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Fox Says Stay In School - literally

Reported by Chrish - April 7, 2006

The Fox morning news yesterday 4/6/06 was mostly non-stop coverage of Cynthia McKinney. I counted at least 4 segments per hour between 9 and 11. But in between, William LaJeunesse managed to express concern that “thousands of students will get nothing more than a slap on the wrist” for cutting classes to join in the immigration protest march in Los Angeles.

In response to LaJeunesse’s question about whether the students would be punished, a school administrator calmly replied that as long as the students made up the schoolwork they missed, there was really no problem. He then asked the administrator if this walk- out will lead to more school drop-outs to which the gentleman replied that he would have no way of knowing. (Comment: dropping out of high school is a result of many factors and is not a result of a one day walk-out) At the conclusion of the interview, LaJeunesse mused about this walk- out, which had “the tacit consent of the teachers,” being part of an overall truancy problem in Los Angeles. And in true Fox style he concluded by stating that “some people say that the walk- out was tolerated because the students were Hispanic.”

Comment: I don’t know about you; but when I was in high school, we had a “bunk day” at the end of the year – a day spent goofing off. These students were a part of a peaceful protest involving members of their ethnic community asserting the right to be treated with respect and dignity – a true historical event considering the magnitude of the crowd. Thus, it wasn’t just “bunking” – it was an opportunity for these students to participate in history as it was made. LaJeunesse’s desire to see the students “punished” was just another example of Fox’s bias against progressive education and Hispanics. Once again, Fox plays to a very (if not racist) prejudiced audience.


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