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(OpEdNews Contributing Editor since October 2006) Inner city schoolteacher from New York, mostly covering media manipulation. I put election/finance reform ahead of all issues but also advocate for fiscal conservatism, ethics in journalism and curbing overpopulation. I enjoy open debate, history, the arts and hope to adopt a third child. Gustav Wynn is a pseudonym, but you knew that.
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(68 comments) SHARE Friday, August 5, 2016 MEDIA MANIPULATION: DNC leaks reveal NY Times, MSNBC helped sabotage Sanders
More leaked DNC emails show how party officials manipulated the NY Times to alter reporting on the Hillary Victory Fund, a 33-state fundraising partnership between the DNC and the Hillary campaign. Other evidence suggests MSNBC revised reporting to collude against the Sanders campaign even as the DNC claimed to be neutral.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 17, 2016 MEET HILLARY'S CAMPAIGN CHAIR: "Moneyman" John Podesta and his Revolving Door
Hillary vowed recently to end the revolving door, but her campaign chairman John Podesta and his think tank Center for American Progress is a prime example. But Podesta also is one of DC's biggest PAC bundlers, and his family is being enriched by major lobbying contracts with the biggest national and international mega-corporations including fossil fuel producers and including a Panama Papers-related bank from Russia.
(19 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 20, 2016 Should Bernie Pay Off Superdelegates Like Hillary?
Primary voters may be shocked to learn how the "democratic" process actually works, doing things they say are wrong. Hillary and the DNC are cruising to victory, but are silencing the voices of voters who have chosen Bernie loud and clear. How is this possible? It's easy - arcane party rules, including superdelegates and pay-for-play effectively gerrymander the outcomes long before the first votes are cast.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 12, 2015 NY Teachers Seek Answers From New Education Commissioner
Hired amidst a whirlwind of controversy and corruption in Albany, New York's new top educator replaces a Commissioner long accused of catering to the billionaire class, instituting Common Core and invalid evaluations designed to blame teachers for problems unique to low-income urban environments. For her first week, the activist teacher group NYBATs released an open letter asking Commissioner Elia to respond to the evidence.
SHARE Saturday, February 7, 2015 EVALUATING THE EVALUATIONS: How Can Math or English Tests Be Used For All Teachers?
In September 2013, New York City began basing teacher evaluations on Common Core test results, but neglected to create tests in subjects other than Math or English Language Arts. Instead, they simply assigned test scores in these subjects to everybody. Over a year later, we find teachers in danger of being fired, and inner city schools seeing teachers flee, knowing that low scores are linked to high poverty in the community.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 31, 2014 BUYING TIME INDEED: Is Andrew Cuomo's Money Keeping Zephyr Teachout Out Of The Media?
Was the Moreland Commission killed because it pointed back to a media payola system used by the governor to buy influence with the media? Onlookers can only speculate as Cuomo has gone silent, running out the clock as the DOJ investigation seems unlikely to indict or absolve Cuomo before the Sept. 9 gubernatorial primary. Meanwhile, anti-corruption candidate Zephyr Teachout struggles to expand her name-recognition in time.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 7, 2014 Zephyr Teachout Aims to Capitalize on Cuomo's Moreland Mess
Offering New York Democrats a progressive alternative to the increasingly "moderate" governor, progressive upstart candidate Zephyr Teachout hopes to make the upcoming primary competitive in the wake of the ballooning Moreland Commission scandal. Her unusual name aside, Teachout's anti-corruption credentials make her an interesting and relevant candidate in the mold of Elizabeth Warren.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 4, 2014 CONFLICTED: MSNBC's Mixed Reporting on Common Core and Charter Schools
Wondering why MSNBC is slow to cover conflicts of interest as public funds flow out of classrooms in every zip code? The push to make all states "common" doubles down on testing and private contracts and diminishes local input, with accountability rules that mirror model legislation put forth by ALEC. See how coverage of these hot debates has fared on the left-leaning network as Common Core and charters continue to roll out.
