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Fox&Friends “Pushing Propaganda” – Ya Think!

Reported by Priscilla - April 13, 2009 -

Last week, on the Fox&Friends series, the dumbing down of American students (whoops, “The Trouble With Textbooks”) Steve Doocy interviewed a textbook reviewer from Texas. While the interview didn’t really get into specifics regarding which textbooks were deemed heretical, there were the standard Fox leading questions and chyron propaganda. What was missing was the background on this innocuous sounding reviewer whose credentials are a testament to the Christian, conservative, right wing agenda of Fox&Friends.

The discussion, April 8th, focused on how Texas is very important to publishers as it is a mass market. Neal Frey, who runs Educational Research Analysts, talked about how publishers want to get on a Texas list because if a book passes muster in Texas, it must be suitable for schools. He talked about the strict standards in Texas and how publishers are fined for inaccuracies. While the same old tired chyrons read “Liberal ideology taught in US classrooms” and “Pushing propaganda, controversy over errors and bias in books,” Steve Doocy pushed his propaganda with the question of “are you astounded at how much spin is in the books?” and “we’ve been talking about many inaccuracies and spin” in textbooks (according to Christian conservative, right wing professor Larry Schweikart, so I guess it must be true!). Mr. Frey’s comments seemed non partisan and fact based; but let’s takes a look at what he really represents.

Educational Research Analysts, founded by Mel and Norma Gabler, is described as "An original contribution to the Christian conservative intellectual renaissance." (No agenda there, no sireee). Their mission statement tells you all you need to know: “We are a conservative Christian organization that reviews public school textbooks submitted for adoption in Texas…” The subject areas are near and dear to the Fox Nation. They include “scientific weaknesses in evolutionary theories, original intent of the US Constitution” (slavery and no women’s suffrage?), and “emphasis on abstinence only education.” (Yeah, Texas has the third highest rates of teen pregnancy so, how’s that abstinence thing working out?) Suffice to say, they don’t like evolution. Mel Gabler “protested the influence of the women’s liberation movement, which, he said, had ‘totally distorted male and female roles, making the women masculine and the men effeminate’.” Anyway, I’m surprised that Steve Doocy didn’t provide some background on this guy although Mr. Frey is probably well known and loved in The Fox Nation.

H/T to reader Ira R