Dispatch from ‘The Resistance’: California Bills Would Hasten Indoctrination

By | 2017-01-27T07:26:50+00:00 January 27th, 2017|
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California legislators, with all of the foresight of a newspaper columnist, have scanned the news pages in search of new monsters to destroy. With the shock of Donald Trump’s election, they’ve alighted upon “fake news” and “the Russian hackers.”

Assemblyman Marc Levine of San Rafael plans to introduce legislation that would require the state adopt a history curriculum teaching about Russian interference in the late election. He calls it the “Pravda Act of 2017” and says students need to “understand how Trump’s policies are colored by the way he rose to power.”

 

Earlier, Los Angeles Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez and Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa introduced a pair of bills to develop curriculum to spot “fake news.”

Levine’s “Pravda” is about as Soviet as it gets—partisan propaganda pure and simple. Here’s a fact Levine may not like: While the exact provenance of the WikiLeaks documents is controversial, nobody disputed their veracity. To the extent Leon Panetta’s hacked emails and Hillary Clinton’s leaked speech transcripts moved voters, they were moved by the truth.

As for teaching kids to distinguish fake news from the real stuff, well, good luck even settling on a proper definition . . .

Read the rest at the Sacramento Bee

About the Author:

Ben Boychuk
Ben Boychuk is managing editor of American Greatness. He is a regular columnist with the Sacramento Bee, a weekly syndicated columnist with Tribune Media, and a veteran of several publications, including Investor's Business Daily and the Claremont Review of Books. He lives in California.
  • jack dobson

    California parents can vote with their feet. Schools such as these are antithetical to democracy, but unfortunately California has become a post-democratic state. If it opts for independence, the separation should be encouraged and those counties that vote to remain free be incorporated into a new state.

  • bdavi52

    “While the exact provenance of the WikiLeaks documents is controversial, nobody disputed their veracity. To the extent Leon Panetta’s hacked emails and Hillary Clinton’s leaked speech transcripts moved voters, THEY WERE MOVED BY THE TRUTH.”

    Yes, absolutely. Though no one (other than ‘American Greatness’ cares to note that essential fact.

    If the Russians obtain a video of your spouse, cheating….the subsequent divorce is not the Russian’s fault. If the Russians film the next Kentucky/Louisville game and note that the shooter’s foot was on the 3-pt. line (not outside, as the Refs originally called), the subsequent point loss is not the Russian’s fault. If the Russians show you that your chef used spoiled cream in your clam chowder, your food poisoning would not be the Russian’s fault.

    The Russians did not hack your marriage or the game or your meal… they simply made the truth (which exists regardless of whether anyone finds & exposes it) apparent.

    But it IS a lot more exciting for Chicken Little to run about shouting, “The sky is falling..and the Russians hacked the election!” Scary, though; I think I need a Safe Space!!

  • AEJ

    Though more than worrisome, there’s hope for -and through- the young. We know children are ‘indoctrinated’ in Elem School through High School, and certainly it’s multiplied times over in College/University!
    And yet… many (not ALL though) of our young seem to able to resist this ‘indoctrination’, think for themselves, and vote contrary to how their professors would want them to.
    This graphic (from Brookings) shows how young ones 18-29 voted in 2016:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/66568aa8fd2ee8d1bfea8f670ffa5cbdcec6a4e53810a509fe1bc9fce8760ce1.jpg

    Now imagine if they were given balanced information during their years being educated!