Dear Dr. Ads,
This New York Times ad is so unfair!
It’s the American Federation of Teachers’ fault that Latvia, Estonia, and Vietnam have really good school systems?
A little help here, eh, Doc?
– Randi W
Dear Randi W,
This whole campaign is the brainchild of Rick Berman, a Washington lobbyist who describes himself as “President of Berman and Company, a Washington, DC-based public affairs firm specializing in research, communications, and creative advertising.”
Berman has founded several leading non profit organizations known for their fact-based research and their aggressive communications campaigns.
A long-time consumer advocate, Rick champions individual responsibility and common sense policy. He believes that democracies require an informed public on all sides.
Informed about everything but his client list, that is, as this segment on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show several years ago revealed.
As per usual, Berman has established the requisite non-profit front groups to funnel his fees through. There is, of course, the Center for Union Facts, which paid for the Times ad. There’s also AFTFacts.com, which Berman baked special for this teachers union jihad.
The day after the Times ad ran, American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten went on Megyn Kelly’s Fox News show to defend the beleaguered public school educators.
Not surprisingly the Center for Union Whatever hit right back with a rebuttal.
And round and round they go.
Given that Berman’s essentially a corporate grifter and the AFT is the most unyielding outfit this side of Syria, how about we just call this a draw?