Popular MSNBC host Keith Olbermann turned his withering gaze to Texas last Friday, excoriating Governor Rick Perry for even considering public school-hater Cynthia Dunbar for chair of the state’s Board of Education. Dunbar’s outlandish comments landed the governor the top spot on Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” list.
Though the timing is a bit unfortunate — since Gov. Perry passed over Dunbar and appointed Gail Lowe as the new chair last Friday — the larger issue this clip highlights remains salient. The Texas State Board of Education continues to make national headlines for all the wrong reasons. The serious toll on textbooks and curriculum aside, the damage to the state’s national image is impossible to deny at this point. The embarrassment the actions of this board and those on it have brought to Texas over these past few years has been a PR disaster for the state.