typing, so maybe a constitutional amendment isn't necessary after all!

PA Constitution, Article 3, Section 14. Public school system.
The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance and support of a thorough and efficient system of public education to serve the needs of the Commonwealth.

PA Constitution, Article 3, Section 15. Public school money not available to sectarian schools.
No money raised for the support of the public schools of the Commonwealth shall be
appropriated to or used for the support of any sectarian school.

PA Constitution, Article 3, Section 29. Restrictions on Legislative Power.
No appropriation shall be made for charitable, educational or benevolent purposes to
any person or community nor to any denominational and sectarian institution,
corporation or association.

HistoriBarb May 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

These vouchers are all "freedom" and "parents' know best" until someone sets up a Muslim-based charter school …

ttommyunger May 24, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Typing, and dick-sucking. Don't forget the dick-sucking.

lochnessmonster May 24, 2012 at 5:11 pm

You can hand out school vouchers all you want but if the school you want your kid to go to is full they won't take them. What about a kid who lives in rural areas? Where is the magnate school/prep school for them? Bus the hours a day? Stupid comments made by someone who never experienced it.

Wile E. Barbote May 24, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Fuck vouchers and fuck the parents who want them. Here's the deal, I pay about 6K a year in property taxes up here in the Soviet of Washington. A big chunk of that goes to pay for K-12 education. Now, I don't have kids, but if the government is taking my money to pay for education then I get a say in the matter, and I don't want my money to go for vouchers so that some stupid evangelical fucktard can send his kids to the Reagan H. Christ (the "H" stands for "Freedom") elementary school where they won't have to learn about science or foreign languages or anything else that isn't in the Bible. I want the schools that my money is paying for to be accountable to me.

anniegetyerfun May 24, 2012 at 11:47 pm

NPR at least had the balls to point out, when repeating what Romney had reported, that teachers unions really aren't enamored over Obama at all.

This reminds me of an article (all of them, Katie) that I read on NPR the other day, "Could Glass-Steagall Have Stopped JPMorgan Loss?". A bunch of people say yes, and people who worked for Ronald Reagan say no. AMAZING FUCKING ANALYSIS, NPR. Way to investigate the fuck out of that one.

ttommyunger May 25, 2012 at 6:16 am

The froth (I'm lookin' at you, Santorum) that passes for News nowadays is pathetic. If it weren't for the Intertoobs and Link TV I would be totally misinformed….i.e. a Fox News Viewer.

Callyson May 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Aww, good luck to your daughter!

actor212 May 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

And here I thought it was the joke…

Lascauxcaveman May 24, 2012 at 12:05 pm

It's considered bad form (in most hospitals) to do internet commenting from the delivery room.

So log out, Barb, scream "PUSH!" every minute or so and let us know how it all comes out.

nounverb911 May 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Which union is your daughter in? Oh, that labor, never mind.

(Good luck and keep us posted).

Chichikovovich May 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

Hang in there, Barb. We're all thinking of you.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

ZOMG. Hope things are going OK for her.

Barb May 24, 2012 at 12:11 pm

They have to stop the labor quickly. The baby has an underdeveloped aorta and Christine is keeping the baby alive in her womb. The minute the baby is born and takes her first breath she is on her own and it is too soon. The baby will be transported to another hospital for heart surgery immediately.

We just need the baby to bake a little longer and she will have a better chance of surviving.

actor212 May 24, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Oh jeez, Barb. Good luck!

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm

You! You POSEUR! You're a HISTORICAT, pretending to be my Barb!

Which cat is this one? It's got the scornful expression of "serve me, naked monkey creature, before I eat your BRAAAAAIIIINNZZ!" down cold!

Barb May 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Oh my God, love the name, HistoriBarb.
Christine is stable and the baby is still itching to get out to meet her Granny. Good thing I love my child or I would kick her ass for calling me Granny.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Seems to work for Rachel Maddow.

If we had a handful more like HER, we wouldn't have to listen to this self-aggrandizing shit from MittTheShit. I'm beginning to dislike him with a mild warmth.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm

I can't change mine, I'll jinx her. I'm just sending her loving thoughts and daily hugs.

Our youngest, a (mostly) Russian gray, likes to carry her sponge ball through the house while vocalizing. When I was away in OzLand, she would leave it on my side of the bed every night. Almost like a (dirty, hairy, spit-filled) sacrifice to the Feline Gods to bring Teh Hoomin back. Of course, she's back to administering daily bodily piercings, as usual, now.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I'd change my name to support you too, sweetie, but it'll just cause some horrible jinx or the other, just like I laid on Christine O'Donnell, Newt, Flailin', and all them other eejits.

Thanks for the update. Here's hoping for the very best for Christine and for the baby.

James Michael Curley May 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I love Rachel Maddow. For her mind! Also her throat, she has a strangely erotic throat.

Ann_ObeyMe_Money May 24, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Oh, SURE you do.

Nah, you probably suffer from the same thing we all seem to. Teh SMRT = HOT/SEXXXY.

Wile E. Barbote May 25, 2012 at 3:01 am

I'd be flattered to be united with you for eternity, unless of course it's through one of those Mormon necro-baptisms because those are weird.

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