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Lauer for the Defense: Matt Asks Colorado Teacher "Were You Set Up?"
Today Show/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 03/07/2006 5:09:43 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein

March 7, 2006

Turns out the real culprit in the Colorado kerfluffle over the teacher who compared Pres. Bush to Hitler is . . . the student who complained about it. Just ask Matt Lauer.

Interviewing teacher Jay Bennish this morning, Lauer laid out this sympathetic scenario:

Lauer: "The family here, the student's family, didn't go to the school board with this tape."

Bennish: "They never contacted me."

Lauer: "They shopped it around to conservative media outlets and finally released it to one and created an uproar. On the tape you can hear Sean Allen [the student in question] asking you questions that seem to be egging you on a little bit. Do you feel you were set up?"

Wait a second, Matt. Isn't the essence of the teacher's defense that he was trying to provoke discussion of these issues? Didn't you just hear him say that "my job as a teacher is to challenge students to think critically," that he was trying to "encourage critical thought" and that students would "get extra credit regardless of their viewpoints"?

But when a student does just that, he is "setting the teacher up"?

Think Lauer would have floated the same theory if, for example, a Muslim student had recorded a teacher propagating the notion that Islam is an inherently violent religion?


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1 posted on 03/07/2006 5:09:45 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Today Show guaranteed engine-starter ping.


2 posted on 03/07/2006 5:10:54 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ah yes, another last gasp by the dinosaur media. Who watches this stuff anyway?


3 posted on 03/07/2006 5:11:24 AM PST by RightCanuck (Not right enough.)
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To: RightCanuck

Millions of sheeple.


4 posted on 03/07/2006 5:13:17 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Think Lauer would have floated the same theory if, for example, a Muslim student had recorded a teacher propagating the notion that Islam is an inherently violent religion?

Yes..........

5 posted on 03/07/2006 5:13:41 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I think the wacko teacher set himself up quite well. Watch what happens next: Students will be searched upon entry to classrooms for recording devices, including phones and MP3 players.


6 posted on 03/07/2006 5:13:58 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: RightCanuck

Antique collectors?


7 posted on 03/07/2006 5:14:41 AM PST by freedomson (Tagline comment removed by moderator)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I missed this segment, but what I did hear Lauer say, ticked me off.

Lauer and Curok pitched a segment on the worldwide problem of fat children. It's "a worse threat than terrorism", don't you know.

After this obesity bit, former baseball player Puckett's death gets a mention, only to have Lauer finish it off, with a gratuitous, totally unnecessary comment about the man struggling with his weight for the last few years.

Shame on Matt for using one man's death as a clever link to the next segment.


8 posted on 03/07/2006 5:15:38 AM PST by YaYa123
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
LOL! The teacher gets set up by the student.

Hey Matt, that doesn't say much about the intelligence of the supposedly older and wiser teacher, unfreakinbelievable, the pretzel twist logic lauer will use.

9 posted on 03/07/2006 5:16:58 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Lauer and Kouric are the two most depicable air breathing specimens of horse dung, I have ever seen, next to Dan Rather.
CEO's should realize that when ratings are low, look at why they are that way, and remove, repair or adjust the problem. I wonder what Katie Kouric would have said to the teacher, possibly offering her condolences for his pain and suffering.


10 posted on 03/07/2006 5:19:38 AM PST by outlaw1_2003
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This teacher looks to be but a young donkey, so where did he get his education?

Point is he is NOT alone in spewing this drivel, in my daughter's high school teachers parking lot, a truck is parked daily with the back glass painted with the same kind of mindless accusations.


11 posted on 03/07/2006 5:20:28 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
HEADLINE:

COLORADO TEACHER SET UP BY 12 YEAR OLD!

He is demanding due process after he refused to observe the same constitutional logic by indoctinating students in liberal socialist thought rather than teaching indepoendent analysis based on fact.

Not to be fooled.

We know Bennish wanted to convert his school into his version of a Left wing socialist liberal Madrassa, and he was stopped in his tracks by someone who values democracy and true independent analysis based on fact. And that person was 12 years old.

Get thee to a liberal-socialist wing-nut nunnery, you demagogue!

UR Fired!!!

12 posted on 03/07/2006 5:21:30 AM PST by Candor7 (Into Liberal Flatulence Goes the Hope of the West)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Today Show=F- Thanks for the ping. You get an A+
13 posted on 03/07/2006 5:22:08 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

As a teacher, I know that there are students that will bait teachers they don't like to get them to say something and then record their responses. That said, that obviously didn't happen in this case.


14 posted on 03/07/2006 5:23:41 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I can't believe the way this NBC leftist program hates America......why are they still on the air.


15 posted on 03/07/2006 5:23:43 AM PST by Fawn (I want the Madonna and Mick Jagger diet and exercise books!!!)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Jay Bennish no longer had the hippie long hair but has shaved his head and has a mustache....a cleaned up professorial look and rationalizing his teaching methods.


