Editorials too goldurned nice

Dateline: Fri 21 Oct 2011

Why does the Indianapolis Star always put on its white gloves when writing editorials?

Piss on it.

Today's editorial about Indianapolis Public Schools' Eugene White is a perfect example.

"Drop the charter-school excuse," lectures the Star, calling White's recent characterization of IPS students as "blind, crippled, crazy" "out of line." (I'd say it was indicative of someone who has little respect for many children in the system).

Thankfully, the newspaper reports some good data showing that charter schools apparently are not refusing to educate at-risk students, and in fact, some cater to that population.

But everyone who has watched White throw a tantrum or two in recent years knows that he is a bully with a "my way or the highway" mentality. His own teachers largely dislike him, accusing him of nepotism and maintaining the status quo, especially when it comes to the highly-paid administrators at the top.

At the end, the Star wimps out.

"White's words were unfortunate" (aside note -- he has "apologized" altnough he had to have the last word.)

The Star continues: "But his record in service to all children...should defuse any anger that those words triggered."

I suspect that at this stage in his career, White's dedication is not to children but his enormous paycheck.

The man needs to go, and the Star needs to quit propping him up.



Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Eugene White has done plenty to earn the ire of good editorial writers.

We just don't have any.

2011-10-21 10:21:48

Whitebeard [unverified] said:

Amen, Ruth. Amen.

The Star props up its "anointed" community heroes in a way that defies logic.

Most people are finally waking up to the reality that this is a pathetic dog and pony show and that the kids are the real losers in the end.

2011-10-21 12:21:45

Jake Rozelle [unverified] said:

Ruth, your own columns for the Star were not distinguished by their hard-nosed, take-no-prisoners style.

2011-10-23 19:25:14

Matt Stone [unverified] said:

Not to brag about my blogging colleagues, but this is one of the stories that started on the blogosphere and later gets picked up my MSM.

Paul Ogden's story on this was dated October 11 (http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2011/10/ips-superintendent-eugene-white-refers.html). Kara Kenney's story dated Oct 13 (http://www.theindychannel.com/education/29476539/detail.html). To Kenney's credit, she pushed and followed up on the story in a way no blogger could've done.

Kudos to all involved, including the courageous school board members.

2011-10-24 00:23:37

whosear [Member] said:

IPS is the chronically listing ship that will not sink.

2011-10-24 15:11:12

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Jack Rozelle: I think the attitude Ruthie was trying to project, in her columns, was more along the lines of:

Grateful for certain citizens' accomplishments, or sometimes on an alternative note: Mid-level wise ass.

And I kinda identify with that. A female Andy Jacobs. Smart, borderline sassy, readable, makes me want more.

2011-10-24 20:59:00

Jake Rozelle [unverified] said:

Whatever Ruth's column was supposed to be, it was never challenging to the status quo. It was always safe. That's why it seems odd for her to spend her newspaper afterlife criticizing the bland rag where she never rocked the boat.

2011-10-24 22:23:33

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

So, Jack, "rockling the boat" is the barometer by which you judge a former newspaperwoman's "effectiveness" at The Star?

By that standard, the hard-working wedding writer, or obit writer, or hjigh school sportswriter, would nevber be worthy of your praise.

Damn. Get bent.

2011-10-25 06:57:11

George Stuteville [unverified] said:

Not that Ruth needs me to come to her defense, but now hear this:

She rocked the boat.
I was there to see the ripples.
And, the splash.

2011-10-26 08:08:41

Jake Rozelle [unverified] said:

Those other writers have the same roles and obligations as a feature columnist?

Like I said, Ruth has been more than willing to slam Gannett since she left, but she was a goldurned nice team player while she was in the game.

2011-10-26 11:09:15

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