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Saturday, March 24, 2018

After ’60 Minutes’ Debacle ‘Fox & Friends’ Pitches Softballs To DeVos

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

After embarrassing herself on CBS’ 60 Minutes, one of President Donald Trump’s controversial cabinet appointments, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, retreated to the administration’s safe space on Fox & Friends, where she was asked easy questions and not challenged on the specifics of a school safety commission she will chair.

In a March 11 interview with 60 Minutes anchor Leslie Stahl, DeVos struggled to provide evidence in support of “school choice,” her signature issue, stumbled when challenged on her claims, and failed to answer even basic questions about schools in her home state. When pressed to say whether there are as many false accusations as actual sexual assaults on college campuses — which fits into a long-standing right-wing media myth that the problem of sexual assault is overblown — DeVos said, “I don’t know.”

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Betsy DeVos Embarrassed Herself On ’60 Minutes’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams


Education Secretary and multi-billionaire Betsy DeVos firmly believes that her ascent to the top of the list of President Donald Trump’s “most hated” cabinet secretaries is simply the result of one big misunderstanding, but in an interview on CBS‘s “60 Minutes” Sunday night, DeVos bolstered critiques of her right-wing agenda by failing to answer basic questions and admitting that she hasn’t even bothered to visit struggling schools.

“I can’t say overall that they have all gotten better,” DeVos admitted of Michigan’s schools. Pressed by CBS‘s Lesley Stahl to explain why the so-called “school choice” model she has championed has produced such poor results in her home state of Michigan—where DeVos spent millions on the expansion of charter initiatives and other privatization schemes—the education secretary couldn’t muster much of a response.…

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#EndorseThis: Kimmel Devilishly Destroys Trump’s Abstinence-Only Sex Education Plan

Presidents have acted out blatant hypocrisy in the past. George W. Bush’s call for a “humble” foreign policy, for instance, was a total sham from the day Ol’ Georgie assumed office.

But nobody takes the (stripper-filled) cake on do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do quite like our philanderer-in-chief Donald Trump.

In today’s clip, late night comic Jimmy Kimmel calls out the Trump administration’s $75 million initiative pushing abstinence-only education. This latest brainchild of Betsy DeVos could hardly be timed worse, with the POTUS currently facing a legal dead-end while trying to cover-up an illicit affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. (And like every DeVos brainstorm, it’s a stupid idea, too.)

Watch for Jimmy’s wonderful take on Trump abstinence pamphlets at the half-minute mark.…

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