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A few issues ago (I can't find it now, and the WS website is down, so I can't find it there) the Spectator ran an article about the Tea Party takeover of the government of North Carolina. It stated, among other things, that "4000 teaching positions were eliminated".
When I googled this I found a few reports of individual teachers fired for individual offenses, but nothing about a mass elimination of teaching posts. Two knowledgeable friends in NC have never heard anything about it. One is pretty far left, and would almost certainly know about something like this if it had occurred. I wrote to the editor requesting his source; he did not reply.
I conclude that the report of 4000 teaching jobs being elimnated had no basis in fact, and that the Spectator published a blatant falsehood, just as Fox "News" is known for doing. I have previously found left wing sources publishing half truths and implying falsehoods, but this is the first time I have found a left wing publication actually lying.
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