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Conservative pundit Andrew Sullivan amplifies fake news and buries himself in pink slime

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09.06.2022

It was a story designed to send any conservative into apoplexy. A suburban Chicago high school decided to implement a “race-based” grading system that would supposedly and intentionally benefit Black students over all others by prohibiting the reduction of grades based on truancy, misbehavior, or simply turning homework in late (or not at all).

And for anyone who wanted proof of this scheme, why, there it was in a May 30 story in a local outlet called West Cook News, titled “OPRF to implement race-based grading system in 2022-23 school year.”

The only problem, however, as explained by The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan, was that the story was untrue, and the site was from a “local outlet.”

The story was posted by what Margaret Sullivan refers to as a “pink slime” site: a partisan propaganda platform well-disguised as a “local” news outlet, “named after a meat-processing byproduct used as filler—in other words, it looks like meat but isn’t.”

The story was quickly debunked, with the school issuing a repudiation of its content. But not before conservative pundit and former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan (no relation to the author of The Post’s story), tweeted it to his 270,200 followers.

Sullivan ultimately deleted the debunked tweet, but here’s a screenshot.

The West Cook News story stated, in part:

“Oak Park and River Forest High School administrators will require teachers next school year to adjust their classroom grading scales to account for the skin color or ethnicity of its students.

[…]

In an effort to equalize test scores among racial groups, OPRF will order its teachers to exclude from their grading assessments variables it says disproportionally hurt the grades of black students. They can no longer be docked for missing class, misbehaving in school or failing to turn in their assignments, according to the plan.”

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