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Reporter shows his bias after IFF's Thayn interview

Reporter shows his bias after IFF's Thayn interview

Wayne Hoffman
February 7, 2022
Wayne Hoffman
February 7, 2022

Sen. Steven Thayn, the Senate Education Committee chairman, believes the public education system is mediocre and fundamentally flawed because it minimizes the importance of parents in favor of government. 

That’s what, among other things, Thayn shared  with me on the Hoff Time Report last Thursday. 

Thayn is the first Idaho education committee chairman I’m aware of to question the premise of the government-run education system and to call out its failings publicly. 

Still, he said he doubts there are not enough votes on the Senate Education Committee to pass school choice legislation such as an education savings account. He declined to address my questions about whether special interest groups, such as labor unions and the school board’s association, are partly to blame for lack of movement from a Republican-controlled Legislature.

I was disappointed to hear that he’s more geared to preserve the existing school system than I am because he believes that’s what parents want. His self-directed learner legislation that just passed the Senate is school reform at glacial speeds.

It was a fascinating conversation, one that reporters who knew about it might, you know, report on. But of course that has not happened. Instead the press focused on my interviewing Thayn while I had Covid. James Dawson, a reporter for Boise State’s government radio station noted that I started the discussion with Thayn from a separate room because I had a positive Covid test. Dawson reported that I later joined Thayn in person because the video feed malfunctioned. 

Thayn told me at the beginning of the interview he didn’t mind if I’d join him on the set regardless of the positive Covid test. I made a joke about being accused of infecting everyone at the capitol via my interaction with him. Ultimately, the real reason I stayed in another room is because the equipment and studio had already been set up for a video feed inview with the two of us on a split screen. 

In being together, I suppose there’s some risk of spreading this mild Omicron variant between us.  But that’s the risk in living. We all have jobs to do, and when we do that job there’s never no amount of risk involved, whether that’s from driving to work in the morning to climbing a ladder to a tall roof. Mine involves talking to a lot of people, which necessarily means interacting with them.

Here’s the thing. It’s been two years. I’ve had enough. We all have. The world cannot continue to function in fear of Covid, and it doesn’t have to. I’m done playing the game where we’re supposed to pretend the masks, the mandates, the vaccines, the boosters, and the distancing have done or are doing anything.

I’ve always wondered if there was a secondary effect of the government schools system besides the documented absence of skills one should have upon completion of secondary school. Now we know there is: A generation of students who were taught to obey and defend government experts and collectivism. Some of those students grew up to be journalists. 

Thus you have social media giants who censor non-government sanctioned medical views, and journalists who have been taught to pounce on the slightest breach of the government’s phony Covid rules. 

Reporters are so conditioned by the education system that they don’t even pick up on the significance of one of the most important education elected officials in the state describing the state’s education system as mediocre and questioning its whole premise. To them, disregarding government Covid rituals is the greater story.

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  • Bruce Hendricks says:

    The corporate, legacy press is beyond fixing. It exists as an institution merely to advance the agenda of the regime. That is the reason why more people are getting their information from alternative media sources. That is why the regime must silence alternative voices such as, but not limited to Joe Rogan. The "white pill" could be that establishment corporate media is becoming more and more irrelevant as the trend towards decentralization continues. Hopefully, that trend will continue in education as well, and make milk toast legislators such as the subject of your interview, who represent entrenched interests rather then the people who vote for them, irrelevant as well.

  • Al says:

    The black and white world of Wayne Hoffman...
    I agree that there are some people who are overly fearful of COVID and it is disrupting our economy, our schools and many peoples' livelihood. But mocking the effect that COVID truly has had on people, including over 900,000 U.S. individuals who have died from it to date, shows an improper LACK of fear.

    (sidebar: Does IFF still insist this isn't a "pandemic"? Do we have to top 1mill deaths before we get to a plateau that qualifies?)

    You touched on an important topic, though, Wayne: Fear - healthy fear or unhealthy fear - is the very divide Americans have. A poll a month ago compared level of anxiety, or fear, among 3 different age groups: Young (18-34); middle age and elderly (65+). COVID mortality rates among those age groups were compared to the anxiety/fear levels. And it was also cross-referenced to vaccination rates (for example, the mortality rate is FAR lower for people who have received vaccination shots, especially in the elderly category).

    Result: Elderly people who refuse vaccines unreasonably lack fear of COVD (and they're almost exclusively Republican) as compared to elderly people who have been vaccinated, who seem to assess the risk appropriately given the statistics and, despite Hoffman's comments, are actually leading very normal lives, lacking the fear of COVID he mentions.

    But I'll throw a bone to Hoffman in this regard: The surprising finding is that young adults who have been vaccinated REMAIN anxious/fearful at an inappropriate level considering there is very little risk to them, statistically. The numbers reflect our hunch that this is a group almost exclusively Democrats.

    The stats are what they are: Wayne's wrong - vaccines have had a tremendous impact and have contributed greatly to having vulnerable groups survive more, stay out of hospitals, and (predictions only at this stage) vaccinated individuals are more likely to avoid long-term effects from COVID, which are striking even young individuals at a rate higher than expected. But young people, primarily Democrats, need to shake the grip of anxiety/fear on them.

    So, yes, Wayne, there should be more "give" in schools to get back to "normal" - IF YOU"RE VACCINATED. I'm not trying to preach vaccinations here, but "the numbers don't lie." And that statement isn't based on fear; it's based on practicality and an assessment of the statistics. After a year of vaccines and boosters, there is enough data to demonstrate the efficacy of vaccines

    I remind people that IFF has for the past, what, almost 2 years? quoted from the Great Barrington Declaration to claim that we should live lives normally during this pandemic. And IFF seems to think that means ignoring COVID. But that's not what the GBD said. That meeting was sponsored by the Libertarian group American Institute for Economic Research. IFF always ignores the part of the GBD where it supported vaccinations against COVID, to supplement herd immunity. The epidemiologists and other medical professionals at that meeting knew the value of vaccines and endorsed them. They knew it would more quickly get us to the valued "herd immunity" and would more quickly restore us to "normal."

    While far-right individuals keep us from getting back to normal by refusing vaccines at an unhealthy rate, liberals are also keeping us from getting back to normal by refusing to allow "normalcy" even after vaccines.

    It's not black and white.

  • KJ says:

    Well there is a solution but parents are to fearful to try something new. Besides, it might inconvenience them.

  • Bruce Hendricks says:

    Thank you Wayne for having the moral courage to defy the "perceived wisdom" of our elite overlords. When public figures such as yourself dare to push back against the Regime's narrative, it gives average people the courage to begin to think for themselves, something the "elites" cannot allow to happen.

    IFF needs to continue to push back against the Regime and be a voice for the working class, Middle Americans, and assorted dissidents.

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