Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How are news reported?

President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (right) hold a discussion with 9th graders at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va.

After the right wing raised a brouhaha over President Obama's speech to school kids, and after the White House dropped a phrase the right wing objected to (same phrase used by President HW Bush, about kids helping "the President"), the speech was reported on by all the various media outlets. The Wall Street Journal took its usual slant: Speech to Students Puts Politics Aside is the title of the article. The blurb on page one has it: the speech steered clear of politicking critics had warned about.

Well, it was never about politics, but about education. The critics had criticized something they did not know anything about; they would criticize anything, and everything, the President says and does.


Text of Speech

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