Media Mis-Impressions

Harvey

Kronberg notes that several headlines in Texas (and apparently on television, too) announced the death

of Robin Hood after yesterday’s ruling. So while media outside the state ignored the story, media in

Texas misrepresented it. But it was not difficult to see this one coming. Most pre-ruling reports

about the trial lumped all the plaintiffs together into an anti-Robin Hood pack, without distinguishing

between property-rich plaintiffs and property-poor intervenors. “It’s broke,” was the usual depth

of analysis given to the school funding crisis. Then, after weeks of mostly empty press galleries, it

was a perfect storm of media yesterday. Should I mention the name of the television reporter who

actually closed his eyes and seemed to fall dead asleep behind the cameras? Naw, that would be too

cruel.

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