Student "Journalists": Puppets of the Public School Establishment

In schools across America, "student newspapers" are common activities for middle and high school students who are interested in journalism, media, or technology. However, these "student newspapers" often are little more than mouthpieces for the liberal public school elites. A perfect example of this can be found in Alexandria, Virginia.

The West Potomac Wire, a "student-run" publication associated with West Potomac High School, claims to be the "student voice of West Potomac High School." But if their news content is to be believed, that voice is overwhelmingly liberal, and fully content with stretching facts, exaggerating, and forthrightly lying. 

I challenge readers to find a single editorial on their website,, that expresses any viewpoint that even slightly conflicts with the ideology of the public school Establishment. 

West Potomac Wire, along with many other "student newspapers" like it, is nothing more than a propaganda arm of the powerful, overwhelmingly liberal, school administrators who direct the operation of this publication. This newspaper does not represent the legitimate voice of students.

On May 9, 2016, Nina Raneses, the co-editor in chief for the West Potomac Wire, released an article covering the ridiculous and unnecessary frenzy over the Liberty University President's endorsement of Donald Trump. Aside from being clearly biased, the article openly lied to promote the editors' (and their administration handlers') perspective on the issue. 

"On April 28, all nine members of the Fairfax County School Board, representing all districts along with the chair and vice chair, wrote a letter to the executive committee of the Virginia High School League (VHSL) explaining why the league should no longer hold events at Liberty University following comments made by the school’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., during a convocation speech in December 2015."

Their article is totally false. Firstly, there are not nine members on the school board, there are twelve. While nine members signed Ryan McElveen and Ilryong Moon's letter, three (Elizabeth Schultz, Jeannette Hough, and Thomas Wilson) did not. This frankly resembles Soviet government propaganda, where officials who fell out of favor with Stalin were not only sent to labor camps, but also were airbrushed off all official photographs and erased from all official records. Apparently, at West Potomac High School, school board members who refuse to rubber stamp the agenda of the FCPS elites do not actually serve on the school board. It's all an illusion...

This is not the first, or the only, incident of this puppet "newspaper" disseminating black propaganda (no, social justice activists, it's not a racial term.) On June 28, 2016, the Wire published a story by the same author (Nina Raneses) that wrote the article about the manufactured Liberty University "controversy." In the article, which was not in the Wire's op-ed section, Raneses claimed that "West Potomac Students Support House Democrats’ Sit-In on Capitol Hill." Similarly to her previous piece, the article started off with a totally false and unsourced accusation that in fact originated with a TV comedian. 

"From Wednesday, June 22 to Thursday, June 23, House Democrats initiated a sit-in on the floor of the House Chamber in a protest for gun control legislation. The sit-in came only a little over a week after a mass shooting at Pulse Night Club in Orlando that killed 49 people, and two days after the Senate voted down several gun control measures.

The sit-in garnered attention all over social media, especially after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) ordered for the C-SPAN cameras to be shut off, all the while the event was still streaming on Periscope on Twitter and across various platforms. People from across the region and the District flocked to the Capitol to witness the event, which included demonstrations on the Hill and in the city."

While ResistanceMedia is no fan of Paul Ryan, due to his undermining of Donald Trump's candidacy, we will defend him against this completely false accusation. A member of Congress cannot just tell C-SPAN to turn off their cameras. That's NOT how it works. Even many liberals agree that this charge is just not true. In fact, this idea was made by comedian Stephen Colbert that night, and then picked up by various liberal blogs. 

The West Potomac Wire is literally getting their news information from a stand-up comedian. 

The rest of their article is no better. While the headline claims that "West Potomac students" supported the Democrats' pro-gun control protest, the story revolves around a West Potomac graduate and her friend, who is a senior at West Potomac. That's it. One student. It appears that Nina Ramses, or more likely the administration editors, wanted a story pushing gun control to be published. And, therefore, they dug up a story of one student who went to DC and caught a brief glimpse of the protesters. 

This "newspaper," on top of their extreme bias and shredding of journalistic ethics, also shills for the group GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Educational Network.) GLSEN is a group that advocates that public schools promote homosexuality and transgenderism to students. In an article entitled "Latin Teacher Dedicates Career to LGBT Advocacy", "journalist" Shahtaj Ali violates journalistic ethics by stating that a policy requiring parental consent to join a Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) was a "problem." (excerpt below)

“The first thing I did was get the policy changed to not discourage GSAs [Gay Straight Alliance]. When I first got involved in 2000, I met someone at a different high school who had a GSA. At the time the county discouraged GSAs, they made it difficult for students to join,” he recalled.

Rigby saw the problem, and decided to act. [emphasis added]

“I contacted the superintendent and a legal team and I worked with the superintendent over nine months to change the policy. To not discourage GSA. Suddenly about a dozen GSA’s popped up. But that’s Fairfax over 17 years ago, it’s changed.”

Because of their loose journalistic ethics, the West Potomac Wire is a failing newspaper (as Donald Trump says regarding the New York Times.) While received 5,720 hits in July 2016, the West Potomac Wire only accumulated 1,800 hits in that month, according to SimilarWeb will continue to update readers on the latest about this important issue, and we will continue exposing what the public school establishment does not want you to hear. 


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