These groups are leveraged by right-wing dark money propaganda networks seeking to create wedge culture war issues to gain political power
Do people realize that the anti-mask narrative and #UrgencyOfNormal toolkit is using children as pawns in a far right-wing fight to take over control of school boards? This was never actually about vaccines, masks, or quarantine, about CRT or students. This is about politics.
Here’s a thread of resources taking a deeper look at this topic.
A podcast series to listen to from The Daily:
The Daily: The School Board Wars, Part 1 on Apple Podcasts
This episode contains strong language. A new battleground has emerged in American politics: school boards. In these…
The Daily: The School Board Wars, Part 2 on Apple Podcasts
This episode contains strong language. In Bucks County, Pa., what started out as a group of frustrated parents pushing…
This 6 part podcast series from NBC News. Thanks to Tara Haelle for recommending this one to me:
Some articles on the groups behind these school debates:
Opinion | The Real Roots of the Debate Over Schools During Covid
How we got here is a story about parents engaging with schools as consumers who want to extract the most school…
This goes back to the Council for National Policy and the plans to reach broadly to control every level of political influence. This one is truly worth understanding:
God, Trump and the Closed-Door World of the Council for National Policy
In October 2015, Donald Trump was still a laugh line for right-wing Christian activists. By their lights he was a failed…
Important to understand the role of contrarianism, regardless of basis in fact, to sow doubt and dissent.
Covid-19 and the new merchants of doubt - The BMJ
How best can scientists push back against science denialist campaigns? David Gorski and Gavin Yamey suggest some…
There’s a reason these movements and conspiracy theories have all coalesced within the political right wing. These are well-coordinated and well-funded disinformation networks:
How the Anti-Vax Movement Is Taking Over the Right
The anti-vaccine movement, once a fringe cohort, has repositioned itself as an opposition to mandates and government…
The Anti-vaccine Right Brought Human Sacrifice to America
Since last summer, the conservative campaign against vaccination has claimed thousands of lives for no ethically…
A Right-Wing Think Tank Is Behind the Controversial Great Barrington Declaration Calling for…
An open letter that emerged earlier this month opposing COVID-19 shutdowns and calling for a "herd immunity" approach to…
How The Koch Network Hijacked The War On COVID
Editor's note: This story was produced in partnership with the Center for Media and Democracy . Earlier this month, as…
Many "Parent" Groups Opposing Masks and CRT Are Actually Driven by Dark Money
Thousands of events take place across the U.S. annually in the last week of January for "School Choice Week," organized…
A look at the groups supporting school board protesters nationwide
The Poway Unified School District, in San Diego County, Calif., was planning a pretty typical school board meeting in…
Capitol Indictment Reveals Radical Right Conservative Donors Simultaneously Bankrolling Extremism…
An alleged insurrectionist affiliated with the far-right 'Three Percenters' militia group who was indicted Thursday in…
The right-wing operatives orchestrating the attack on America's school boards
The nation's school boards are under attack. Frequently things are getting out of hand: In Illinois, a "man was…
Inside the Radicalised Anti-Vaxxer Network 'Influencing' Government Vaccine Advisory Panel - Byline…
A Government advisor who sat on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which in September…
Bringing this back to the #UrgencyofNormal with this excellent piece by Kiera Butler:
These doctors wanted to get schools back to normal. Their botched effort may backfire.
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A response to the #UrgencyofNormal discussing the push back, the privilege and lack of equity behind these messages, and addressing the misinformation in the toolkit:
Doc Group Calling for Kids' Prompt Return to Normal Met With Swift Criticism
A group of physicians and scientists has called for all schools and children's activities to return to pre-pandemic…
I’m sure that people will come into my comments and suggest that this is just some sort of ad hominem attack (it’s not, because that’s not how as hominem works) and that this. doesn’t address how this minority of physicians is factually incorrect. I’ve directly addressed this and also offered a reasonable plan given current evidence.
I plan to write more about how we could eventually achieve these goals on a realistic and evidence-based metric, but I fear the doubt these groups are creating will make even that difficult.
Here’s a thread of excellent threads addressing the misinformation and providing better evidence:
A couple threads from Dr. Tyler Black, an expert on the topic of adolescent mental health as a psychiatrist and suicide researcher:
From the champion of addressing misinformation himself David Gorski:
Exactly why the “anti-mask” combined with “keep schools open at all costs” message does not make sense according to the evidence: MASKS HELP KEEP SCHOOLS OPEN.
Here’s the linked article:
A couple threads on these right wing operations:
As for for the folks commenting to tell me that this isn’t a partisan issue, I’m sorry but the data disagrees:
Original Twitter thread: