See below for some responses to an unbelievably bad article (“The Education of Glenn Youngkin”) on Glenn Youngkin by Molly Ball in Time Magazine (I’m not even going to link to this trash). It’s just really embarrassing, a horrible example of political journalism at its worst, from the title (Youngkin’s been educated??? how so???) to bizarre/at-best-premature claims like “Youngkin’s ‘tip line’ has not led to a new era of teacher McCarthyism” to extremely dubious claims (e.g., that Youngkin supposedly “won majorities of Asian and Hispanic voters” – see here for a reality check on that one; “Youngkin’s position on masks had quickly become bipartisan and mainstream” – really?) to just blatant fawning (e.g., “Affable, fun-loving, up for anything: It’s hard not to like Youngkin, a trait that accounts as much as anything for his sudden political celebrity.”) to completely failing to mention the fact that Youngkin’s campaign was heavily based on the old “Southern Strategy” of stoking “white grievance” and generally fear mongering, dividing people, etc.; In sum, what on earth is this crap?
Kindler: “I can’t remember the last time I saw a reporter work so hard to brown-nose a politician and whitewash his record. This isn’t journalism, it’s a campaign brochure. What job in the Youngkin White House are you angling for, @mollyesque?”
“Liberals & many in the media dismissed CRT as a graduate-level legal theory that they insist is not taught in K-12 schools, rather than grapple with the legions of examples of children across the country being taught racial essentialism” – Youngkin’s Ed Dept linked as source!
“Good lord, this fawning hagiography even gives Youngkin kudos for “rooting out critical race theory” without noting that this advanced academic theory is not actually taught in any school in the entire Commonwealth. He may as well take credit for driving out zombies.”
Sam Shirazi: “The reality is the precinct data and the overall results shows Youngkin did not win minority voters by the percentage the article claims. If that were the case, he would have won by a lot more than a little under 2%”
Kindler: “So, @mollyesque & @TIME, when will you be issuing a correction to this grossly inaccurate claim?”
Kellen Squire: “Molly, are you writing about the same Glenn Youngkin who has openly ignored one of his appointees going after my five year old?”
My comment: “Really bad/embarrassing article, from the title (Youngkin’s been educated??? how so???) to bizarre/at-best-premature claims like “Youngkin’s ‘tip line’ has not led to a new era of teacher McCarthyism”). What on earth is this?”
Also note: Youngkin’s paid PR guy fawned over this hagiography by Molly Ball, and Ball actually retweeted the Youngkin paid PR guy’s fawning! Unbelievable…
The reality is the precinct data and the overall results shows Youngkin did not win minority voters by the percentage the article claims
If that were the case, he would have won by a lot more than a little under 2%
— Sam Shirazi (@samshirazim) July 1, 2022
Ball retweeted this fawning by Youngkin’s paid PR guy (from the “Poolhouse Agency“)!
Check this out – Molly Ball just flat out LIES; in fact, Youngkin isn’t “rooting out critical race theory” because IT IS NOT TAUGHT IN VIRGINIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Also, the whole “CRT” faux-“controversy” is a cover for Republicans’ assault on teaching the history and reality of race (and racism, slavery, Jim Crow, etc.) in America. Ball, of course, does not mention any of that…