at least one term — an on-the-record interview with the reporter — Gianforte has refused to honor.
The president of the United States paid tribute to a guy who took a cheap shot at another guy, and who then lied about it. And he disparaged the guy who told the truth.
Just another day in this president’s America. The high school students before whom I spoke know a bit about that. For the past two years, IHSPA has tried to get the Indiana General Assembly to adopt a student press freedom bill. The bill isn’t complicated. It just asserts student journalists should have the same rights as other Americans do — that their right to tell the truth shouldn’t be suppressed and that they shouldn’t be punished for telling the truth.
School administrators apparently don’t like that.
As the bill was in its final stages before the Indiana legislature two years ago, a story broke out of Kansas.
Some dedicated and diligent high school journalists at Pittsburgh High School realized many students in their school didn’t know much about their new principal. So, they decided to do a story on her.
In their reporting, they found she had said she received a graduate degree in 2010 from a program that had shut down in 1984. There were other significant distortions or misrepresentations on her resume, as well.
They reported this and made national news. The principal resigned.
Here in Indiana, school administrators opposed to the student press freedom bill pointed to the Kansas story as an example of just how dangerous it could be to treat young people as if they were citizens.
See, they argued to legislators, this is what happens if you don’t let us control what student journalists think, say or publish. They cost this poor woman her job.
In other words, they sided with the principal who lied, rather than the kids who reported the truth.