EAG Gets National Recongition: Pants on Fire
This is the kind of thing Kyle Olson and his writers are probably proud of. Bad press is better than no press, after all. But EAG now ranks with Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Marco Rubio and Michele Bachmann after receiving Politifact’s Pants on Fire rating for published lies.
This one involved a misrepresentation of school a budget, something that EAG publishes almost daily. EAG writer Ben Velderman wrote that the Portland School District spent half a million dollars to promote the racism of peanut and jelly sandwiches. From their perspective on the extreme, extreme right, this kind of Brightbart fabrication probably sounds believable, but to the rest of us its just plain stupid.
EAG spends as much time misrepresenting school budgets as does misrepresenting union contracts these days, now that it has moved on to demonizing public schools as well as unions, part of the right wing campaign to monetize public schools.
EAG has focused on Wisconsin of late, particularly those areas where school vouchers are being proposed.
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, EAG criticized a “huge restaurant tab” that was actually the rent paid on alternative learning center.
In Milwaukee, it trumpeted $300,000 in taxi cab charges, money actually paid to bus special needs and homeless students to school.
When interviewed about his racist PB&J sandwich claim, Velderman said: “I try not to be inflammatory. I try to keep it as reasonable as possible, by not making outlandish claims.”