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AN “OUTSIDE-OF-THE-BOX” APPROACH TO PRESENTING THE TRUTH TO THE PUBLIC
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 26, 2013) — Several weeks ago, two of The Post & Email’s contributing writers, Dr. Laurie Roth and Sher Zieve, wrote about a new media initiative, BreakingNewsJournal.net, founded by Ruth Bryant White.
Ruth has worked in the field of media for more than 25 years. She has been a guest on The O’Reilly Factor, E!Entertainment, and CNN and is the winner of the 2010 Salvatori Prize awarded by The Heritage Foundation and has worked with well-known Hollywood movie producers. As founder of Breaking News Journal, her goal is to reach 1,000,000 viewers each day by disseminating the widest array of news possible from all perspectives.
One of the things Ruth told us is that she does not use the terms “minority” and “African-American.”
Like The Post & Email, BNJ is a child-friendly site. It will provide breaking national news, television programming, live-streaming political coverage, commentary and has begun the process of producing its own movies, the first of which will be a response to the movie released last year on The Weather Underground entitled “The Company You Keep.” Ruth’s production will be titled “The Company You Don’t Keep.”
“My passion is production,” she told us. A devout Christian, Ruth believes that God inspired her to begin BNJ. Her background in movie and film production makes her uniquely qualified to begin her own media company, and she has received pledges totaling $30,000,000 to launch what she sees as an eventual replacement of “the mainstream media.” She is a former 2008 presidential candidate and believes that lesser-known political office-seekers deserve equal time to those endorsed by major parties.
A major task which Ruth has taken on is to expose the agenda of the “Common Core” educational curriculum which resulted from the “Race to the Top” contest among the states for funds from the Department of Education in 2009.
In June 2010, the U.S. Department of Education described the Common Core standards as “an important step toward the improvement of quality education nationwide.” The “standards” do not mention the areas of study and were reportedly developed by “teachers, school leaders, parents, business and civic leaders, civil rights leaders, higher education and the public” to help children “succeed in college and careers.” However, Ruth believes, along with many other experts, that Common Core is a plan to federalize all school districts, brainwash children and cease the teaching of rudimentary skills which they have traditionally been taught by reframing the curriculum with politically-correct terms and materials.
Recent news reports demonstrate that some students’ First Amendment rights have been obliterated as they are removed from school and even jailed for wearing a T-shirt containing a slogan on a certain topics displeasing to school officials. Adult topics are now being presented to children as young as five years old, and Obama’s Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, has expressed his desire to see four-year-olds in publicly-funded preschool to learn “persistence, self-control and emotion regulation.”
Ruth and her husband, Prof. Steve White, have a groundbreaking plan to return education to parents and local communities which she detailed to us and about which she will be speaking more in the coming weeks.
Ruth was kind enough to interview The Post & Email on two successive Tuesdays earlier this month, and we were eager to ask her about her company and her vision of the future. What follows is Part 1 of our interview.
SR: How was the idea of Breaking News Journal conceived?
RBW: Breaking News Journal came to me when I was on the campaign trail. Everywhere I was asked to speak, I would hear people make statements such as, “We didn’t know you were running for president. How come we don’t know anything about you, or why didn’t see you on CNN or this channel or that channel?” And I said, “The information is out there.” Wikipedia had done an interview with me, and The Boston Globe had interviewed me. I’ll tell you about Fox News in a minute.
As I was going across the country – and we addressed a crowd of 30,000 at Mt. Rushmore – people would say, “I didn’t know you were running for president; I didn’t know who you were, and I like what you have to say, and I’m angry because there’s no news about this, and I want to know what’s going on and who’s running for office.”
So I said, “Well, let me do some research.” After I had worked on Votesmart.org and had seen all these candidates were running for office, I saw that they didn’t have a voice. So I said, “We have to give these people a voice.” So I said, “Well, Lord, what do you want to do here? Whether I get into office or not, the people need to know what’s going on from the heartland of America. What can I do about this?” So He gave me Breaking News Journal. You always hear, “Breaking news from Fox; breaking news from CNN.” So He said, “Breaking News Journal.” So I said, “Well, what is it going to be? It has to be way different from Fox News and CNN.” And He said, “You’re going to have an online news site with breaking news from something called “the newsroom” with an RSS and video feed which could come from anywhere: independent thinkers, liberals or conservatives. It just feeds through and people can go on there and get their news. People don’t have to sign up, they don’t have to subscribe or become members…and He started giving me all these ideas. With my creative mind from being a producer, I started putting all these things together. So I thought, “I’ll make it different. Anybody I run across who has been a presidential candidate could be an automatic columnist on Breaking News Journal; that’s different from what Fox or anybody else is doing. Then we’ll have a community page where regular people can post things and talk about issues that are going on. We didn’t have a lot of the technology back then, and we are in the process of revising BNJ to make it more efficient. Now that we’re on Facebook, we can get information out and linked even faster.
