Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Huffington Post is lying about Governor Rick Perry's college record

I have no love for Texas Governor Rick Perry. I think he would be a disaster as president. However, I also hate dishonest journalism.

Last week The Huffington Post tried to paint Rick Perry as a C and D student during his college years:
A source in Texas passed The Huffington Post Perry's transcripts from his years at Texas A&M University. The future politician did not distinguish himself much in the classroom. While he later became a student leader, he had to get out of academic probation to do so. He rarely earned anything above a C in his courses...
The Huffington Post is lying. The article is titled, "Rick Perry's College Transcript: A Lot Of Cs And Ds." In fact, his transcript shows he got 20 B's, 27 C's, and 9 D's. That's twice as many B's than D's. An honest title for the Huffington Post article would be "Rick Perry's College Transcript: A Lot Of Bs And Cs," but an honest title wouldn't serve The Huffington Post's political agenda.

They said Rick Perry rarely got grades above C, but his transcript shows that he got lots of B's. They paint him as a C and D student when the transcript shows he got far more B's than D's. They said he was on academic probation when RICK PERRY'S TRANSCRIPT SHOWS NO RECORD OF ACADEMIC PROBATION.

Finally, let me just say that it is illegal for universities to release college transcripts without the student's permission. It doesn't matter whether it's a Democratic or Republican politician, or an ordinary person like you or me, publicly releasing college transcripts is a violation of personal privacy. This should offend anyone who cares about civil liberties.

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