This morning there were 66 comments following my interview with Randi Kaye.
Now there are 24.
More CNN hocus-pocus, now you see it, now you don’t.
Diane, maybe you should add a comment…not necessarily about the actual interview, but about the “missing comments.” Or maybe an email to someone at CNN.
Dear Professor Ravitch, What gives? They fear you! The highest compliment power can pay to prophets. When you have no case, you abuse your opponent, or deny her air time! Please continue for all our sakes. Frank Breslin
Wonder if the comment page is preprogrammed to recycle back to empty after certain time elapses?
Perhaps, but the comment threads for other stories seem to remain unmolested.
I just posted up again; I think this is the fourth time. I’m out sick with strep or something, so I have the time . . .
Thanks and I hope you get well fast.
There’s a gremlin!
I just wonder if CNN is behind this or if its just one person, or maybe a few, that has control over the site that is doing this?
I saved all of them on Pages the last time, so I am going to cut and paste now.
Motopu already reposted many many comments. CNN is disturbed.
This is a weird game.
If you had my email, would you send them to me? I am writing my next blog post and part of it has to do with our “news” media and their catchy slogans (“the most trusted name in…” and “fair, balanced, unafraid…)
Yes, of course. Just reply with email and I will send to you.
It’s not just CNN. The local Baton Rouge paper, The Advocate, does the same thing. This is especially true when you point out their bias or sheer laziness. Heaven forbid we hold them accountable. How dare we point out when they are being less than truthful
I tried to complete their comment form online it shows a 405 error. That’s a new one for me.
Anyway, it’s not like they have much credibility. They messed up big time with the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court decision and most recently with Ali Velshi tweeting that the Empire State Building shooting that it was an act of terrorism.
I think an open letter or an online petition is in order. (careful- I don’t want to become a StudentsFirst member).
I hope it’s just a rogue employee (probably a TFA alum) doing this on their own. If it’s corporate, well then make it FOX II and we’ll be done with them.
Why can’t they just get some Rhee supporters to throw in their two cents in the comment section? Deleting stuff just looks bad.
I agree with Alan. Deleting stuff just looks bad.
And they probably own the content once you submit. I will check on that. The comments are in their system. They would have to be. I will look at that, too.
Cowardly News Network
Remember the early days?
Those days are gone, I guess …
An interesting note: The Chicago Tribune just had a story about CNN (wish I could link)–”To Survive, Should CNN Take Sides?” ((Monday, August 27–A & E, Section 4, pps.1 & 3).”The cable news network that dominated the political discussions during the 1990s has slumped to record ratings lows this year, with its prime-time audience plunging by more than 40% compared with four years ago (No. 1 Fox News and runner-up MSNBC have each posted double-digit increases).Critics are attacking the Time Warner-owned network’s coverage as dull and rudderless.”
So perhaps, Dr. Ravitch, Randi Kaye was trying to make CNN more exciting by attacking you?
And, maybe–by pandering to Michelle Rhee–CNN was taking sides.
Finally–CNN might be trying to create some excitement and controversy by removing
viewer commentary, rather than be “dull and rudderless.” After all, Piers Morgan said, “I know we can be more opinionated without being partisan.”
Tell that to Randi Kaye.
Oh, something to add: did you know that CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton (who will be leaving at the end of the year, according to The Tribune story), is the youngest son of Walmart founder Sam Walton?
ReTired — now that explains everything!
Corporations and corpratists looking after their own.
This REALLY explains everything–AND it begins with a quotation from–Dr. Ravitch!
Google it–Jim Walton-Charter Schools–and you will come to this:
“Undermining Public Education-the Walmart 1%” It will tell you everything you need to know about the whys and wherefores of the CNN (Jim Walton, CNN Worldwide President) debacle.
Dr. Ravitch & readers: do you think that CNN will ever be fair after Jim leaves?
It’s not about being fair, it’s about making money and the more the merrier plain and simple.
In any case, I’m done with CNN, and I think we should all be. Let their ratings plunge to
100%! I’ll have to give up my nightly 360 habit (&, remember I said on one of the earlier CNN posts that 360′s last education story was about how the California Teachers’ Union
had supposedly bought off some state legislators by having them abstain on a teacher molestation bill, so that it wouldn’t pass?).
As if teachers/teacher unions support child molesters!
What has happend to CNN. What I believe was once a “fair and blanced” news organization has now joined the ranks of agencies promoting biased agendas re: public education. And I’m not upset that they post opinion pieces by “educational professionals” that veer away from the majority view of public educators, or that they allow a greater share of time to public education detractors. I’m really upset by the lack of parity in the comment sections of their online media. The above examples of comment contributors having their statements removed is incomprehensible to me. So, I tried to comment on an opinion piece entitle “My view: To unions, Chicago is the next Wisconsin” by Collin Hitt. His bio says that he works for a non-partisan research institute, but his words betray his intent: to undermine public education. Well, I tried responding last night and this morning to his piece and both times my comments (pejorative-free) were not posted. If this is due to reasons other than bias, my apologies to CNN, but judging by the comments above, I would think it to be something else entirely. Here was my comment. As you can see, I don’t think it needs to be flagged for anything other than being a rational response:
“Those pesky unions, huh, Collin? The very same people that fought for fair wages, fair work hours, and fair treatment. But, some of your insinuations are correct: bureaucracy and red tape are a drag on the system. So, to quote a dead metaphor, let’s throw the baby out with the bath water, right? No, you make pointed changes to the system. Not arbitrary, unproven changes to the system. You change the process of getting rid of teachers with bad evaluations – not evaluations that stem from multiple choice tests taken by students with a rainbow of different backgrounds. You look to the teacher education programs in universities and implement changes that will ensure that only those students that have completed course of study and teaching practicums with high marks move on to the profession. But the biggest thing that needs to change, and it is something that you and your think tank buddies probably don’t want to address, is the economic and social disparity endemic to society itself. There needs to be a paradigm shift in communities – a shift that places a greater emphasis on education, family and health and safety. But that is the hard one to tackle, so, in the meantime, let’s blame the teachers, break the unions, hire young people eager to work for low pay and long hours (and break them in the process) and call it a good day’s work. No thank you, Collin.”
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