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NEA Convention 2012: Delegates to Take Up the Hot Issue of Hotel Cable Channel Selection

posted at 9:20 am on July 4, 2012 by

It looks like we’ll finish with a total of 89 new business items (NBIs), which is about average for the NEA Representative Assembly. Among them are:

NBI 62: Calls on NEA in conjunction with its affiliates to establish a charter school organizing program. Before everyone starts running to the parapets, union staff placed a price tag of more than $3.6 million on the measure. It won’t pass without severe modification.

NBI 64: “The NEA will review the possibility of offering a ‘Friends of Public Education Card’ to the public for a fee. This card will permit the carrier to purchase items from the professional library at a discount and access online educational resources.” An even better idea would be to force them to have a card and take the fee out their paycheck, unless they opt out between July 1 and July 15.

NBI 83: Submitted by a Massachusetts delegate and signed by 50 of his peers…

NEA shall attempt not to do business in hotels where the selected TV channels in the guest rooms are evidently to express only one political viewpoint. We are all aware that Fox channels are there to advance the conservative viewpoint while MSNBC is a channel to espouse the liberal viewpoint of the political debate. Therefore, NEA (both at the National and State levels) shall attempt to conduct business only at hotels that do not patently disseminate one viewpoint while suppressing the other (opposing) political viewpoint with their choice of channel line-ups.


Current efforts by millionaires and billionaires to control political messages in the traditional airwaves also extend to include the hotels we rent. In effect, it is a tacit endorsement by NEA of the one-sided messages from these hotels. While hotels have a right to select the types of channels they want for their guest rooms, NEA equally has a right and an obligation to send a message to these hotels about the imperative of disseminating both sides of the political messages.

I have nothing to add.

NBI 87 directs the NEA president to write a letter to President Obama expressing disappointment that he got on a bus out of town as soon as they arrived and didn’t visit the convention in person.

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Let the NEA bicker about hotel TV channels. And let Obama golf. The more time feebleminded liberals spend doing useless crap, the less time they have to do actual harm to us.

Happy 4th, Mike.

Mr. Prodigy on July 4, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Great reporting, Mike. I always read your stuff here.

Libby Sternberg on July 4, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Thanks Mike. Looks like the NEA folks possess all the mental acuity of middle schoolers hyped up on caffeinated soda.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 4, 2012 at 12:21 PM

MSNBC is a channel to espouse the liberal viewpoint of the political debate

PMSNBC biased?

Say it ain’t so!

davidk on July 4, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Look, if these are folks that are teaching our children, is it any wonder that our education system is in the shape that it’s in? Maybe all the smart teachers have opted out of the union.

conservablogger on July 4, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Stayed at a hotel in Orlando that suppressed Fox News on order of the manager. I forget which one it was. I left him a nasty voice mail, the tird.

Akzed on July 4, 2012 at 8:28 PM

For years, I slammed the Holland American cruise line for only having CNN on their ships. They FINALLY added foxnews sometime in 2009 or 2010. I now praise them highly in my post cruise surveys. They probably got a lot of similar complaints to finally make that channel addition. I told them they were alienating at least 50% of their passengers.

karenhasfreedom on July 4, 2012 at 11:23 PM