September 4, 2012 | Posted At: 02:40 PM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: Campaign 2012 , Media Watch
Campaign 2012: NCLB Waivers Vs. Welfare Waivers
The Washington Post's Erik Wemple notes that the LA Times, deciding against the fashionable journlistic copout of having separate Fact Check operatoins, sometimes comes up with particularly bracing headlines for its news stories, like this one: "Rick Santorum repeats inaccurate welfare attack on Obama." This brings to mind two thoughts: What would education headlines look if they were equally unvarnished about the known facts ("Politicians intrigued by parent trigger despite lack of evidence")? And, on the substance of Santorum's false attack, what if the Republicans were attacking Obama on waiving NCLB instead of welfare work requirements? Their case is much stronger here than on welfare. Of course, they wouldn't do this since "everyone hates" NCLB and the states have rushed into the waiver game, whereas "everyone loves" the welfare work requirements and state responses have been mixed.