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Wed Sep 19, 2012, 06:31 PM

Fox Won't Disclose News Corp. Testing Contracts At Heart Of The Chicago Teachers' Strike

Not only are most of their commentators infomercial presenters for Romney, they are also hip deep in corporate edu-business. Read on!

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2012/09/19/fox-wont-disclose-news-corp-testing-contracts-a/189993



In 89 segments between September 10 and 16, Fox News reported on the Chicago Teachers Union's strike without disclosing its financial ties to the educational technology company administering the standardized tests with which the union takes issue.

Fox News parent company News Corp. acquired a 90-percent stake in Wireless Generation in 2010. Last May, the company agreed to provide Early Mathematics Assessment Services and Early Literacy Assessment Services to Chicago Public Schools. These contracts total $4.7 million. A central reason the Chicago Teachers Union decided to strike is their objection to the school district's call for heavily weighing such standardized testing to ultimately determine teacher pay and layoffs.

But Fox News anchors and reporters never once disclosed its parent company's ties to Wireless Generation even as the network routinely criticized the strike and the Chicago Teachers Union.

The programs that covered the story most often:Fox & Friends (including the First, Saturday, and Sunday editions) with 31 segments over the entire week; America's News Headquarters aired 12 segments this last weekend alone; America Live was next with 7 segments; and Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Special Report followed with 6 segments each. Not one segment disclosed News Corp.'s business relationship with Wireless Generation despite repeated mentions and discussions of the teacher evaluations at the heart of the strike.



Well we knew they were shameless, but still. This is bottom-feeding the shameless-barrel.

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Reply Fox Won't Disclose News Corp. Testing Contracts At Heart Of The Chicago Teachers' Strike (Original post)
Starry Messenger Sep 2012 OP
geckosfeet Sep 2012 #1
progressoid Sep 2012 #2
Starry Messenger Sep 2012 #7
HiPointDem Sep 2012 #3
hughee99 Sep 2012 #4
Waiting For Everyman Sep 2012 #5
Starry Messenger Sep 2012 #6

Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 06:36 PM

1. Is this not getting to the point of Rico act prosecution? I mean, it's organized and

it's clear conflict of interest. Bilking money from people under false pretense and ordering your minions to slander those who are your political opponents is treading the line.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 06:57 PM

2. In addition to conflict of interest, why the fuck are they in the business of testing our kids?

Frankly I don't expect them to disclose their conflicts of interest. We all (except for some of troglodytes) know what their agenda is.

I want to know what school district thinks it's a good idea to have a Murdock company in charge of testing at public schools?

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Response to progressoid (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 07:32 PM

7. Seriously. It's bad enough that they soak adults in their propaganda.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 06:57 PM

3. kr

 

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 07:04 PM

4. If I understand correctly, the issue wasn't that there WAS testing, but how much weight it's given

Fox get's it's 4.7 million whether the school district bases everything on them or dumps all the results in the trash. Yes, they should have mentioned it, but I don't think it's as much of an issue as you seem to be implying.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 07:08 PM

5. I wonder who arranged for that contract in Chicago?

Who put that deal together? If it's a contract, something was signed, right?

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Response to Waiting For Everyman (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 07:17 PM

6. Good question. I'd like to know the answer too.

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