Remember Cynthia Dunbar? She’s the creationist former member of the Texas State Board of Education who wrote a book in which she called public education “tyrannical,” unconstitutional and a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion.” Dunbar left the board at the end of 2010 and last we heard was teaching law at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University. On Monday the folks at Fox & Friends invited Dunbar to talk about last week’s adoption of new science textbooks in Texas — in particular, the adoption of an environmental science textbook criticized by oil and gas industry advocates for its coverage of issues like hydraulic fracturing and climate change. As Media Matters reports, Dunbar bizarrely tied the textbook adoption to the Common Core standards and attacked it as an example of “socialized education”:
“This is what happens when you have socialized education pushing particular viewpoints within the classroom. I know Americans are concerned about socialized health care through Obamacare. I think they need to be equally concerned about socialized education through Obamacore.”
First, why would anyone still seek the opinion of a political extremist who viciously attacks the very public schools she was elected to manage? Answer: Fox News doesn’t give a flying flip about reality. Remember how that network grossly distorted the debate over social studies curriculum standards in Texas three years ago? The Texas Education Agency had to issue a press release calling out the lies Fox was telling its audience. The network even called TFN’s Kathy Miller a “textbook troublemaker” on the air. And Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy — who interviewed Dunbar on Monday — was one of the worse offenders during the social studies debate.
Second, it’s important to remember that Dunbar’s irrational hatred for President Obama is sugar for the Fox News audience. Consider that Dunbar has called Obama a Marxist who “sympathizes” with America’s enemies. So it should be no wonder that Fox & Friends brought her back for another bite at that apple, regardless of the lack of any connection between the adoption of science textbooks in Texas and the president.
Dunbar’s comments on Monday should remind everyone why it’s a very good thing she no longer sits on the State Board of Education and no longer helps direct the education of more than 5 million Texas public school students. But it’s a tragedy when Fox — or any other news outlet — continues to spoon-feed her poison to its audience.