I got my hands on DuBose’s original editorial that appeared in today’s papers. Since the formatting wasn’t preserved, I thought I’d post it here in its original format. Enjoy.
From DuBose Porter, House Minority Leader, in response to Gov. Sonny Perdue on SAT Scores:
I think I may have hit a truth nerve. I think this because our Governor responded to my comments regarding his massive public relations campaign concerning SAT scores by releasing one of the finest public relations pieces to ever come out of his office. Since I also called on the people to become more engaged in deciphering the truth from this spin regarding education, I thought when I responded I would do so by highlighting a few of the tactics used in his latest press release as a primer.
1. Always, always crucify the messenger first.
The Governor’s release- “For more than 130 years, Democrats like DuBose Porter and his pessimistic friends presided over an educational system…” Only in the deepest world of “Spinning P.R.” would you call someone a name that would also apply to yourself. You all did know our Governor was a part of the 130 year legacy he is bashing? Does he? Of course, but he didn’t think anyone would be fed up enough to take the heat that comes from speaking truth to power.
2. Misconstrue while making it look like the messenger insulted someone (preferably a large group.)
The Governor’s release- “Representative Porter’s comments yesterday were disrespectful and insulting to Georgia teachers, administrators, parents, and most of all, our high school students, who have worked hard to improve their SAT scores over the last four years.” What I said had nothing to do with the ability of the teachers, administrators, parents or the students. What I said had to do with the cuts the Governor made that took away the tools to teach. The greatest lumberjack in the world can’t cut down a tree with a hundred dollar bill when they need a chainsaw.
3. When facts fail call the messenger names.
The Governor’s release- “