“Stop Talking To The Press” About UWS School Integration Plan, Advises Former Daily Show Correspondent

That’s advice from former “Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones, quoted on WNYC (Advice from Jason Jones to Upper West Side Parents: Don’t Talk to the Press), telling fellow parents to avoid the press or at least think carefully before talking to reporters about the debate over revamping attendance boundaries (and thus school demographics) on New York City’s Upper West Side.

From a pure journalistic point of view, the advice is objectionable — even more so since Jones’ former gig was playing a fake journalist on cable TV and is (or was) married to Samantha “Full Frontal” Bee, who’s all about transparency and media coverage.

However, media coverage of proposals to change school attendance boundaries can be extremely sensitive for parents who want to express concerns about the potential impact of changes to their children’s schools but don’t want to have their comments taken out of context or to be perceived as racist.

Alexander Russo

Alexander Russo is a freelance education writer who has created several long-running blogs such as the national news site This Week In Education, District 299 (about Chicago schools), and LA School Report. He can be reached on Twitter at @alexanderrusso, on Facebook, or directly at alexanderrusso@gmail.com.