The New York Times received mockery Thursday from critics for its use of the expression “Republicans Pounce” to refer to the party’s attempts to resolve issues related to schools and parents’ rights to participate in the education of their children.
The Times published a Wednesday report claiming that Republicans “inflame White resentment by tapping into greater anger at education system,” and cited efforts of conservatives fighting for parental rights in children’s schooling.
The Times altered the headline of the article later to read “Republicans seize”.
The report stated that Republicans were surprised by Tuesday’s strong showing and are now heading to the midterm elections in 2022 with a strategy they consider highly effective, which capitalizes on suburban parents who still feel the effects of the pandemic-era schooling.
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It said that Republicans are using education to grab the attention of key voters. They have mobilized support for what they call ‘parental Rights’ in schools. This is a mix of conservative causes, including eradicating mandates regarding masks and demanding reforms to how children learn about racism.
Reports claimed that Glenn Youngkin, Republican Governor elect, incited resentment amongst White voters about his “efforts [to teach] a more critically historical history of racism and America,” while Democrats were not “equipped” to combat the anger.
However, it admitted that Republicans could unite “divergent groups of voters over this issue. It cited frustrations from Asian, Black, and Latino over progressive policies toward schools, and the lingering school closures, as the result of the pandemic.
Conservatives often knock media outlets for using the “Republicans pounce” or “seize” framework to present an issue potentially damaging to Democrats as one of simply rank partisanship. Another Associated Press report this week described fights at national schools boards as a Republican cultural war.
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“You can tell the NYT is in high dudgeon when Republicans are ‘pouncing’ and ‘stoking’ in the same headline,” RealClearPolitics’ Tom Bevan tweeted.
“You can’t blame [the authors] for the headline, but the idea that education is a ‘newly potent wedge issue is simply wrong,” conservative radio and former MSNBC host Hugh Hewitt tweeted.
The race for Virginia’s governor was dominated by education. Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic opponent to Youngkin took markedly different approaches.
Loudoun County was an upper-class community near Washington. This year’s school board meetings attracted national media attention.
Youngkin held a significant lead in the polls of voters who had rated education tops by last month’s end.
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Sam Dorman from Fox News contributed to this report.