The NY Post's Secret Stake in the Chicago Teachers' Strike

News Corporation corruption just keeps coming.

Unsurprisingly, The New York Post has run some of the most hateful anti-union coverage of the Chicago teachers’ strike since it began on Monday.

One Post piecepublished yesterday, claimed, “the strike is so chock-full of nonsense that it’s hard to know where to begin.”
But, according to an exclusive report byBold Progressives.Org, Fox News has a serious financial incentive in this struggle that the news agency has failed to disclose.
In 2010, News Corporation bought 90% of a technology company called Wireless Generation, which is software that does test score assessments for school districts. Two years later, the Board of Education of the Chicago Public Schools bought the Wireless Generation services for $3.4 million. The two services it bought were “Early Mathematics Assessment Services” and “Early Literacy Assessment Services.”
What does this mean? Well, News Corporation has a financial incentive in Chicago Mayor Emanuel’s ideological push toward ever increasingly impersonal, test-based assessments of the city’s school district. That push is, you guessed it, exactly one of the reasons the Chicago Teachers Union is striking. Luckily, News Corporation just happens to be the parent company for a daily print newspaper in New York City, where it can spread anti-union propaganda. 
Amazing how efficient the corrupt consolidation of power can be, no?
AlterNet / By Laura Gottesdiener

Posted at September 12, 2012, 2:31pm

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