In the wake of the Covington Catholic Schoolboys hoax and the outrage over Karen Pence teaching at a school that promotes biblical morality, it seems as though The New York Times is now planning to do a hit piece on Christian schools after the hashtag #ExposeChristianSchools went viral on social media.
On Thursday, New York Times reporter Dan Levin, who covers American youth for the newspaper, asked people on social media to provide him any tips or leads that would help him with a story to expose Christian schools.
Levin tweeted: “I’m a New York Times reporter writing about #exposechristianschools. Are you in your 20s or younger who went to a Christian school? I’d like to hear about your experience and its impact on your life. Please DM me.”
After significant backlash from people online, Levin changed his tune to imply he was simply reporting on the hashtag and wanted to hear positive stories about Christian schools as well.
“I write about American youth, and the hashtag #exposechristianschools, which I didn’t create, went viral in recent days,” he tweeted. “I’m writing about the response to it and want to hear about all experiences, including positive stories/impact about your time in school. Plz DM me.”
Needless to say, Levin got ripped on Twitter for showing the left-wing bias at The New York Times with such shamelessness.
“‘I’m a reporter seeking lapsed religious people to rip on their religious upbringing. Please contact me!’ Every hand in the newsroom goes up,” tweeted DW Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro
“This is pretty much exactly how the Rolling Stone Jackie disaster started, shopping for a story to fit a narrative,” tweeted David Rutz.
Levin attempted to balance out his obvious bias by retweeting testimonies of people who had positive stories about their religious upbringing. According to Fox News, however, several of Levin’s critics “noticed his retweets prior to seeking testimonials have been slanted in opposition to Christian schools.”
One particular example of Levin’s anti-Christian school slant is an anti-homeschooling article he retweeted that depicted Home School Legal Defense Association as a crackpot conspiracy organization that puts “children in danger.”
In the decades since their founding, HSLDA has fomented a widespread culture of suspicion, paranoia, and wild conspiracy theories that propel parents to make phone calls to legislatures by the thousands — but that’s not where their political influence ends. Brightbill describes them as the “most powerful religious-right organization that nobody’s ever heard of.”
The article contained numerous stories of parents who used homeschooling as a front to abuse their children without government intervention. One such case involved a mother who murdered her children and locked them in the freezer.
Speaking on Tucker Carlson Thursday night, The Hill media reporter Joe Concha blasted Levin for preparing a story with a “nefarious agenda.”
By the way, you can paint any public institution, if you solicit enough people, as a horrible place. Whether it be a public school, private school, Hebrew school, Muslim school. And this reporter is then going to present a story that’s going to be seen as objective by his editors, to readers who won’t know better, to take down the Catholic institution, expose Christian schools. I don’t use this word very often, Tucker, because I don’t like the whole hyperbole cable news thing, this is disgusting for a reporter to do this.
Carslon later ripped into NBC News for how the network covered the Covington Catholic schoolboys story by giving Nathan Philips softball questions while asking the 15-year-old Nick Sandmann if he should apologize.
“[T]hat’s not journalism. That is nauseating, actually,” Carlson declared. “And why didn’t some producers say, ‘I’m sorry you have to do a real interview at some point?’ This is a news story, do a news interview. Why weren’t they willing to do that?”
Concha replied, “NBC News needs to go back and review all the tapes and the once they come to the conclusion that every other news organization has come to, which is no one has heard anyone chant ‘build that wall’, they have to tag it out. You know what a tag is. After the report say: ‘NBC News cannot verify what Nathan Phillips was saying.'”