Update: What MSNBC's O'Donnell Gets Wrong About Denver
#edcolo @ednews Following up on recent coverage in The Nation and on Salon, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell did a segment with Denver school board candidate Emily Sirota in which he seemed to have the view that the big-money opposition to union-supported Sirota was coming entirely from pro-voucher Republicans.
The Denver race may make the case for campaign limits for school board elections but let's be clear that this fight is not really between Democrats and Republicans but between Democrats who favor charters and other reforms being undertaken by the current superintendent and those who who oppose them or at very least want to go slower. Pro-voucher Republicans are in there, too, but the mayor of Denver, the Governor, and several others are all supportive of Sirota's opponent. Too often, education debates these days are viewed (or cast) as liberal vs. conservative (or Democrat vs. Republican) when they are really internal Democratic debates in which Republicans and conservatives are somewhat involved. Also, as Denver's alt weekly Westword noted, O'Donnell's viewers might have wanted to know that Sirota's husband is a columnist who's been writing about the race -- the likely source of the segment idea in the first place.