You know the greatest threat to American education as Media Matters wants it?
John Stossel. Libertarian.
— Sissy Willis (@SissyWillis) February 25, 2013
Possibly the greatest threat to the children ever, The Right-Wing Money Putting John Stossel In School Classrooms:
Two foundations that have been described as “the dark money ATM of the right” have spent more than $1 million combined funding a non-profit organization whose primary function is distributing libertarian education materials featuring Fox Business host John Stossel.
Sounds ominous, right? The foundations described as the “dark money ATM of the right” are funding this. Who uses that description? Well, the embedded link is to Mother Jones Magazine! That’s proof enough, a far left magazine uses an ominous description which then is used by Media Matters as proof of the description.
Media Matters continues:
The program now offers hundreds of free clips from Stossel’s shows and specials that claim to seriously address a range of academic subjects, including Art (“Why does Hollywood Hate Capitalism?”), Biology (“Debunking Food Myths”), and History (“The Real Story of Thanksgiving,” which explains “how the Pilgrims were hurt by sharing”).
“Stossel in the Classroom” also produces libertarian economics courses. The small team of economists that writes materials such as “Making Economics Come Alive with John Stossel” has multiple close ties to the Stavros Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise and Economic Education at Florida State University.
I’m thrilled that Stossel is bringing his libertarian views to the schools. I wish it had more of an effect.
It’s a drop in the union-statist-Democratic school curriculum bucket, but it’s something. Here’s an edited video created by Media Matters (added — the video is of Stossel’s Fox Business show, it’s unclear from the MMFA post if this is the material shown in classrooms). I say, more please.
The video was produced by Oliver Willis, a Media Matters employee whose ranting on his own blog gave rise to the very first Saturday Night Card Game.
Someone ought to investigate how many “independent” left wing bloggers Media Matters and similar groups have on the payroll. It’s how Media Matters helps fund the left-blogosphere.