I have a problem with Facebook’s Zuckerberg hosting a fundraiser for Chris Christie

When you’re wasting time on Facebook, don’t forget that the boss of the company, Mark Zuckerberg, is funding the destruction of teacher’s unions, and supporting a politician who is strongly against marriage equality.

It’s beyond me why any liberal would want to help fund Zuckerberg and his destructive politics but then again, it’s beyond me why liberals support quite a few anti-liberal Democrats.

Salon:

In the summer of 2010, Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to help reform Newark’s schools. Zuckerberg had no previous relationship to New Jersey. Cory Booker just happened to sit down next to him at a dinner table at the Allen & Co. retreat in Sun Valley, Idaho, an annual event at which billionaires and politicians gather to hobnob about the issues of the day. Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, is a teacher, and what little we know about Zuckerberg’s politics suggest that he has a sincere interest in education reform. This is something, incidentally, not at all uncommon among Silicon Valley executives, no matter what their political allegiance. Tech executives tend to think of themselves as problem solvers who embrace innovation. In their view, public education is broken in the United States. They’d love to fix it. And despite Valley liberalism, it is probably safe to say that the key elements of education reform in Newark — charter schools, breaking the power of teachers’ unions — won’t rankle the techies. Silicon Valley may be blue, but it is hardly a stronghold for organized labor.

Control over Newark’s schools, however, resided with the state government, so any big reform project had to go through Christie’s office. According to BusinessWeek and the New York Times, in the process of working out the details Zuckerberg, Christie and Booker got along famously. They announced the grant together on Oprah Winfrey’s television show and have been in what seems like reasonably close touch ever since. The Wall Street Journal reported that Christie and his wife stayed with Zuckerberg during at least one visit to Facebook last year.

Uh huh, because the problems with American school is the unions. Riiiigggghhhttt. (Be sure to note that “Democrat” Cory Booker is also keen to do the same.)

After registering with Facebook years ago (was it 2007?), I quickly became annoyed, then disgusted with its constant policy changes. Following multiple attempts to take ownership of user photos, I finally said “enough” and closed my account. That was around the time Zuckerberg hired a former Bush attorney, which also bothered me.

Provided you’re okay with pumping big money into destroying teachers and promoting hateful politics, go ahead and keep using Facebook. But don’t act surprised or outraged when he keeps dumping money into the hands of jerks like Christie.


An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173480024 Rob Michael

    ^^^^^ jigga boo francy pants —– KNOWN TROLL. PLEASE IGNORE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1173480024 Rob Michael

    Agree, agree, agree. We are using an incredibly outdated model of education that is not doing the job it needs to do and yet the second someone mentions that unions might have to reform or change or wash their hands for 45 seconds instead of 30 in the bathroom, the whole dialogue comes to a halt. I could be called a conservative, but I don’t hate unions and I think they give needed power to the worker, especially when the boss is a city or state government. I just think shutting down education reform anytime someone mentions union reform is absurd.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I think he should change his handle to “Drive-by Chris”. Throw out a couple little bombs, accuse Zuckerberg and Booker of being out to destroy labor unions, bitch about Facebook a bit, cruise on to the next post. Stellar work.

  • Moderator3

    Odd that you would seek out a blog that doesn’t try to hide the fact that many of the posters are gay. As Mr. Rogers would say, “Can you say latent?”

  • jigga boo francy pants

    Gays and co. need to quit shoving their gayness down the rest of the world’s throat (no pun intended.) I don’t mind you guys, in fact I have several homo friends, and we get along great. But please, stop trying to make us all accept that your sexual acts are normal and okay. They’re not.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    And I’m not sure how you missed my point but it’s obviously not that the Internet doesn’t reach Paris (what are you, twelve?) but that it’s easy to blindly pledge allegiance to teachers unions when your family lives in Paris and isn’t directly affected by the health of US education.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    +1

    “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.”

  • SkippyFlipjack

    googled ‘bumper sticker’. wasn’t worth taking the time to find the perfect car for the joke.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jskirst Jonathan Kirst

    I’m one of those techies, and when I hear this stuff, it’s hard to take, hard to stay blue. We’re supposed to be accepting, willing to hear and give nuanced, facts based arguments. Catchy, hateful one liners are not supposed to be our deal – that’s for conservatives.

