CNN Panel Rips White House Gun Policy Proposal, Devos's 60 Minutes Interview

NewsBusters | 3/12/2018 | Staff
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Less than fifteen minutes into CNN's New Day Monday morning, co-host Chris Cuomo ripped the White House's gun policy proposal while acting as an advocate for gun control. Just minutes later, Cuomo and his fellow panelists criticized Secretary of Education Betsy Devos's performance during a 60 Minutes Interview and seized the opportunity to bash the idea of school choice.

Cuomo issued a call to action for gun control advocates, saying “Nothing will change unless the politicians who fight change get punished for fighting change and those who push for change get rewarded for pushing change.” He also referred to the Trump administration's most recent school safety proposal, which does not cover “all sales” or raise the age to purchase certain firearms as “a joke.” Cuomo longed for the days when President Trump seemed more enthusiastic about standing up to the NRA.

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The conversation then turned to Betsy Devos’s interview on 60 Minutes over the weekend, where Lesley Stahl asked the Secretary of Education if she had ever visited the “really bad schools.” Devos replied by saying “I have not intentionally visited schools that are underperforming” and agreed with Stahl that she probably should. Panelist John Avlon called the exchange “the biggest train wreck of an interview I have seen in a long time” as well as “a rolling disaster of an interview.”

In addition to slamming the interview, it did not take long for the philosopher kings on CNN to bash the idea of school choice, which Devos has made one of her signature issues; much to the chagrin of the powerful teachers’ unions. Cuomo complained that the idea of school choice, where you “let the money follow the kid”, would create imbalances by diverting money away from the public schools. He pointed out that imbalances already exist because wealthy neighborhoods have...
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