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Campbell Brown, Charter Cheerleader, Now Facebook’s News Arbiter… Expect Only Glowing Articles About School Reform

August 15, 2018

As a strong supporter of a free and open press, my worst fears were confirmed this morning the I read Facebook Executive Threatens News Outlets in Private Meeting, a Truthdig article by Jake Johnson. In the article, Mr. Johnson reported that the Facebook executive:

…reportedly warned news publishers that refusal to cooperate with the tech behemoth’s efforts to “revitalize journalism” will leave media outlets dying “like in a hospice.”

And who was that Facebook Executive None other than Campbell Brown, a TV “journalist” turned, according to Wikipedia, into an “… education reform and school choice activist, and now, head of global news partnerships at Facebook. While Facebook executives “vehemently” deny the reports what transpired at the meeting, at least five journalists validated the comments.

If Ms. Brown is the arbiter of “news” at Facebook, I expect to read no good news about public schools and lots of reports about “failing public schools”, and “amazing charter schools”. I expect to read lots of reports about unions blocking “innovation” but nothing about the countless charters who have bilked parents and taxpayers while cheating students out of a good education. Given Ms. Brown’s work at The 74 and Mr. Zuckerberg’s forays into reform, why should readers expect anything but bad news about public schools and nothing but good news about empowering parents with the opportunity to choose their schools.

I hope I am wrong… but I trust that someone from the public school advocacy groups will be monitoring the coverage carefully.

 

 

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