So that was how it started. It’s because I believe in people having a voice. I believe that if I have to talk about the community cat that’s in the tree, it should be out there. It’s not all politics. I was looking at the bloggers, who were all talking about the same thing. I didn’t want to hear the same thing from 100,000 different people sending things to my email. We need to be able to have somebody who wants to talk about Obama and his birth certificate, who can get that research out there; somebody who wants to talk about Common Core, so that people can have all kinds of information filtered through BNJ, and we can look at it and make sure that it’s valid before we put it out there.
When breaking news is put out there, there will be no opinion in it so that people can make their own decision about it.
We have BNJ live streaming now. Two weeks ago, I was before a group of investors, and everyone across the country could see what we were doing, because we went live. So you could see me in real time talking about the BNJ TV channel. Christian Hartsock, who was the filmmaker for Breitbart News and Kelsey Grammer and has been all over the world doing real news for grassroots causes, has come on board to be the director-in-charge of our Feature Films Department.
SR: What kind of films will Mr. Hartsock be producing?
RBW: They are going to be raw films; they are not necessarily going to be “conservative” or anything else because we’re trying to reach young people so that they can get off of MTV and VH1 and all of that perversion. He does have some cursing in some of his films; we’re going to give him the freedom to do that. He wants to draw that raw crowd of young people. The TV channel will be different; that’s going to be clean TV.
We have to reach everybody on every level everywhere. So far, all of the bloggers and the news everywhere else are doing it all “liberal,” and somebody else is doing it all “conservative.” We want BNJ to be the town square in media and news. I love joining in with you – I’ve looked at The Post & Email, and I love the way it’s set up. Of all the people I’ve worked with and communicated with over the years – yours is the only one I’ve seen which is on investigative reporting.
SR: Yes, our work is thoroughly researched before it goes to print.
RBW: That is very new and something that needs to be out there. You can share information with me; we can get it out on BNJ Facebook and everywhere else. That’s a great way to communicate. With the two of us together, there’s no way we’re going to miss anything.
SR: The Post & Email insists on a standard of no obscenities or vulgarity.
RBW: Almost all of the presidential candidates that I ran with in 2008 came on board with me because they liked my platform once they were aware of it. However, one of them had a filthy mouth, and I told him, “You’re not going to be able to do that on this site. I love you dearly, but you can’t do that here. You can express your opinion, but you cannot curse because we might have young people checking in, and we can’t have them seeing that. So he respects it, and every once in a while I hear from him, and he’ll say what he wants to say and he’s being clean.
SR: It would seem that if we’re serious about getting the news out there, it’s important to express it in a professional way.
RBW: If you want to be respected, you definitely need to do something different. Let’s face it: “conservative” media is looked at as a joke, even though they have good information, and dismissed by the rest of society because they’ve been listening to CNN and MSNBC, which is all talk and trash. So I had to do something different. I had to say, “We’re independent thinkers, and as such, you have to open your mind and make your own decision about what you see.
I’ll tell you something that’s going on with “Common Core:” it’s reaching the very people who would turn their backs on anything a “conservative” person would have to say, just in the last couple of days.
SR: Tell me more about your initiative to expose the Common Core curriculum.
RBW: Common Core is a program included in the stimulus package that was approved by about 46 states a few years when Obama was forcing the states to accept the stimulus package. In so doing, they had to accept a new education system, which they don’t realize because it’s on something like pages 34-49. I can send that information to anyone who would like to have it. What they’re doing is re-educating our children.
SR: What does “re-educate” mean?
RBW: “Re-educate” means that the format we normally use to educate our children – basic math and English – they want to totally transform that where they don’t have the information that they normally would have available to them. They would have to accept the standard dictated by the federal government in the stimulus package.
They are going to do things like data-mining, which means they want to put chips in your children’s heads so that they can monitor things such as sweating and other bodily functions. You are starting to hear on the news, especially on MSNBC and CNN, that “parents don’t control their children; they’re a part of the community. We are the ones who have the best interests of children at heart.” They’re starting to make comments like that. So they’re starting to indoctrinate our children, and parents won’t be able to opt out of this system. Even charter schools, home schools and private schools are having issues.
If you haven’t seen John Stossel’s program that aired on April 21, go to Fox News and see it. It actually talked about Common Core. I started crying. It reported on a charter school in Oakland, CA that had a 91% success rate in educating its children, and Common Core and the federal government came in and said they were going to shut them down. They said they found “fraud;” they didn’t find any fraud. They want to shut them down because the teachers’ unions are losing money. So they came in with their board, listened to what everybody had to say, and they said, “We’re going to shut you down.”
