Really pains us to have to criticize one of the few actual news organizations in Kentucky. Even more painful to criticize one of a handful of real journalists with guts and skill.
How WFPL can run this story without disclosing the long BIPPS involvement in the religio-right-wing education movement – the push to pay for crazy religious schooling with your taxpayer dollars headed by Frank Simon – we’ll never know.
Calling the Bluegrass Institute a watchdog? Really? That’s worse than pushing Hal Heiner’s Jefferson County Public Schools hit piece that was created by his PR guy. One commenter said it best about that one:
The same can and should be said about this Bluegrass Institute story.
Surely the story’s author remembers when his former employer ditched Jim Waters, the man he is presenting as some legitimate leader and educational pioneer, refusing to allow his weekly column to be published. That employer followed our lead on cutting ties with him in late 2007.
There are tons of reasons it’s just common sense for a news organization not to promote BIPPS/Bluegrass Institute as some wonderful educational leader. Not the least of which involves its recent thin-skinned reactions to public discussion.
Nope, we’re primarily focusing on the Frank Simon crew. The bunch of religio-right-wing hatemongers. The group of people who have spent years and years spreading ill will, attacking public education, trying to kill public pensions and doing the thing fat white guys love to do: causing racial division while attempting to scare a handful of African Americans into believing in their cause(s) with Jesus. The least WFPL could have done was focus a tiny bit on what BIPPS actually is.
There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell that he doesn’t already know all of that. So this must have been a story that was assigned to him or pushed by his bosses who have something to gain (come on – that’s less crazy than the actual story). There’s no way this is a case of facts getting cut during editing. Nada.