Sunday, September 25, 2016

JEB Stuart High School's Incoherent Gun Control Propaganda Screed

JEB Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia operates an online, allegedly student-run, newspaper entitled The Raider's Digest, in reference to the school's mascot. While ResistanceMedia exposed last month the completely unethical and extremely sloppy journalism of the West Potomac Wire, the Raider's Digest is even worse.

Apparently, there are absolutely no journalistic standards at the Raider's Digest. While the FCPS establishment attempted to jam through a policy which would expel students who criticize the transgender agenda, they neglect, or refuse, to exercise even the most basic editorial control over their own publication. A substantial number of the articles that appear in the Raider's Digest website would earn a failing grade if they were submitted as a fifth-grade persuasive essay. That assessment may seem harsh, but you will see what I mean once you read what the Digest publishes.

I make typos and grammar mistakes from time to time, but they are nothing like what is published by the Digest, which is a much better indictment of FCPS English education than anything ResistanceMedia could post.

On February 18, 2016, the Digest published an article written by Ashley Sanchez, a JEB Stuart student.

The article is entitled "Gun Control in the US", but it is not exactly clear what news story it is related to. It is obviously biased towards an anti-Second Amendment point of view, but it is posted in the "News" section of the Digest, rather than the "Editorial" section.

I have decided to simply post the article, in its entirety, and let it speak for itself. The original post is at this link.
   "Gun control has been a largely controversial issue for the past few years. Many people have been victims of public gun shooting. For example, the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school and the shooting of San Bernardino. (fragment) President Obama has brought up the issue but not much has been done.
    Sandy Hook was an event that prompted discussion of increased gun control. President Barack Obama made an emotional speech about this event. He made a call for a “sense of urgency” to limit gun violence. “Everytime i think about those kids, it gets me mad” said Barack Obama, he added “and by the way, it happens on the streets of Chicago every day”, referring back to his hometown. (run-on sentence) People in the business of selling firearms must get a license and conduct background checks or be subject to criminal prosecution. The FBI is hiring more than 230 examiners to help process these background checks. People with mental illness would get the help they need. the Administration is proposing a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health care.
    “If we can set it up so you can’t unlock your iPhone unless you got the right fingerprint, why can’t we do the same thing with our guns?” said Obama when discussing the issue. He believes making guns harder to get is a better solution. 
    They are making better technology to be able to use the gun such as an armband that enables use of the gun, if you do not have the armband on then it will not activate. (extremely sloppy sentence) There are many more ideas that may work, but the government is still doing research. Gun violence has been a very big issue because many students in college, high school and even elementary school students are at risk. Everyday people are at risk of gun shooting.
Readers must remember that this is a HIGH SCHOOL newspaper. This is the product of a FCPS education. In reality, the actual quality of FCPS writing education is most likely much lower than what is evidenced in this article.

In addition to the deplorable grammar, this article is inaccurate in several respects. In the last two paragraphs, the author discusses "smart gun" technology - at least that's what it appears to be about. The author mentions zero drawbacks to "smart gun" technology, while in reality, "smart guns" have many serious issues, and the technology will not be fully developed for many years.

This is simply unethical journalism. Journalism is not advertising. Anyone who writes for a news publication that claims to be balanced must mention both sides of an issue. But, since the public school establishment does not care about ethics - Ryan McElveen and many of his colleagues even voted against a "strategic plan" that stated that FCPS graduates should be "ethical."

ResistanceMedia was created as a reaction to this kind of media bias. For many years, local and national media has served as a propaganda outlet for public schools. Even when they do cover a scandal related to schools, they generally uncritically disseminate the school district's response, which usually blames the scandal on one or a few rogue employees.

On the contrary, ResistanceMedia.org serves as a true check on the exercise of power, which is what the media is supposed to be. 

There are also several other good news outlets that I recommend following, including:

TakeBackFairfax.org

Concerned Parents and Educators 

Fairfax Free Citizen

Several great Twitter pages including (1), (2), and (3)

The resistance against school tyranny starts with informing the public. 

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I like Annie Murphy Paul's articles, too. I believe she gives a very optimistic slant to learning we all could use

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