A conservative website has given a pretty harsh review of Wednesday's Washington Post article on the Wake County school diversity fight.
In a a blog post Wednesday, Newsbusters managing editor Ken Shepherd argues that the Post article unfairly paints Tea Party conservatives in North Carolina as being opposed to racial integration and diversity in Wake. Newsbusters is a project of the Media Research Center, which describes its mission as exposing liberal bias in the news media.
"In truth the Wake County, North Carolina, school board is simply moving to reverse decades of busing that shuttled some students to schools farther away from their homes in an effort to artificially engineer the socioeconomic and racial diversity of the county's individual schools," Shepherd writes.
Much of the rest of the blog post focuses on Shepherd's complaints that criticism of the old diversity policy got short shrift in the Post.
Shepherd notes how the Post article mentions several times that the diversity policy was "widely praised" and "behind one of the nation's most celebrated integration efforts." But he says it isn't until the 19th paragraph that it's mentioned that the diversity policy has had little success in narrowing the achievement gap.
Shepherd also contrasts how diversity policy critics Kathleen Brennan and Shila Nordone are quoted in the 22nd and 24th paragraphs of the story while NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous is quoted in the ninth paragraph. He argues that Jealous is an an example of now the Post "front-loaded the article with harsh allegations of racial animus."