And, a little testy about the White House and its in again, out again approach to the protests and the NYT coverage of the White House actions. Let it be noted that Professor Ann Althouse voted for President Barack Obama back in 2008.
The blog posting is asking all the right questions. For example, about what news reporting the NYT is really doing re the teachers and when they will and won't be back in the classrooms. (Right now it is Tuesday vice Monday.) A real fisking.
But, while Professor Althouse does point out that the NYT doesn't tell us about the TAA
Does the NYT know or care what the TAA even is let alone its role in organizing the protest?she doesn't tell the rest of us outside of Madison who or what is the TAA. Think of Teaching Assistants.
To cue off of a post at the Dick Howe blog, "Egypt? No. Lawrence in 1912? No. Madison, Wis., Now" (Paul Marion), let us go from Cairo to Madison to Lowell. Let us, for a moment, project this back here to Massachusetts. Where do we think our Teaching Assistants and UAW Adjunct Professors♠ would stand if it was Governor Patrick and the General Court looking at cutting benefits and curtailing organizing rights for government employees? Not to make it personal, but it is too bad City Life is not live this week, so we could all call in and ask the host where he and his fellow Adjunct Professors stand on this issue.
But, back to Madison. Reading the Althouse blog gives one a quite different view of what is happening in her home town from the view one gets from reading newspapers home-based several states away. And, keep in mind, she voted for Barack Obama and is a government employee in the system and facing about a $10,000 pa pay cut under the proposals from Governor Scott Walker.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Is this UAW Local 1596? I think so.  I remember them going around last year and doing their organizing. I passed some material to one adjunct professor for them.