Filed at 7:34 pm under by dcobranchi

    Oklahoma blogger Sean Gleeson delivers an absolutely devastating takedown of a local “if it bleeds, it leads”-style news report on HE:

    In George Orwell’s novel 1984, Winston and his fellows were subjected to a regular ritual called the “Two-Minute Hate,” a brief video montage of horrible images — crimes, murders, calamities, and such — at which the viewers were expected to boo and hiss. Then an image of the designated enemy would appear, so that the irate audience could channel their rage at this personification of evil, even though he was little more than a made-up scapegoat.

    Nick Winkler, a reporter at KWTV News 9 television station, has almost doubled the Orwellian standard. Instead of a mere two minutes, he treated Oklahoma City to a full Three-Minutes-and-Forty-Seconds Hate, complete with cruel child abuse, beating, and murder! His designated villain was homeschooling parents, every one of whom, he implies, should at least be presumed a potential child batterer.

    For full impact, watch the report first, then cheer Sean’s shot-by-shot fisk.

    Hat tip: Joan


    Comment by
    August 28th, 2005
    at 9:19 am

    Wow, a fisking with pictures. The bar has ben raised.

    Comment by
    August 28th, 2005
    at 11:18 am

    I watched that clip and it says over and over and over again that MOST homeschooling parents do a BETTER job than public schools. There are abuses to homeschooling–that’s what they are trying to cover. How would you handle abuses in the homeschooling sector? I am going to guess not legislation–but really, this report said 11 children have “fallen through the cracks” in Oklahoma in the last year. Who will be the advocate for those children???


    Comment by
    August 28th, 2005
    at 11:35 am

    Oklahoma (junk) news shows are the definition of low brow. Starring the pub ed crowd and aimed at the pub ed viewers. I only tune in when there’s a tornado warning.

    Comment by
    August 28th, 2005
    at 4:05 pm

    If there are no laws covering homeschoolers in Oklahoma, then the reporter must have been either confused or lying when he talked about all the parents prosecuted for failing to educate their kids. They might have been prosecuted for truancy, or even for abusing their kids, or they might be all in his mind. But any way you look at it, there are no homeschoolers involved. And how many public-school kids do you think are abused at home? I’m guessing the rate is a whole lot higher than among homeschoolers. Until the public schools can adequately protect and educate all the kids entrusted to them, they have no business with the rest of the kids.

    Comment by
    August 28th, 2005
    at 5:26 pm

    Approximately 10% of kids will be sexually abused by a g-school employee before they graduate.

    Comment by
    August 28th, 2005
    at 10:05 pm

    That’s exactly right. Unfortunately telling others what they are doing wrong is a whole lot easier than examining your own faults.

    This is a trumped up “crisis” that then demands remedy. And of course the remedy is….more governement oversight. But as you so rightly point out you can’t get more government oversight than the g-schools having the children for the better part of the day and abuse is there in spite of it all.

    Comment by
    August 29th, 2005
    at 10:37 am

    Absolutely brilliant fisk. Good find, Daryl. 🙂