Bad newspaper writing: NY Times on Texas textbooks

The article headline and first paragraph  tease us: Texas has approved textbooks for use in public school that say negative things about Muslims…

Texas’ State Board of Education has approved new history textbooks, but only after defeating six and seeing a top publisher withdraw a seventh — capping months of outcry over lessons that some academics say exaggerate the influence of Moses in American democracy and negatively portray Muslims.

But then in the article, not a single quote from one of the disputed textbooks, so that the reader could evaluate whether “some academics” (who are not cited) are reasonable or not.  So we should decide: Stop reading the New York Times.

via Texas Approves Disputed History Texts for Schools –

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