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D.C. Blogger Perpetuates Media Myths

August 4, 2011 | Blog

Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin provided an example of why Republicans have been losing for so long today, when she dismissed Rick Perry in strong terms for his efforts to reform higher education in Texas.

Adjusted for inflation, tuition at The University of Texas has tripled in cost since 1986, with no corresponding improvement in services, and even less interest in the trend. Higher ed is the one sector in America that makes ballooning medical costs look tame.

The problem starts with a higher ed establishment that has virtually no meaningful accountability and transparency. Recent data in Texas, gotten from the higher ed establishment with great grumbling and difficulty, shows the 80-20 rule in full form at the University of Texas, with about 20% of the faculty carrying the load.

Even still, Rubin was more than ready to label reform efforts “crackpot”, satisfied with false reports, being pushed by the higher ed establishment, that reformers have already decided how to fix the problem.

This is a lie. In her instinctive rush to throw in with the establishment, Rubin and the Washington Post perpetuated this myth.

In truth, preparations to examine teaching, research, and money-spending were all that was required for higher ed and friendly liberal media to settle into the high-pitched fear mongering that Rubin has now clumsily assisted.

In truth, our country is in desperate need of people with the courage to ask difficult questions about wasted money in government. Higher ed is a glaring example, and Texas forces, including the Governor, have challenged the status quo.

Rubin’s scathing tweets followed a Washington Post article by Karen Tumulty, which was itself a regurgitation of talking points from Texas media sources, primarily the George Soros funded “Texas Tribune”. Like the Tribune it seems the Washington Post can be counted on to reflexively protect liberal power.

However, Rubin, part of the “love me too” conservative crowd in D.C., gave us an example of why conservatives have managed to get routed despite enjoying popular majorities on virtually every political issue.

Weston Hicks

Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and four children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at [email protected]

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