SHARE Monday, January 27, 2014 BACKFIRE: James O'Keefe's Latest Video Mostly Absolves Battleground Texas
TEXAS TAPE TOO TOXIC FOR FOX: After hyping James O'Keefe's latest sting video on Fox-TV, Megyn Kelley ended up not showing the video which purported to show Wendy Davis supporters laughing at the disability of Republican opponent Greg Abbot. Read why the story ended up relegated to sites like WND and Infowars.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 10, 2013 Is Rachel Maddow Going Easy on MSNBC Advertisers? [UPDATED]
A look at the effect MSNBC advertiser dollars may or may not have on programs like The Rachel Maddow Show. With big industries ready to spend unlimited cash on issue ads, buy off politicians, plant fake news and junk science, the public awareness of GMO foods and hydrofracking seems to be going nowhere. We ask if a potent progressive broadcaster like Rachel Maddow can be muzzled by corporate overlords, drunk with ad cash.
(10 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 22, 2013 FACT-CHECKED: Hannity's Lies Harming American Consumers
Sean Hannity's new low in deception has prompted responses from several top news and consumer reporting outlets, attempting to set the record straight for US citizens who need to know about the new state exchanges that will providing health care policies. Are citizens yet recognizing the immediate harm, waste and fraud that this broadcaster is causing to the public?
(20 comments) SHARE Monday, April 15, 2013 Learning the Hard Way: The False Promises of Standardized Tests
With parents choosing to opt their kids out of state testing in increasing numbers, we look at the question of whether it's been hurting or helping schools. The data is in and since implementation, performance across the country has flat lined, while billions have been sucked out of school budgets to enrich a handful of large, privatized testing firms while killing the love of learning for a generation of American students.
(24 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 17, 2013 Questions Persist After Guilty Verdicts in Steubenville Rape Trial
A verdict was handed down Sunday in the case of "Jane Doe", a teen who was allegedly gang raped during a series of wild parties in August. Two defendants were found guilty of rape, in this case, the use of their fingers to violate a sixteen year old who was not in a position to give consent. But questions persist, including the case of other youngsters photographed in the same basement...
(29 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 16, 2013 Maddow: MSNBC Special on Iraq WMD Will "Upset" Many
Will we finally see evidence the Bush administration lied about Iraq's WMD program on TV? This Monday, Rachel Maddow + MSNBC's documentary "Hubris" will detail how many dissenting views of Iraq's WMD threat simply got steamrolled.
But will this show include the most damning details that cry out for war crimes investigations? If Cheney's team misled US officials, how could it not be high treason? We'll wait and see.
(57 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 3, 2013 Selective Tyranny: Why "Terrorized" Gun-Owners Applaud Obama's Worst Constitutional Abuses
The gun debate in the US has reached fever pitch following the Newtown massacre, but daily gun violence was normalized long ago, inextricably linked with gun access. Gun-toting patriots claim to be a check on government abuse, looking narrowly at their Second Amendment rights while the ignoring indefinite imprisonment - or death by executive order.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 19, 2013 Hannity Takes Pay to Astroturf For Hydrofrackers
What would you do if you wanted to expand hydrofracking in New York state, but the public was protesting because of the risks to the environment? You call Sean Hannity, the #1 public opinion masseuse. That's what happened this week as the media noticed Hannity's ire for Cuomo's fracking delayy, but this began just days before Hannity started promoting a new pro-fracking film in a paid ad campaign. Coincidence?
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 30, 2012 2012: Another Year in Mainstream Media Malpractice
Do you get frustrated each year looking back at the way the media reported the news? Are you seeing the worsening influence of corporate control on story selection and context? Do you see fewer and fewer examples of credible journalism as you span the radio and TV dial? If so, take a gander at some of 2012's most under-reported stories and feel free to comment or add your own.