Mayor Rahm Emanuel represents the worst of reprehensible governance. He's unapologetically pro-corporate, neoliberal and hardline. He's indifferent about human need and welfare.
His policies are neanderthal and destructive. He's a consummate scoundrel. He's a dagger pointed at Chicago's soul. He's a perfect corporate frontman. He's for government of, by, and for super-rich elites like himself.
He wants teachers and other public workers hung out to dry. He wants kids deprived of futures. He wants everything corporate profiteers asked for given them. Chicago's soul is up for sale. So is America's.
The New York Times and other media scoundrels endorse what's wrong and harmful. Its editorial ignores what's most important. Public education's future isn't mentioned once. Nor is the need for good schools that teach.
It claims a vital strike isn't necessary. It's fundamental. It's like breathing out and breathing in. Oxygen sustains life. Education the way it should be assures futures. Taking away either is fatal.
On September 9, The Times headlined "With No Contract by Deadline in Chicago, Teachers Will Strike."
It claimed Emanuel promised "improvement of public schools as one of his top priorities." It quoted him saying he made teachers an offer too good to refuse. The strike is "totally unnecessary," he said. It's "avoidable and our kids do not deserve this." It's "a strike of choice."
Instead of covering both sides fairly, The Times featured Emanuel's. Its framing ignored what's most important. It misstated issues it discussed.
It omitted saying Emanuel wants teachers working longer for less. They're forced to sacrifice learning by teaching to the test. Their job status depends on doing what's wrong.
Collective bargaining itself is on the line. Surrender to what Emanuel wants and it's gone. So is public education's future and that of thousands of Chicago kids depending on it.
Emanuel doesn't care. His kids attend private school. He can afford it. Most Chicago parents struggling to get by can't. One parent said "he's not going to let anything get in his way."
He's right about a ruthless politician allied with corporate crooks at the expense of parents and kids they don't give a damn about.
Substance News editor George Schmidt took dead aim at The Times. He said its version of reality mirrors Emanuel's. Its coverage "miss(es) the historical context."
Emanuel cancelled the final year of an earlier negotiated contract. Doing so "cheated teachers and other union workers out of roughly $100 million." He fraudulently claimed Chicago is broke and can't afford it. At the same time, he's diverting city resources to corporate profiteers.
For months, he deployed a cadre of "paid preachers, paid protesters, and Astroturf supports like Stand for Children and Advance Illinois." They sold his snake oil.
In January 2012, his scheme collapsed. Turning points arrived mid-winter. He "decreed" that "failing schools" would close. He followed through despite widespread angry protests.