A Reply To A Reply from @tomamoran

Cross-posted at Jersey Jazzman.


You say:

Maybe you folks should take a pill, and engage people who disagree with you in a civil manner. You might find that I’m not as evil as you think. Who knows.

“Civil,” huh? From Tom Moran’s latest column, 8/29/14 (all emphases mine):

First, she [Newark State Superintendent Cami Anderson] is facing determined opposition from local activists and politicians who don’t seem to give a damn about the children.


It’s enough to make you wonder if the kids fit into the mayor’s political calculus at all.  


The heat comes mostly from unions, and from conspiracy theorists who see charter schools as a dark plot by Wall Street to somehow suck money out of the public system.

So it’s “civil” to say the opponents of One Newark “don’t seem to give a damn about the children“? It’s “civil” to say that Mayor Ras Baraka, a lifelong educator, doesn’t have a place for kids in his “political calculus“? It’s “civil” to say that those who report the undeniable truth that there are charter school profiteers are “conspiracy theorists“?

More below the fold.

Talk about selective outrage. Of course, this is part of a pattern:

Tom Moran, 10/27/12:

As Newark teachers prepare to vote Monday on their proposed contract, we offer this warning: The group opposed to the contract is spreading outright lies about its content.

Tom Moran, 2/19/12:

Their aim was to embarrass Vince Giordano, the union’s executive director, with a YouTube moment, presumably as he wedged his considerable girth out of a luxury car.

Star-Ledger Editorial Board, 10/23/11:

The charge that Tepper and Fournier are trying to make money is beyond ridiculous. They know how to make money. They have not suggested turning schools over to private investors. By fanning such a silly conspiracy theory, the NJEA is only confirming that it has no shame.

It’s worth noting that Moran does not quote any official of the NJEA directly who makes this charge. Here’s his attribution:

And several Democrats whisper the line pushed by the operatives of the New Jersey Education Association, who say this is a plot by Tepper and Fournier to enrich themselves by turning public schools over to private investors such as themselves.

This is, of course, completely unsourced.

Tom Moran, 4/29/12:

Some of that is based on old-school greed. Teachers unions, for example, generally want sturdy raises every year and no accountability.

Tom Moran, 12/18/11:

Sen. Ron Rice (D-Essex) isn’t so well-known, but his ego is equally breathtaking.

So — this is “civil”?

Spare us all the crocodile tears, Tom. Because you don’t have a substantive response to our letter, you hide behind complaints about things we didn’t even say, even as you engage in attacks far more personal than anything we wrote about you.

Comment (1)

  1. kfoster

    Teachers are greedy,  Wall St. is not.  Did I get that right?  


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