    “…don’t forget that the boss of the company, Mark Zuckerberg, is funding the destruction of teacher’s unions…” Replace ‘teacher’s unions’ with gun rights and you have something as simple minded and spiteful as a redstate blog.

    “Uh huh, because the problems with American school is the unions. Riiiigggghhhttt.” Really? Nothing wrong with the unions? Clearly they aren’t the only, or even the worst, issue facing American public schools. Funding is atrocious. But is there nothing to be done on the union front? Really, its perfect?

    Attack the techies because we are willing to have dialogue, to see different view points, to want to do something and help even if it means going after sacred cows. But don’t expect us to stick around when you become the new conservative party, sacrificing your ideals to save established interests.

  • Naja pallida

    Many sites like a ready-made, functioning comment system which most of their users are already familiar with, and which in theory encourages people to use their real names in the hope that they won’t resort to acting like a bunch of monkeys flinging poo. Plus, I’m sure they get a cut of the take, like they do with advertising.

  • emjayay

    Somehow random blog comments of mine have shown up on my Facebook page. No more signing in with Facebook for me. Why does for example Charles Pierce/Esquire require it?

  • emjayay

    Absolutely, and more. Most of the problems in American education stem from terrible parenting and worthless culture the kids grow up in. Getting rid of all housing projects ASAP (even new pretty ones) and raising the minimum wage 50% would be a good start. Kids don’t need Tiger Moms. Pretty much any Asian parents will do.

  • emjayay

    Huh, American political bumper sticker on a European Socialistic car.

  • vonlmo

    “education reform” begins w parents actively involved in their kids education, turning off the tv, electronic social media apps & going Tiger Mom on their kids. If Zucky were honest, he’d tell Christie to get a Jewish mother in each & every family.

  • Y’all Dumb

    Facebook only makes 5 dollars off of you per year, and 4 of those dollars go towards operating costs. By getting rid of your facebook, you deprive a billionaire of a few cents, and you deprive yourself of a useful tool to connect with people in your life.

  • Badgerite

    It is my own opinion that public education is not ‘broken’ so much as underfunded in poor communities. And I believe this has been an intentional policy. The Plessy v Ferguson ‘seperate but equal’ barriers just putting on a different disguise.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Heterosexist = discrimination based on someone’s being straight?

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Guh. It’s never actual scientists and scholars–you know, people who actually know something valuable–promoting “education reform”. No, it’s always “techies”, especially folks like Gates and Zuckerberg who somehow think they’re geniuses and experts on everything because they wrote some code once.

  • Sweetie

    This is a gay-friendly blog, so take your sexist and heterosexist tripe and move on.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    It’s pretty hard to fritter away nine billion dollars. See “Brewster’s Millions” for proof.

  • caphillprof

    Zuckerberg is a one trick pony. There will not be a second act. One day he’ll look back and wish he hadn’t frittered away his fortune.

  • caphillprof

    Why does your comment give me a Humpty-Dumpty feeling?

  • caphillprof

    I have a few Republican friends. They are all deluded in believing they belong to the political party of Everett Dirksen.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    I like it..

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Is Zuckerberg funding ALEC? No? Then why would you bring them up? A la Chris you would apparently rather throw around the names of bogeymen than discuss real issues. Are you able to discuss the state of our education system today without accusing anyone taking a critical position of wanting to “demonize unions”? The only one demonizing anyone is Chris.

    Here: I’m a pro-union progressive and I think some of the positions of the teachers unions are wrong. Is that contradictory? Do you want to lump me in with ALEC and Scott Walker?

  • Hober Nob

    You’re a bit of a drama queen aren’t you Chris?

  • sophie

    I have a problem with your asinine comments.

    Obviously, you have been absorbing the “education reform,” propaganda. Please educate yourself regarding ALEC and the legislation they have been lobbying for in all fifty states, as well as the destruction of unions– including teacher’s unions.
    Public school teachers have been under attack long enough courtesy of ALEC, Betsy de Vos foundation, Michele Rhees, etc., And, virtual schooling gurus.

