THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2013
Therein lies a tale: Last night, Michelle Rhee appeared on the Chris Hayes show. (We were a bit surprised.)
This morning, we wanted to review the transcript. When we entered “Rhee” in the Nexis search engine, we got no hit. There was no sign that she had appeared on any Chris Hayes program.
Puzzled, we looked at the Hayes transcript for the December 4 program. We saw a discussion of the new PISA results—a discussion which wasn’t conducted on last night’s program.
Looking more closely, we saw that this was actually the transcript for the December 3 Hayes show. Somehow, the Tuesday night transcript has been posted on Nexis under Wednesday’s date.
This is in the form of a correction. Yesterday, we said we checked the Nexis archives, but found no discussion of the new PISA results on MSNBC Tuesday night.
In fact, there was such a discussion on the Hayes program Tuesday night. But something seems to be getting screwed up in Nexis postings of the Hayes transcripts.
In our view, Hayes’ discussion with Rhee last night was basically underwhelming. In effect, he brought an education person onto the show, then kept asking her about future job prospects for low-income kids who do get good educations.
We haven’t had the heart to review the Tuesday night discussion, whose transcript is posted at Nexis under Wednesday night’s date. Yesterday, the Tuesday night transcript didn’t ring up when we searched (we searched on terms like “PISA” and “math”). Today, it is the Wednesday night transcript which is mistakenly AWOL.
That said, Hayes did do a segment on Tuesday night concerning the new PISA scores. According to Nexis, the PISA has been mentioned on no other MSNBC evening programs this week.
To see a fairly pointless discussion with Rhee, you can click here, then click on “America’s Inequality Problem.”
Theoretically, Rhee is an expert on education, not on the question of whether well-educated students will be able to find jobs in the future.
That’s a very important question, of course. It just isn’t a question about public schools.
Concerning MSNBC transcripts: At the MSNBC transcript page, no transcripts appear yet for this week. MSNBC tends to be like this.
If you want to read the Hayes transcripts, eventually they should turn up here.