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Nets Link Mike Pence to Racial Bullying Incident


Cross posted to the MRC's NewsBusters blog

Between Friday morning and Saturday morning, several shows on CNN, CBS, and NBC took the time to highlight a bullying case in which three white boys allegedly held down a black classmate and forcibly cut her long hair after a history of taunting her.

Even though it had nothing to do with the story, several shows made a point of noting that Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen, teaches at the same school, Immanuel Christian School in Northern Virginia.

Ironically, on the subject of violence at school, CBS and CNN shows have been conspicuously ignoring the recently released book, Why Meadow Died, in which Andy Pollack ties Barack Obama administration policy to the Parkland school massacre which led students like the gunman to be allowed to attend the school and avoid being charged with crimes in spite of a well-documented history of the shooter being violent and making death threats against his classmates.

Back to the recent bullying case, on Friday morning, NBC's early morning Early Today show ran a report which even included a photograph of Vice President Pence and his wife. After the anchor recalled the attack on 12-year-old Amari Allen, she then added: "This is the same private school where the wife of the Vice President, Karen Pence, teaches two days a week. The office of the Second Lady has not commented on the incident."

Later in the day, on CNN Newsroom, anchor Brianna Keilar recalled gay rights "controversy" surrounding Karen Pence as she informed viewers: "Vice President Mike Pence's wife, Karen Pence, teaches art part-time at Immanuel. That's something that garnered national attention earlier this year when it was revealed that the school has a policy banning gay students and parents."

On CNN's New Day Saturday, correspondent Renee Marsh similarly recalled: "Immanuel Christian made news earlier this year because Second Lady Karen Pence teaches art part-time there despite the school policy that bans gay students and parents. Pence's office defended her decision to work there."

After CBS's Vladimir Duthiers on Friday mentioned Karen Pence in the item he read on the subject, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, to her credit, jumped in to emphasize that "this has nothing to do with Karen Pence," and suggested the boys should be kicked out of school.

On the subject of Pollack promoting his investigation of the Parkland school district's gross mishandling of school safety, and his warning to parents that other school have similar leniency policies for dangerous students, a Nexis search shows no sign that his book has been mentioned on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, or MSNBC, in contrast with Fox News Channel which has shown interviews with him about his book on at last five shows in the past two weeks since Why Meadow Died was released.

In a recent interview with Tomi Lahren of Fox News, he divulged that CNN had had plans to interview him but canceled.

As for CBS, an interview with Pollack was done which can be seen online, but there's no sign that it has been shown on any of the network's television news shows.

I can say, having read the entire book last week, Why Meadow Died does a impressive job of documenting the outrageous number of mistakes made by the school district, its efforts to cover up poor decision-making, and the Obama administration's role in pressuring schools across the nation into going soft on students with serious behavioral problems.

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