As a matter of fact, if you’re planning on getting your teaching credentials in California, you have until May 17, 2013 to decide whether or not you are going to accept the Common Core curriculum. If you do not, you will not be able to teach in the state of California.
[Editor’s Note: On April 16, 2012, The Heritage Foundation reported that “The Common Core effort, originally spearheaded by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), became quickly entangled with Washington. Billions in federal funding was used to create incentives for states to adopt the standards, yet the effort has left state taxpayers to pick up the tab for their implementation, conservatively estimated to cost more than $16 billion.
“Growing concern over the national standards push is well-founded: The effort to centralize control of education has never had more momentum. While the Obama Administration has been a driving force behind the Common Core standards, state leaders have also jumped on the bandwagon. With little public notice, 46 states have agreed to adopt the Common Core national standards.”
Some states are now rejecting the Common Core States Standard Initiative.]
SR: Is the prospective teacher told what the curriculum contains?
RBW: No. Just remember what Nancy Pelosi said when the health care bill was being debated: “We have to pass the bill so we can find out what’s in it.” That’s what they’re doing with every step of this program.
SR: What do you think would change if Common Core is implemented?
RBW: When I started as a presidential candidate, I wanted to make sure that God and prayer were put back in schools and that they said the Pledge of Allegiance. I had no idea these things were going on. Even if the government comes after private schools and home schools, the only thing they could hold over private schools homeschoolers was that if the parents did not accept Common Core, they could not go to any publicly-funded college. That applies to all colleges in the country. Hillsdale College is the only college in the country not accepting funds from the federal government. So now I’m telling everyone, “Get your child out of the college they’re attending and into Hillsdale College, or let them learn a trade. That’s where we are right now.
I told my pastor on Sunday about Common Core, and he said, “I’m really scared. We’re already taken our son out of two colleges, and he’s been in college for only the last year.” He didn’t know what was going on, so I’m going to send him information so that he can understand what Common Core is really all about.
SR: Why would the Obama Department of Education want to change our children’s education so drastically?
RBW: Because they have to reach our children in order to indoctrinate them with The Weather Underground type of theology. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Ayers, Exxon-Mobil, GE and some other people are involved in Common Core. Now we’re talking about a thug like Bill Ayers who ordered the bombing of buildings and killing of people who is walking around being a professor at a college. He’s involved with Bill and Melinda Gates and eugenics. So I say that Common Core is like what Margaret Sanger put into place with Planned Parenthood: black eugenics. That’s the way I analyze and compare it.
SR: There is an educational initiative even now, before Common Core has been fully implemented, whereby children are receiving s*x education starting at age 5. They are actually being extremely explicit in what they are teaching grade-school children. Some children have reportedly been traumatized and the parents are in shock.
SR: Would you say that we are in a struggle between good and evil?
RBW: Oh, yes. There’s no doubt about it. It’s evil in disguise. The parents don’t realize it; they work all day long. They come home and watch five minutes of news and they’re sound asleep because they have to get up the next day. That’s also a part of their agenda. That’s why they told women, “I am woman; hear me run…it’s time to go out and get a good job; you don’t have to have a man” and all of these other kinds of things. They are distractions. If you’re home, you’re aware of what’s going on. If you’re working, you’re trying to please and appease your boss. You don’t even know what’s going on with your children.
SR: People today say that it takes two incomes to survive because of the taxes we’re asked to pay, but it didn’t when you and I were growing up.
RBW: Why? Because the parents don’t have any control. They don’t even realize what’s going on. I’m telling you, this Common Core thing is going to sweep the land. What we’re doing now in getting this information out, it’s going to reach like crazy. It’s like the information Glenn Beck has been exposing this week: that’s the kind of information we need to have. We have to operate on all cylinders. Whether we’re talking about parents, or a birth certificate – we’re talking about losing the entire structure of this country, which is all-important, and we have to be able to work on every single level of this thing.
SR: How do BNJ and others reach enough parents so that they can do what they have to do to stop Common Core from being implemented?
RBW: My husband started the Master Educators’ Tutoring Service, and he has always taught everybody from K through 12, or people who were getting GEDs and adults who needed to learn basic English or basic math. He has a proposal out now to reach companies all over the country to come in and teach a basic seminar to math and reading as a lead-in, and then get into how you can get your children out of the public schools. Then he will find educators who don’t have any leverage and say, “Hey, come on board with me. Let’s find the people in your area who need educators so that their children can have the kind of education that they need to have. This can apply to parents who are already homeschooling who are scared and want to make sure that they are certified; we can put educators in there as well.
[Editor’s Note: Anyone wishing to apply to Prof. White’s “Master Educators XChange” may do so here.]
