Friday, March 20, 2015
KZRG's Chad Elliot: Anne Sharp ad has no substance whatsoever
"It has no substance whatsoever,"Elliot said.
The advertisement, the two hosts noted, consists of loud music, followed by scenes of Sharp jumping around "at some kind of an event."
"Did those people even know" they were being filmed for a political advertisement?" Wright asked.
The answer for nearly all of them is no. Most of the video was filmed at a professional development that teachers were forced to attend. It was also played up by Superintendent C. J. Huff as featuring an important announcement about the future and the unveiling of the results of a teacher survey.
The survey had actually been taken more than nine months earlier and less than half of the teachers had filled it out. Of those teachers, less than half said they had confidence in the Huff Administration, a result that was glossed over in Huff's presentation.
While the "professional development" was continuing, Sharp had a local public relations firm videoing her in action, as she helped lead teachers in the wave and smiled, surrounded by teachers.
The ad also showed Sharp in a school setting with a child, indicating that taxpayer-financed educational facilities were deliberately commandeered by an elected official for campaign purposes during the shooting of both segments of the commercial.
Eliot said Sharp's ad told him nothing, noting that he wanted to know what Sharp planned to do about the district's financial situation and how she planned to retain teachers.
Both hosts questioned the theme of the ad, which stressed being positive and said that the loudest voices were always negative.
Elliot said it was not being negative to want to know what the district was going to do about its spending problems or how it was going to retain teachers.
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