16 posted on 03/07/2006 5:24:20 AM PST by Carolinamom (I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. ---Ronald Reagan)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The Today Show is simply the MSM's video early-am version of MoveOn or the ultraleft Daily Kos.

The antics of Matt and CutieKatie are just as outrageously over-the-cliff and far left as Kos himself and their arguments seem to come directly from the Tinfoil Hatters of the Soros cult.

If you watch that program it is likely your brain will just explode.


17 posted on 03/07/2006 5:24:20 AM PST by UncleSamUSA (the land of the free and the home of the brave)
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To: Red Badger

You meant to put your /sarcasm tag, didn't you?


18 posted on 03/07/2006 5:24:48 AM PST by IrishRainy
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20 posted on 03/07/2006 5:27:22 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I watched the segment. It was a typical MSMS (main stream morning show) putrid display of deception. 

The teacher is sporting a new skinhead "hair"-do.

21 posted on 03/07/2006 5:27:59 AM PST by Zon (Honesty outlives the lie, spin and deception -- It always has -- It always will.)
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To: YaYa123

Have you seen Katie Kouric lately. she needs to spend some of her millions on a facelift. She has the crow feet around her eyes and mouth, starting to sag around the chin area. Yipes!


22 posted on 03/07/2006 5:28:05 AM PST by outlaw1_2003
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
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23 posted on 03/07/2006 5:29:10 AM PST by randita
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To: Dane
that doesn't say much about the intelligence of the supposedly older and wiser teacher

But those conservatives are crafty and conniving...why, they could trick ANYONE!

/sarcasm

24 posted on 03/07/2006 5:29:28 AM PST by IrishRainy
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
You knew it would be a joke of a segment when Lauer and Couric said he was suspended for comparing Bush to Hitler, he wasn't. He was suspended for not presenting a balanced lesson. The Bush/Hitler comparison was but one example of his "style" that indoctrinated students with a cacophony of anti-American criticism with no balance whatsoever.
His position as teacher is one of authority and power. Children at that age are taught to respect authority and this type of behavior in a classroom, intended or not, intimidates children into believing what the authority figure does because they want to be liked. It was only when I go to the university did I understand that.
The first failing grade I got was because an economics professor (a self professed marxist, declared after he received tenure) didn't "believe" that Reagan's economic policies were working. Forget reality and the facts, he didn't "believe" it.
25 posted on 03/07/2006 5:32:38 AM PST by newnhdad (All your government branches are belong to us!! not for long if this cr@p keeps up.)
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To: IrishRainy

Yes...........


26 posted on 03/07/2006 5:37:36 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This ludicrous excuse for a teacher is also a liar. I listened to both the boy who recorded him and his father yesterday on Hannity, and they said that they did go to the school administration first. Not only that, but this is not the first student to bring complaints to the school admin about this leftist propagandist.


27 posted on 03/07/2006 5:39:06 AM PST by Pablo64 ("Everything I say is fully substantiated by my own opinion.")
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To: Carolinamom
Here's a close-up showing just how much Bennish has cleaned up his act:


28 posted on 03/07/2006 5:40:50 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

The mean wittle student wif his wittle camewa set me up!
I can't wait to get on DU and register my disgust
and broadcast myimpotence around the world!

WUSS!

29 posted on 03/07/2006 5:41:25 AM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: UncleSamUSA
If you watch that program it is likely your brain will just explode.

It's too late for me - as my tagline suggests, my only hope now is to try to save others ;-)

30 posted on 03/07/2006 5:41:47 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: Dane

If the teacher was teaching NON political issues that were not so strange, maybe the student would not have thought to record, display and confront.


31 posted on 03/07/2006 5:46:06 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: randita

the teacher found his way to a barber shop.

I saw previous pics that had him with thinning, long stringy hair.


32 posted on 03/07/2006 5:47:35 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Somebody should interview Lauer regarding his questions and tact in speaking to Bennish.

I would like to hear his answers.

I didn't see the interview this AM, so I can't know the context in which these softball questions were tossed. Was he trying to make Bennish look weak or was he trying to help him out?

33 posted on 03/07/2006 5:48:04 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I saw and heard the student and his mother on TV last night. This sophomore is one of the most level-headed and smart kid that I have ever heard....and I used to teach HS seniors.

As for those students who walked out of the school in support for the teacher, I saw them on TV...they looked rather passive to me, and I know from my teaching days that any excuse to get out of class is appealing.

34 posted on 03/07/2006 5:50:42 AM PST by Carolinamom (I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. ---Ronald Reagan)
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To: YaYa123
"...a gratuitous, totally unnecessary comment about the man struggling with his weight for the last few years.

Shame on Matt for using one man's death as a clever link to the next segment."

Well, Kirby's increased weight certainly was a factor in his blood pressure and subsequent stroke. So, where's the shame here?

Lauer & friends are jerks, but blaming him for lack of taste in pointing out Puckett's health (weight) is piling on.

