You would think the Chicago Teachers Union has too much going on right now to wage a personal campaign against a local filmmaker.
School starts September 4, and CTU is about to authorize a strike after having been embroiled in a contract standoff with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. And they’ve been busy deploying union members all over town (even up to Wisconsin) to participate in protests with Occupy, against Scott Walker and NATO, and various other activities that are completely unrelated to teaching.
Nevertheless, they had the time to produce a 23-minute hit piece video on Andrew Marcus, director of the upcoming documentary Hating Breitbart, and an organization for which he produced a short documentary, Education Action Group.
What did Marcus and EAG do to cause the Chicago Teachers Union to release a 23-minute video just about them?
They worked with FOX News’s Juan Williams to produce “A Tale of Two Missions,” which “examines the reform battle being waged in Chicago between advocates for school choice and the CTU.”
For this, the CTU refers to Marcus as a “right-wing extremist” and his blog, Founding Bloggers, as “radical.”
The Teachers Union may also have been upset about Marcus’s coverage of some of their protest marches, particularly the documentation of their collaboration with Occupy and Anarchist organizer Lisa Fithian:
According to Marcus, “The leadership of CTU premeditated their own arrests with the help of self-proclaimed anarchists, and yet they smear my reputation. They should apologize to me and the law abiding people of Chicago who deserve teachers who put children above radical politics.”
I’ve been documenting the strange bedfellows the Chicago Teachers Union has been keeping, particularly during the Occupy “spring” and NATO protests. If they are so concerned about the children, maybe they ought to quit going to anarchist and Occupy protests and using children as cover for their own far-left political agendas.
And if putting their resources into attacking Andrew Marcus and EAG for exposing the truth about their activities–and about the woeful state of education in Chicago today–results in a hit-piece video 23 minutes long, what will they do if the mainstream media ever started reporting on them?