Tuesday, September 9

Another MSM McCain Slam. McCain right. MSM wrong.

This Kansas City highlight of McCain's new ad is horrible. It accuses McCain of lying when he is really telling the truth. They will have to learn sometime that simply repeating Obama press releases is dangerous.

Here is the case:

Kansas City:

What happened: A new 30-second TV ad attacks Barack Obama's record on education, saying that Obama backed legislation to teach " 'comprehensive sex education' to kindergartners." The announcer then says, "Learning about sex before learning to read? Barack Obama. Wrong on education. Wrong for your family."

Why that's wrong: This is a deliberately misleading accusation. It came hours after the Obama campaign released a TV ad critical of McCain's votes on public education. As a state senator in Illinois, Obama did vote for but was not a sponsor of legislation dealing with sex ed for grades K-12.

But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach
"age-appropriate" sex education, not comprehensive lessons to
kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children
about inappropriate touching and sexual predators.

The Illinois Law:

Here. Read for Yourself.
90% of this law is just about adding K-6 to existing Illinois law about comprehensive (yes, it says comprehensive) sex education for all of Illinois students. Comprehensive sex education is mentioned six times in the legislation and never is Kindergarten or any other grade singled out as being exempted from the comprehensive part. Yes it mentions "age-appropriate" but never in contrast to comprehensive. For example see this part of the law:

Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K 6 through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread
of HIV AIDS. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.

Obama Specifically:

When asked about this vote by David Brody in June of 2008 the Obama campaign pointed to "Oregon Department of Education guidelines which they said would give people a good idea of where Obama is at on the issue." Again, those guidelines say that K-12 sex education "shall...be comprehensive." Yes, it mentions "age appropriate" but still McCain is right and the MSM and Kansas City Star are wrong.

You can write to Margaret Talvel here mtalev@mcclatchydc.com and politely tell her of her error. You can also email Kansas City at readerrep@kcstar.com.

Here is the letter I wrote to both of them:

Margaret Talev:

Your article http://www.kansascity.com/445/story/789668.html about McCain's Sex-ed ad is blatantly wrong. In it you said that


"But the legislation allowed local school boards to teach "age-appropriate"
sex education, not comprehensive lessons to kindergartners, and it gave schools the ability to warn young children about inappropriate touching and sexual predators."

In reading the actual legislation I found McCain to be precisely right. If you read the legislation you will find that for the most part it simply added K-6 to the current law that included comprehensive sex education.
Here is the legislation:
http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=3&GA=93&DocT
ypeId=SB&DocNum=99&GAID=3&LegID=734&SpecSess=&Session.


It specifically says:


Each class or course in comprehensive sex

14 education offered in any of grades K 6 through 12 shall
15 include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted
16 infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread

17 of HIV AIDS. Nothing in this Section prohibits instruction in
18 sanitation, hygiene or traditional courses in biology.

Obama has also said he supports Oregon's Sex-ed.See here:
http://www.cbn.com/CBNnews/391467.aspx It too mentions K-12 comprehensive sex-ed. See here:
http://web1.ode.state.or.us/opportunities/grants/hklb/hiv-aids/sexedguidelin
es.pdf


I wait to hear your correction. And please provide me with links to original source documents.

In pursuit of truth,

Lucas Pillman
lpillman@gmail.com
wildwisconsin.blogspot.com

Sigh. I dug deeper on this one on a simple hunch. How many more slip through without anyone noticing?

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