    These “organizations” have been demonizing teacher’s unions in order to privatize public education, and turn it into a corporate cash cow. Hence, Zuckerberg’s keen interest. Bill gates also shared the same zeal not so long ago–including promoting anti-public education and anti-public education teachers via the film, “Waiting for Superman.” Outfits like K12, Connections academies, etc., (all ALEC members) want to privatize public education and transform it into a literal virtual education free-for-all–meaning kids learn from home on their computers. Virtual education is growing at an alarming rate.

    Dismantling public education is the PRIMARY reason this menage-a-trois between Christie, Zuckerberg, and Booker, exists. They all have a stake in the outcome. They want to take taxpayer dollars and give them to charter and private schools, which in turn takes needed money from public schools, and eventually public school teachers.
    That is why it is so important for the right wing to demonize unions as worthless, and promote the falsehood that public education is broken, and teachers are “being paid too much money.” The opposite is true.

    In CA, public schools may soon finally have adequate funding, thanks to new tax policies passed via propositions in 2012. I’m hoping that the ALEC sponsored onslaught will suffer.

    Chris is exactly right on this post, and you seem to have a problem with critical thinking skills.

    If someone resides in Paris, what, there is no “news” there? Ever heard of the internet?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    I noticed that, too.

  • Naja pallida

    Even that is pretty bad, because any site with a Facebook login system on it allows Facebook to collect data on your web usage. Which they then turn around and use to sell and target ads.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    You don’t have a single Republican friend?

  • SkippyFlipjack

    It’s fine to rely on Wikipedia if you understand how to use a reference source.

    btw in that article Leonard says Chan “is a teacher” so if you’re right then he’s wrong and Vejo is technically correct, although I don’t know that one’s spouse’s profession determines the limits of that person’s knowledge of a subject.

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Chris in Paris has a problem with Zuckerberg, and I have a problem with Americablog’s Dubya-esque adherence to narrow-minded rules masquerading as principles when it comes to unions. The teaser to this post says that Zuck “wants to fund the destruction of unions.” What dishonest claptrap. Being a progressive doesn’t mean blind allegiance to every union in every industry in every situation.

    Zuckerberg (who I have no love for) apparently has an interest in education reform. That doesn’t mean he wants to destroy teacher’s unions, which even if true wouldn’t mean that he wants to destroy unions. The teacher’s union is unlike others because we as parents have a personal vested interest in the product of the union’s labor, so our interests must sometimes be aligned with management, and that dynamic needs to be respected. Maybe charter and magnet schools aren’t the answer, or maybe the current system isn’t really broken. Make those arguments, or any other thoughtful ideas for our education system, but stop with the unproductive and inaccurate name-calling. Chris, it must be nice advocating blind unquestioning support for the teacher’s unions from your perch in France.

    You know who really needs to unionize? Kids. I’d give my full support to a children’s union that had only their interests in mind.

  • cole3244

    not completely anti gay, that sure makes me feel better about him, fence sitting is a sport now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Mathwig/100002966917784 Mike Mathwig

    Only thing facebook is good for is to sign in to comments, period

  • Houndentenor

    He’s pro-choice and not completely anti-gay. He’ll never get past the base of the GOP. If he runs he’ll be out of the race by the first of March.

  • cole3244

    i look forward to having christie the gop nominee in 2016, he had his 15 min of fame and is already returning to being the thug he has always been, if he was a decent human being he wouldn’t belong to the party of hate and bigotry, plain and simple, end of conversation.

  • quark

    She was a teacher.

    It is counterproductive to rely on Wikipedia and pretend it is an adequate reference and mangle words into a grammatical garbage pile while declaring that ” Zuckerberg know nothing about education.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2012/05/20/mark-zuckerbergs-wife-priscilla-chan-a-new-brand-of-billionaire-bride/

  • Vejo

    According to Wikipedia, Zuckerberg’s wife is a pediatrician, not a teacher. Zuckerberg know nothing about education.

  • Naja pallida

    The “Click here to like this post on Facebook” bit at the bottom kinda dulls the message some. :)

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