“Silent” protestors with their mouths taped shut confronted Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and corporate education proponent Michelle Rhee as they entered a carefully promoted and controlled discussion about education issues at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria, 828 I St, in Sacramento on Wednesday, January 25.
Demonstrators held a news briefing with local media outlets. The Sacramento Bee did not cover the demonstration. This protests occurs as Wall Street corporations and foundations are funding not only the privatization of education. The protestors set up a ‘gauntlet” of protestors with their mouths taped shut –something Rhee admitted to doing to her noisy students when she was a teacher. She later said some of the students were hurt when they removed the tape.
The “Town Hall” organized by Rhee and Johnson gained positive press coverage on local news channels. They covered Rhee’s views and the advocacy group without describing her connections to right wing groups.
Why do many reporters not report on the realities of the corporate sponsorship of one group of “school reformers”?