The conservative media has mobilized to defend Betsy DeVos against the emerging portrait of her as a voucher-loving, out-of-touch billionaire who wants to privatize public funding and replace public schools with charter schools and religious schools.


Mercedes Schneider describes some of the rehabilitation attempts. One of them appears in the current issue of EdNext, whose editors are affiliated with the conservative Hoover Institution (disclosure: I was once on the editorial board of EdNext).


Having a sharp eye, Schneider scrutinized the photograph of DeVos that accompanied the article. She made a discovery: DeVos is looking at carpet samples! This is a strange way to portray a woman who is trying to establish her credentials as an “educator” or a serious person who cares about issues. Carpet samples? Was she redecorating the drawing room?