Banner story on dubious Prop. 30 threat doesn’t mention CTA!

Nov. 4, 2012

By Chris Reed

Early last week, an analysis I wrote for CalWatchdog questioned the central narrative of Proposition 30: that if it failed, there would be billions of dollars in automatic “trigger” cuts in public education.

“At some point — my guess is 9:30 p.m. next Tuesday — California’s political class is finally going to start thinking about how it will deal with this hole in the budget and stop lecturing voters about what jerks they are for not raising their own taxes to continue funding a broken status quo.

“Specifically, they will think about the implications of how Legislature and the governor forced school districts to deal with the $5 billion once it went missing: by cutting the school year by 8 percent, from 175 days to 161 days.

“Why does that save so many billions? Because it represents an 8 percent cut to by far the biggest item in the state budget: teacher pay. (Think about it: Prop. 98 reserves about 43 percent of revenue for schools; 90 percent or more of school district operating funds goes to compensation, primarily teacher pay.)

“At this point, the Prop. 30 strategy no longer holds schoolchildren hostage. It holds teachers hostage.

“Does anyone really think the California Teachers Association and its less brash little bro, the California Federation of Teachers, are going to stand for an 8 percent pay cut? When the most powerful political force in the state, by far, faces such a threat, guess what? It will come like a crazed wolverine after every last dollar of revenue available in Sacramento.”

To my pleasant surprise, after the analysis appeared, the Sacramento Bee began writing about this angle, starting with Dan Walters. Now the Bee has splashed on its Sunday front page a 1,300-word analysis of what happens if Prop. 30 fails.

But here’s what’s incredible. Bee reporter Kevin Yamamura’s story doesn’t mention the California Teachers Association or the California Federation of Teachers!

This is like writing a comprehensive story about the Lakers that doesn’t mention Kobe Bryant or coach Mike Brown. Are you kidding me?

On the other hand, what’s good enough for America’s most influential newspaper is good enough for the Bee.


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  1. Rex the Wonder Dog!
    Rex the Wonder Dog! 4 November, 2012, 09:20

    Media does not matter anymore, the word on public pay and pensions is out front and center and until it is remedied there will be no tax hikes no matter how much money or propaganda Clown and his public union masters throw at it.

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 4 November, 2012, 14:11

    I often wonder what real influence the New York Times, Sacramento Bee and similar dead tree media publications have anymore. I think the media elite exaggerates it’s own influence out of a mix of egocentrism and self delusion. Their time has passed and they don’t even know it.

    These legacy media companies are like a boxer who is out on his feet, stumbling around glassy eyed and ready to fall over. That condition might also explain the routinely brain dead “reporting” by schmucks like Kevin Yamamura.

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  3. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 4 November, 2012, 21:44

    How does that compare with the “captured media” or “faux media” epitomized by organizations like CWD, a controlled if not wholly owned subsidiary of Human Events. Human Events, by the way, has given its “Conservative of the Year” award to Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Jim DeMint, and Paul Ryan in recent years. So much for any pretense of objective journalism.

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  4. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 5 November, 2012, 08:58

    I always thought CWD was just a bit wayward in economic thought…..they will see the light after Prop 30 passes and Caliornia’s economy is stimulated toward full employment!

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  5. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 5 November, 2012, 18:08

    It also didn’t mention the “dark money” that has been illegally laundered in contributions to the anti-Prop 30 campaign.

    Since you claim to be a journalist, you’re certainly going to follow up on that aren’t you Mr. Reed?

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