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The St. Paul Pioneer Press has an “All Lives Matter” Problem

Let’s talk a little bit about the narrative regarding the upheaval in St. Paul Public Schools. And because that is such a sprawling and, at least on the internets, bloviation-prone arena, let’s start with local news media coverage.

The point we’re going to build up to: Much of the coverage to date, and in particular the reporting done by the St. Paul Pioneer Press, has framed the tensions as the outcome of an antagonistic Black Lives Matter pushing school district leaders to punish a teacher “who Black Lives Matter St. Paul has labeled racist.”

The coverage has been biased, both from a journalistic standpoint and a racial one.

That quote is taken from a 600-word PiPress story that blames black activists—and not the racially incendiary defenses of the teacher in question that brought people to their feet—for shutting down a St. Paul School Board meeting Tuesday. Astonishingly, it fails to describe the blog and social media posts that lots of people—not just Black Lives Matter—found inflammatory. Continue reading

About that Loyal Opposition

Match, set, point to Valeria Silva?

Silva’s announcement last week that she will retire from her position as superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools when her current contract ends in 2018 was a supremely shrewd move. As were the equally savvy remarks she made to the St. Paul Pioneer Press’ editorial board over the weekend. Continue reading