What is happening with the Common Core thing is that people who would never listen to us because of their political agenda are now paying attention. The parents are paying attention. They were saying, “Oh, nobody is going to take my child and do this.”
Larry Grathwohl called me right after he spoke to 450 people last Friday evening, and he said, “I cannot believe the people who came up to me who were angry, saying, ‘I have never heard of this, and they are not going to get their hands on my kids.’ They are going to take them out of public school and put them in private school or home-school. The only way they can come through the private school or home-school programs is to say, “If you don’t accept the Common Core standards, then you can’t go to college.” But who cares about that?
SR: We don’t even know if attending college is beneficial anymore.
RBW: It isn’t. It’s been some kind of a club all along. I always wondered who qualifies or discards somebody and says they’re not qualified to come to their school? There are different reasons for being excluded. I know that there’s a Bible college in California who accepted kids until they sent their photos in and they were of another skin color. “Conservatives” are not going to get off the hook here. We have people who are supposed to be “conservatives” who are “progressives.” We can’t rely on these people. We can’t even rely on our representatives anymore.
SR: Is the plan to rebuild our education system from the ground up?
RBW: Whatever works. Whether it’s one or two or five people in an apartment or a house to somebody who has a big office building where we can fit 15,000 people. Whatever the case may be. We want to be able to reach them where they don’t have to worry about their children being indoctrinated or taught these obscene things. I can’t even find words for it.
RBW: They don’t know what else to do, because we don’t have an entity such as CNN getting the news out. So they think the only thing they can do is go fight with the teachers.
SR: Which might not change anything.
RBW: It doesn’t change anything. What is the thing that changes everything? Money. So what happens when a child is not in the school? They get less money for each child who isn’t there. If the parents got together and said, “I’m taking my kids out,” think of the difference it would make. Let’s say they decided to say, “After Labor Day, our children aren’t going back.” If they did that, it would totally collapse the system. The same thing that they’re trying to do to our financial system we could do in a heartbeat if we have everybody working together.
SR: Would you say one of your main goals over this summer is to raise parental awareness to that level?
RBW: Yes. We’re getting the information out to everybody we possibly can. We have 500 approved companies which are sending out information and have never worked on this level before. I know that they understand that it doesn’t have to be structured. It could be done in an office building; it could be done after hours.
Education can be tailored. There are some people like me who are late sleepers because I’m up late. If there’s a student who is a late riser, there needs to be an educator who can help that child.
SR: What kind of curriculum do you envision implementing?
RBW: Whatever their current levels are. There are educators who can see what their levels are. They might be in sixth grade but have eighth-grade qualifications in a certain subject. So you get an educator who has that level of teaching for that child. There are magnet schools, and we can get somebody who has done that. Or there can be self-paced education. We are individuals; we are not a bunch of robots. They have been teaching us for years like a bunch of robots: “You have to do this if you want to graduate in June.” Everybody doesn’t learn that way.
Prof. White has had an outstanding rapport with not only parents and teachers, but also students themselves. For instance, he has a contract with a learning center. A girl’s parents had signed her up there and Prof. White wasn’t in one day. She had to be there that day, but she didn’t know he wasn’t going to be there. The other educators were getting ready to teach her, and she said, “I’m not going to be taught by you. Prof. White isn’t here; I’m waiting until he comes.” That’s been his rapport, and he’s been an educator for over 40 years. We’ve seen it over and over again. People write letters, people give him gifts because they love the way he teaches. When he taught Adult Education he won the Outstanding Educator’s Award, and they flew him to Lake Tahoe twice from here in Nevada.
SR: Do you know how many educators it would take if every single parent in America withdrew his or her children from public school?
RBW: We would have to alert Christian and private schools that we have kids in the area and ask them if they had room for them.
SR: So you would speak with the administrators at those schools?
RBW: Oh, sure. We would inform them that we’re here for them and we’re going to be counting on everybody to spread the information. We have to pull this whole thing together because everybody has different needs in different areas and locations. Some parents are homeschooling their kids but need help. Some parents want somebody else to come in and do it. Some want to put their kids in a Christian school but they don’t have the money for it. We can say to the administrator, “We have a child here who needs support and help; we have other students in your geographical area; can you support them?” They might need extra tutoring, and we want to have the educators on hand to be able to do that. We have to think so outside of the box that it’s alarming.
SR: It seems a daunting task, but you seem to have confidence that it can be done.
RBW: You have to realize: we’ve been brainwashed to think that school opens at 7:00 in the morning and ends at 2:00 in the afternoon. We have to rethink how we’ve done everything because this has been in operation since Woodrow Wilson. Actually, President Obama and President Woodrow Wilson seem to be almost the same person except from different generations.
Editor’s Note: Part 2 of our fascinating interview with Ruth Bryant White will be published in the next several days.