Nothing Proper About This Propaganda
If there were any lingering doubts that The State newspaper (a.k.a. La Socialista) is engaged in a full-scale effort to undermine the Karen Floyd for Superintendent campaign, look no further than the front page of today's paper, which blares the headline "District Leaders Prefer Rex in Poll."
Are you kidding us? This is front-page news?
Of course it is - or at least it is in parts of the world where the press exists solely to perpetuate a specific ideology, like North Korea or Communist China ... and apparently, Columbia, S.C. on this cool October morning fifteen days before an election.
The "news" that 33 out of 34 District Superintendents preferred Democratic candidate Jim Rex to Ms. Floyd is indeed shocking. But that's only because it wasn't 34 out of 34.
Let's see, The State polled the principal architects of the nation's worst education system to find out if they are a) supporting a candidate who will demand a better return on our multi-billion state investment, or, b) supporting a candidate who will continue pouring endless gobs of additional money into their fiefdoms no matter how poorly they continue to perform.
Seriously, this is like going into the Gamecock lockerroom right before the Clemson kickoff and asking the Carolina players who they want to win the game. It's like polling an NRA convention on gun rights, or Planned Parenthood lobbyists on abortion, or asking Mothers Against Drunk Driving for their thoughts on, well, drunk driving, as if the name of the group didn't give it away.
Predictably, former Tenenbaum Deputy and Rex Campaign Manager Zeke Stokes called the results "pretty significant."
Only if you're writing your term paper on The State newspaper's interminable drift toward socialism.
Aside from that, let's call this article what it is - the latest manifestation of The State newspaper's transparent vendetta against school choice.
What's next? The State hires a former Inez Tenenbaum Communications Director under the pretense of providing us with "objective" news coverage of education issues? Oh wait - THEY DID THAT ALREADY!
It's one thing if educrat sycophants like Brad Warthen and Cindi Scoppe want to sit on the sidelines and blather incessantly against school choice from the ivory tower of their editorial boardroom.
As columnists, Warthen and Scoppe don't have a journalistic obligation to be impartial, and absent such an obligation they can openly call school choice supporters a "cancer" all day long if they want to. Come to think of it, THEY'VE DONE THAT ALREADY, TOO!
But reporters and news editors do have an obligation to impartiality. And to brazenly ignore that obligation in a blatant attempt to advance a specific agenda - right or wrong - is to make a mockery of the First Amendment and their chosen profession.
The freedom of America's Fourth Estate is unrivaled in the annals of history. It is absolutely essential to our liberty as individuals and as a nation - a vital check against corruption and involuntary compulsion, and a wall of truth separating us from tyranny and subjugation.
As such, it comes with a huge responsibility.
This morning - as it has done on numerous occasions in the past - The State newspaper willfully sacrificed that sacred responsibility on the altar of its own narrow political agenda.
In communist states, there's a word we use when we see internally-manufactured stories splashed all over the front pages of major newspapers.
We call it "Propaganda."