Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Incompetent NY POST Journalists Fail To Recognize a Lead And How To Follow IT

This is the fourth in a series of at least nine posts in which I show that NY POST journalists CARL CAMPANILE, REUVEN FENTON & YOAV GONEN are incompetent journalists.  Here are links to the first three plus the article  about Amy Woda and other teachers that started it all.

1.  Incompetent NY POST Journalists Can't Google.
2.  Incompetent NY POST Journalists Hide the Identities of DOE Bureaucrats.
3.  Incompetent NY POST Journalists Don't Know the Difference Between PIP and PIP-PLUS.

If journalists are to be something other than corporate propagandists, they need to know how to recognize and follow a lead.  There are several leads that the Three Incompetents did not bother to follow, but one of the most important, in my opinion is the following quote from their article:

"Woda, however, disagreed with the arbitrator's ruling.
"It's a kangaroo court, where the outcome is always predetermined," she told The Post. "Basically, it's a way to get rid of the people who've been around for more than five years and cost the city too much."

 This is a lead.  It implies that we have  pervasive agism in the DOE system, which is immoral, unethical, and illegal.
Amy's attorney presented evidence that 75% of the teachers over the age of 40 had been harrassed out of PS 62 by the principal, Angela O'Dowd.  It would have taken very little effort for the Three Incompetents to get a list of the teachers over 40 who had worked in PS 62 prior to O'Dowd's administration and how many of those teachers continued to teach at PS 62 after five years.  All they had to do was ask Amy.  They could have then followed up by asking the teachers why they had left.

I don't have access to the information that the Three Incompetents do, but I suggest that you watch the following video that Angela O'Dowd made about PS62.  How many people over the age of 40 can you count?

However, Amy was not just accusing Angela O'Dowd.  She was accusing the whole process and everyone involved in it.  That's a lead that is more difficult to follow up.  The statistics are there, but neither the DOE nor the UFT are making them public.

The data exists, though, and I can't wait for the day that competent journalists (if any exist) get hold of it.

SPECIFICATION OF INCOMPETENCE #4 : NY POST journalists fail to identify and follow-up on leads that could expose wide-spread corruption in the New York City Department of Education.

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