Posted May 17, 2017 10:18 am - Updated May 17, 2017 10:27 am

Maybe it was the voices again...

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A little something I need to address.

In last Sunday's edition of Room 235 (America's Blog) I screwed up.

If you recall, last Sunday's blog was in response to a film crew making a documentary inside Highland Park high School and how it was making at least a few students uncomfortable in the process.

Most of the blog centered around a company named, " Learning Tree Productions" that I wrongly claimed was doing the filming.

Remember that one?

I know at least one reader does. They said, and I quote: "Wow. That's quite a level of low."

http://upieducation.org/partner/learningtree-productions/

Anyway, it turns out this wasn't the outfit doing to filming after all and resulted in the blog being removed.

The company actually producing the documentary is named "Learning Tree Productions."

https://www.learningtreeproductions.com/#home

No, that wasn't a typo.

Two companies, same "Learning Tree Productions" name.

Who knew?

Maybe I should have done a little more research before running my mouth.

My intentions weren't to mislead anyone in any way.

It was my mistake and good, bad, right, or wrong, I own it.

But then again it could have just been the voices in my head...

Kevin McGinty

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Manuela Chavez 12 days ago
What I see is that you portray yourself up front and honest - nothing more nothing less.

As far as your blog being pulled....things happen - water under the bridge so to speak.  You did not intentionally set out to mislead anyone and we all know that.....  

I will add that I am still skeptical about this 'filming' .

http://cjonline.com/news/local/education/2017-05-13/documentary-crew-actors-playing-students-concern-some-highland-park

"David Soto, a Highland Park High School senior, says the film crews who have tracked him and his classmates through hallways and into classrooms since January have made them feel weird and uncomfortable.“They follow us everywhere and we don’t like it, the camera people and all that,” Soto said. “They bother us when they bring the cameras in and record us. They tell us what to do, pretty much. We can’t be ourselves.”"




KEVIN MCGINTY 12 days ago
Do me a favor and drop me an email, Manuela. 

I have a question for you...
Kitty Persson 12 days ago
Kevin, that was a very easy mistake to make, given the name of these people.  I note too that "upi" is part of the link address in one of them.  Back in the day, upi stood for "united press international", an international news org.
But that's another story for another time...
As Manuela points out, students are uncomfortable with being followed around by this crew.
Put the name confusion aside for a moment and consider the larger point, which is just that:  making the kids uncomfortable by following, filming, and essentially invading their privacy.

Did the planners of this discuss nthe project with students and parents beforehand, to see how they would feel about it?

Or did the school just decree that "this is what we're doing whether anyone likes it or not"?
The upset brought on by the confusion over the name of the producers has overridden that very critical point.
Students and parents are not Pavlov's dogs.  They should have been given a choice on whether or not to take part.
Freedom, or tyranny?
McKenna Seymour 12 days ago
You must have missed the information provided in the original article that said students and parents had to sign consent forms if they wanted to be included in the filming. Film crews didn't just come in and take over the school.
Kitty Persson 12 days ago
Mckenna: a form is a form is a form.  There should have been an open discussion of pros/cons with student input on something of this nature.  And...given it is filming..who edits what and who gets to do that?

Mike Hasselkamp 12 days ago
Thanks for clearing that up Kev.  Now, how about that Rich murder?  I think when all is said and investigated,  it will bring down the Democratic Party.  
Bart Ross 12 days ago
You and Kevin had better worry about the Conservative Revolution, led by chief liar Trump. That's some pretty rocky road you folks are traveling on, what with all the potholes filled with Trump tweets. I'll watch as the bus carrying Trump and his bevy of sycophants heads straight for the cliff. 
Kitty Persson 12 days ago
Bart:  seems to me it's the left who should be worried...Pelosi told Tapper last night that any plans to impeach must have proof...quite a statement, coming from her, wouldn't you say?
Tom Digger 11 days ago
NOT HARDLY. Trump won't be impeached. He will resign and declare victory! He always has to play the victim! He will pretend he is the victim of some great  far left conspiracy and just isn't going to be allowed to do his job so he will resign. Of course, the Dems don't want that until after the 2018 elections. They need Trump to keep lying and screwing up everything he touches so they can take back Congress.
Manuela Chavez 11 days ago
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/16/nancy-pelosi-warns-democrats-pushing-impeachment-t/

"“In other words, again, if you are talking about impeachment, you are talking about what are the facts. Not that I don’t like him and I don’t like his hair and — what are the facts?” she said. “What are the facts that you would make a case on? What are the rules that he may have violated? If you don’t have that case you are just participating in more hearsay.”"