35 posted on 03/07/2006 5:52:38 AM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon)
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To: television is just wrong
Here's the 'before' shot:

and here's the 'after':

Conservative eye for the liberal guy?

36 posted on 03/07/2006 5:54:54 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I had wondered whether the dinos would pick this up...I slapped my forehead when I saw the segment; I should have anticipated the way it would be portrayed. Today would never have reported the story unless they had a way to make the audience sympathetic to the teacher.

First, they have only the teacher on to tell his side, then they cherry-pick the quotes and have Laurer read the most damaging one (about the US being the most vicious country). Hearing a teacher bash Bush in his own words is fine for even moderates. Bashing the US is not as favorable to the oldsters watching, so Laurer quotes it himself with a chuckle.

Finally, mentioning the word "conservative" as many times as possible makes creates the impression that the student is the right-wing wacko. The teacher is just trying to do his job.


37 posted on 03/07/2006 5:55:29 AM PST by soloNYer
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; Dane
Lauer for the Defense: Matt Asks Colorado Teacher "Were You Set Up?"

Bennish was set up alright. We has set up by the socialist/lefty education that he apparently received in his miserable America-hating life. He needs slapped around each day for quite a while.

38 posted on 03/07/2006 5:56:22 AM PST by beyond the sea (Alan Simpson: "All you get is controversy, crap, and confusion from the media.")
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To: Carolinamom

teaching days that any excuse to get out of class is appealing......



Oh yeah. I would have loved class walk outs!!! I would join just about any cause just to get to walk out on a boring class. Unfortunately, we had a principal everyone was scared of. :) He would walk into the lunchroom and there would be total silence. At the time I didn't like it, however when he retired the school went downhill fast. A lax coach took his place.


39 posted on 03/07/2006 6:01:26 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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40 posted on 03/07/2006 6:01:58 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

exactly. He went through a MAJOR clean up.


41 posted on 03/07/2006 6:07:21 AM PST by television is just wrong (Our sympathies are misguided with illegal aliens...)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Questions I'd like to ask the 'teacher'.

How come you didn't just stick to the subject you are paid to teach, namely geography?

How many of your students can correctly identify both Atlantic and Pacific oceans on an unlabeled map?

How can the teacher be the victim in a situation like this?

Do you teach your students that Hitler was responsible for the deaths of tens of millions of noncombatants? And, on what basis do you reason that Bush is like Hitler?

After listening to your own rant, aren't you ashamed of yourself?
42 posted on 03/07/2006 6:09:08 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We have the government we allow and deserve.)
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To: PBRSTREETGANG

LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All your bush hate are belong to teachers!


43 posted on 03/07/2006 6:37:10 AM PST by Halfmanhalfamazing (Linux, the #2 OS. Mac, the #3 OS. Apple's own numbers are hard to argue with.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Typicla of the educational-media complex. They never miss an opportunity to harm America.


44 posted on 03/07/2006 6:46:43 AM PST by TBP
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Lauer: "The family here, the student's family, didn't go to the school board with this tape."

Bennish: "They never contacted me."

The parents contacted the principal and she blew them off. Then they went to the superintendent of the Cherry Creek School District. Other parents and students have publicly stated that they have complained to Bennish and about him to school administration in the past.

Right now Bennish is being interviewed by Peter Boyles on KHOW in Denver. Boyles, no rocket scientist himself and someone who doesn't believe that there is a liberal media bias, is tearing the Rasta man a new bung hole. Bennish has no recollection of comparing Bush to anyone other than Hitler in any of his classes.

45 posted on 03/07/2006 6:51:40 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
The only thing the Today Show is missing is the {{{{echoing}}}} voice of doom warning used to make sure listeners understand just WHO the *evil* ones are

Lauer: "They shopped it around to conservative media outlets and finally released it to one and created an uproar. On the tape you can hear Sean Allen [the student in question] asking you questions that seem to be egging you on a little bit. Do you feel you were set up?"

"They"{{{'theytheythey'}}},(in evil Republican voice) "shopped it around to conservative" {{{'conservconservconservative'}}}"media outlets and finally released it to one"{{{'oneoneONE'}}}"and created an uproar"{{{'up...roar...roaruproar'}}}}."

46 posted on 03/07/2006 6:57:52 AM PST by small voice in the wilderness (...what do you mean "Candy isn't married to Alan..?...)
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To: small voice in the wilderness

LOL. Sounds like one of Rush's hilarious parodies!


47 posted on 03/07/2006 7:05:43 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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48 posted on 03/07/2006 7:09:42 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Who is this Lauer of which you speak?


49 posted on 03/07/2006 7:17:06 AM PST by jgilbert63
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Lauer is a typical liberal garbage man. That teacher was indoctrinating those kids. The student who recorded him did the world a favor. Quite frankly after hearing the tape I wished I could punch that creep in the mouth.It shows how biased the education world is against this country. It shows how liberal the propagandists have polluted the minds of our young people.
50 posted on 03/07/2006 7:18:10 AM PST by Courdeleon02
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