We’ve been culling recent articles published at “The Champion” and find that they seem to have an organized, focused agenda of attack on the new superintendent.
A quick overview includes the May 11 edition, which hosts a half page letter to the editor titled, “Dekalb County Schools: ‘A culture of fear and intimidation’, written by a former system administrator, Gwendolyn Bouie, completely bashing Atkinson — calling her leadership “a culture of fear and intimidation”. (Apparently, Bouie never experienced the fear and intimidation of Crawford Lewis, now under indictment on RICO charges.) Bouie even states that she finds it “interesting” that many of the recently fired administrators are minorities. (Guess she hadn’t noticed that the system employees ARE mostly minorities! Well, African-American minorities – we have very few Hispanics or other minority employees. It’s nearly impossible to reduce staff without effecting an African-American employee.)
“The Champion” pulls a double whammy by posting three more letters slamming Atkinson in their paper the next day along with a front page above the fold article titled, “Atkinson’s former district still struggling”.
Add to these, the scathing article against Atkinson written by Steen Miles back in January ( What is Steen Miles talking about? ) and you can begin to see a full court press kicking Atkinson to the curb.
Two words come to mind as we ponder the agenda of “The Champion” and their back to back reader opinions attacking Atkinson: Bully Pulpit.
And people say this blog is tough?