Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sacramento Bee reporting failure


The Sacramento Bee and KCRA both consistently slant their news descriptions of Prop. 30 in an anti Prop. 30  vote manner.  Here is the Bee:
SAN FRANCISCO - With public support for his tax measure falling below 50 percent for the first time two weeks before Election Day, Gov. Jerry Brown said this afternoon that the numbers are "a little puzzling" but that the campaign can still be won.
"I think we have a very good chance," Brown said at a press conference with business leaders here. "I'm not going to let anything slow me down between now and Election Day. Read more here: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/#storylink=cpy
KCRA news describes the proposition in a similar manner.
 To correct the writers.  It is not Jerry Brown’s initiative.   Thousands of people qualified this initiative and several unions including both Teachers’ Unions  CTA and CFT.  I worked to qualify this initiative.  You prejudice the vote by calling it Jerry Brown’s initiative.
Prop. 30  is not a tax initiative.  (Yes, it includes taxes).  To describe it as a tax initiative rather than a school funding initiative is prejudicial.
 It is The Schools and Local Public Safety Act. – which would prevent  $ 4.8  billion cuts from our schools. and 1.3 billion in further cuts to colleges and universities

You may respond, well the Bee endorsed Prop. 30.  That is good. But, the editorial board is not the same as the news writers and editors. 
Education is vital for the future of California.  Without a quality education, our children will not be able to compete in a global economy. Without a skilled, educated workforce, our state will not be able to create new jobs to grow our economy.  Investing in our schools  is the best thing we can do to ensure a better future for all Californians.
But today, our state ranks 47th nationally in what we invest to educate each child. We have the largest class sizes in the nation. Over the last three years, more than $20 billion has been cut from California schools and over 30,000 educators have been laid off.
When these issues are raised, the anti tax radicals chant no new taxes.
Now, the most immediate thing we can do is to pass Prop. 30 the Schools and Local Public Safety Act. – which would prevent  $ 4.8  billion cuts from our schools. and 1.3 billion in further cuts to colleges and universities. 


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