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Another Today Show / "Matt Lauer" lie.
Frisco ISD. ^ | 5 October 2006 | Shana McKay-Wortham, Director of Communications

Posted on 10/06/2006 11:30:20 AM PDT by Red6

On the Thursday, October 5, 2006, edition of the Today Show, Matt Lauer announced that Ms. McGee was "unemployed" because "she says she showed some students some art and it got her fired." Ms. McGee also stated on camera "[i]t really blindsided me to go in the next day and realize my job was over." Finally, Ms. McGee claimed the principal reprimanded her for exposing students to nude art.

All of these statements are false, despite the real facts being available to the media and Ms. McGee for weeks.

The real facts are:

1) The Today Show showed its audience a memo dated May 18, 2006 and quoted from it. What the Today Show ignored and failed to disclose to the public was a statement in the memo from the principal that she was "confident that [they] can work together to ensure that our students receive an exemplary art education and that you can be successful at Fisher Elementary." The same memo identifies the principal's "expectations for the 2006-2007 school year . . ." for Ms. McGee.

2) Since Ms. McGee was an employee of the Frisco ISD in April of 2006, as well as now, she could not have been "blindsided" to "realize her job was over" the day following the field trip.

3) The trip to the Dallas Museum of Art did not "get her fired." The Frisco ISD has been taking students to the DMA for years and will continue to do so. No teacher has ever been fired for taking a field trip to the DMA.

4) Ms. McGee has not been fired and is still an employee of the Frisco ISD receiving full pay and benefits under her contract.

The District is disappointed and concerned that Ms. McGee continues to mislead the public and, more importantly, that the major media networks in America continue to ignore the facts that they have gathered.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cnn; education; media; reporting
My wife is a teacher in Plano, my sister in law a teacher in Frisco. Ironically while home on leave from Iraq in late 2003 I told my relatives about the sensationalizing, often erroneous reporting, which near always had a bias that served their agenda. Today my relatives see the same MSM lies even in Frisco Dallas. Will the media correct themselves?

Creating false and inaccurate perceptions that are there to create the 'conflict' which sells the story (All successful stories have conflict) is in reality nothing less than 'lying'.

1 posted on 10/06/2006 11:30:20 AM PDT by Red6
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To: Red6

"Will the media correct themselves?"

In a word -- no.


2 posted on 10/06/2006 11:33:19 AM PDT by Disturbin (Get back to work -- millions of people on welfare are counting on you!)
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To: Red6

* facts * complicate * things * alert.


3 posted on 10/06/2006 11:34:19 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...Church and state are home to the very same people....")
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To: Red6
FAKE BUT ACCURATE!
4 posted on 10/06/2006 11:36:31 AM PDT by blues_guitarist (Splunge!)
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To: Red6

5 posted on 10/06/2006 11:36:40 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: Red6; Abathar; Texican72

Interesting.

Here are some previous links to the original story and then a follow up.

Art Teacher Loses Job After Kids See Nude Sculpture
The Indy Channel ^ | September 26, 2006 | AP
Posted on 09/26/2006 12:33:20 PM EDT by Abathar

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1708619/posts

Frisco teacher had past criticism (Suspended Art Teacher)
The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 4, 2006 | KAREN AYRES
Posted on 10/04/2006 10:28:01 PM EDT by Texican72
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1713936/posts


6 posted on 10/06/2006 11:37:08 AM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind --- Support the Cause: Donate Today)
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To: Red6
Part of the problem is that far to many people even consider the Today Show to be news.

I have determined long ago that if it comes from Matt Liar to take it with a grain of salt.
7 posted on 10/06/2006 11:41:26 AM PDT by HEY4QDEMS (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: MineralMan; AnAmericanMother; Lekker 1; kitkat

Ping


8 posted on 10/06/2006 11:41:46 AM PDT by bwteim (bwteim = Begin With The End In Mind --- Support the Cause: Donate Today)
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To: Red6
In the story, what is it that really happened? Was the teacher reassigned? If so, why?

It seems bizarre that someone would get on national TV for claiming to have been fired when nothing happened. But the article gives the impression that that is the case.
9 posted on 10/06/2006 11:43:36 AM PDT by Gil4 (This tagline for rent - cheap!)
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To: Red6
when precisely in the history of American professional journalism was objective truth-seeking discarded in favor of personal gain?

if news editors and reporters feel they have to invent news to keep their jobs who will pry off the coverups? perhaps that will become the dominion of the Pajamahadeen... Hail Bill Gates... and PAID reporters will end up at Weird World News and guest appearances on Jerry Springer show... [Q. how can you tell when a reporter is lying? A. if he sharpens his pencil]
10 posted on 10/06/2006 11:45:31 AM PDT by Republicus2001
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To: HEY4QDEMS

My ISP's login page has gossip about Lauer splitting with his preggo wife.


11 posted on 10/06/2006 11:51:43 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Red6
The District is disappointed and concerned ..., more importantly, that the major media networks in America continue to ignore the facts that they have gathered.

The District, with all respect, needs to get a clue. The media aren't going to let the facts get between them and a good story -- especially if it attacks the values upon which our freedoms depend.

12 posted on 10/06/2006 11:54:59 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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To: Calvin Locke

if true, the wife will be better off in the long run.


13 posted on 10/06/2006 12:00:27 PM PDT by isom35
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To: Red6

The Today Show mislead and Matt Lauer lie? I'm shocked!!


14 posted on 10/06/2006 12:17:08 PM PDT by caisson71
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To: Red6

Reckless disregard for the truth is rampant in the MSM: I see a lawsuit being filed immediately asking for millions in punitive damages.


15 posted on 10/06/2006 12:25:22 PM PDT by ex-Texan (Matthew 7: 1 - 6)
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To: Calvin Locke

probably true...he appears to be gay (he most definitely is a biased lib/dem and carries the dnc water everyday)...maybe he will be moving in with foley in Florida!!!


16 posted on 10/06/2006 4:00:16 PM PDT by hnj_00
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To: HEY4QDEMS

Is the today show still on TV?


17 posted on 10/06/2006 4:30:54 PM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: Red6

Thank you for your service....


18 posted on 10/06/2006 4:38:01 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver ("To be born into freedom is an accident; to die in freedom is an obligation..POW input)
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To: Gil4

Unlike the facts I quoted in the original article, this is pure opinion that follows.

Why would the main stream media play this up?

Think about it; religious zealot freaks that oppress freedom of speech etc. This fits into their world and how they want to see it.

Is the victim a teacher who is lying and now even claiming to have made more than she ever did? I guess she wants a pay raise out of the deal as well? Or is it a school system that is falsely reported on by a media looking for a 'shock and awe' story and willing to leave out not so minor details that completely change everything?

In the end, the victim becomes the culprit, and the culprit the victim, just leave it to the media.


19 posted on 10/06/2006 6:09:09 PM PDT by Red6
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To: RVN Airplane Driver

I thank you for yours as well.


20 posted on 10/06/2006 6:10:25 PM PDT by Red6
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To: bwteim
Well, bingo.

I knew that story smelled.

21 posted on 10/06/2006 8:18:50 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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