few weeks ago, the California education department did a peculiar thing: It scrubbed historical data about standardized-test scores from its public DataQuest website. This being a government agency, it immediately began to lie to the public about why it had done this. California law forbids using comparisons between different tests to set policy or evaluate programs. This makes sense: If last year 40 percent of students received 85th-percentile ratings on a standardized test and then this year 70 percent of students received 85th-percentile ratings on a different standardized test, it is likely that the radical difference is in the test, not in students’ performance. The law, however, says not one word about making historical test-score data available to the public or suppressing that data.
The double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On August 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
But on August 21, after a court sentenced former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 48, for sexually abusing a 15-year old boy merely a year ago, the Post ignored it completely. Apparently there was no room. That boy’s family had no media advocate there.
It’s horrible that a priest would so egregiously betray his vows to abuse and manipulate a child. It’s also horrible that a mother would betray her teenage son by sexually molesting one of his friends. But only one of these stories is apparently “newsworthy.”
It’s obvious that in our culture today, the idea of a 15-year-old boy “becoming a man” with a grown woman is seen as a happy occasion. The notion of childhood innocence is not just antiquated, it’s downright silly. People imagine the high-school high-fives, and don’t think of rape.
If Shattuck were a Ravens football player, not a cheerleader, it would be news.
Tom Fitton, the president of Judicial Watch, says there is evidence that the Obama Justice Department and the IRS have known about the Toby Miles account for some time but chose not to tell the court. A House committee months ago urged that a criminal inquiry of Lerner be initiated by the Justice Department, but so far it has been ignored.
Lerner’s case reminds one of Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, who avoided government-transparency laws by conducting government business using the e-mail alias “Richard Windsor,” a name derived from a dog she owned while living in Windsor, N.J. In 2013, the Competitive Enterprise Institute sued and got 3,000 “Richard Windsor” e-mails released, but there are another 120,000 records related to CEI’s request that it hasn’t gotten. The EPA says it can process only 100 records a month — meaning that the CEI request will be fully processed a century from now.
‘More men have been killed over water than over gold or women.’