Mr. Digger, in this quote above from Nancy Pelosi herself..... could she be admitting that the Democrats have been pushing hearsay in their needless attacks on President Trump?  Just how much of their attacks is nothing but 100% hearsay?  So it is indisputably true that the Democrats are peddling hearsay instead of actual based facts and folks like you eat it hook, line, and sinker. 
Mike Hasselkamp 11 days ago
And by screwing things up you mean the 298,000 jobs that were added, the 67% drop in illegal immigration, the rise in housing sales, or the Gorsuch confirmation? Get a clue Tom.  
Manuela Chavez 11 days ago
http://cjonline.com/news/local/2017-05-18/kansas-newest-congressmen-criticize-press-stress-gop-loyalty-during-trump-s

From Justin Wingerter's article...
"“There’s been a clear slant that has permeated our national political coverage. Half-truths and innuendo have defined the conversation,” said Marshall, who was elected in November to represent central and western Kansas."

"“It’s kind of amazing,” Estes said in response. “When you take over the responsibility of the presidency the way he’s doing, you’ve got to give him some latitude to get his job done. And, you know, not everybody in the country voted for him — he recognized that — but we should be supporting and helping him work through some of these issues.”"

Mr. Digger....just let those words sink in that CJ columnist Justin Wingerter wrote in his article.....clear slant permeating.... that's what hearsay does...(after all, Pelosi herself said that the Democrats have participated in hearsay)..hearsay .. it contaminates logic and like Putin was quoted a saying... it's political schizophrenia.... that's an accurate assumption with how the Democrats have been with President Trump.  

Everything that the Democrats have tried to do in soiling on President Trump - so far to date - has been proven inaccurate.... and this latest episode in the soap opera orchestrated by the Democrats will follow suit.... i.e. be proven inaccurate.
Kitty Persson 11 days ago
Tom: since the left loves  victimhood so much, will he be embraced by them now?  I mean...they did that for Comey...
Manuela Chavez 11 days ago
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/17/donald-trumps-intelligence-sharing-with-russians-o/

According to this article posted by the Washington times: 

"....a handful of news organizations are guilty of hyping what amounts to a nonstory."

"...They also say the criticism overlooks how President Obama and his top aides shared intelligence with Russia in the fight against the Islamic State group and faced several crises of their own with damaging intelligence leaks."

"...“First of all, it was the Obama administration that started the policy of intelligence-sharing with the Russians about the specific problem of ISIS in Syria, and there was no secret that such sharing was going on,” said the official, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity. “Second, the president can say whatever he wants because he’s the president — assuming he said something sensitive, that’s entirely up to his judgment.”"
McKenna Seymour 12 days ago
Thank you, Mr. McGinty. How refreshing this was to see.
Floyd Lee 12 days ago
Okay, so let's talk.  I've given it some thought, and I've decided that I stand by everything that I commented previously.

I'm still a Highland Park grad (of which I am still proud), and I'm still glad anytime my alma mater gets positive publicity, especially on national TV.

But I also I see no reason to retract the comments I offered on the two "red flag" concerns from the initial Capital-Journal article.  They were real.

(Perhaps the concerns raised by the initial C-J article, motivated the A&E Network and the production folks to do what they should have done in the first place, which was to give a full and honest explanation of what they were seeking to accomplish.)

Also, I said a genuine "thank you" to Kevin and another poster for the information that they sincerely attempted to offer.  So I've decided that NO, I'm not retracting my "thank you" in the slightest.  Not even going to worry about it, even though it turned out that a different production company of the very same name was involved. 

Accidents happen.  Retractions happen.  But **Integrity Happens** too, and whether you agree or disagree with him on any topic, Kevin McGinty reflects genuine integrity and intellect with every discussion that he puts on the Community Blog table.  So there you go.  Any questions?


KEVIN MCGINTY 12 days ago
Hey Contra, we're having a little get together next Saturday afternoon at the same place we had it last year and we'd all love to see you again...
Dennis Beckmann 12 days ago
Good job again, Kevin.
Kala Allen Hisel 12 days ago
I value honesty and integrity, two admirable traits that have become sullied in today's environment.  Thank you, Kevin, for being the example of upstanding character that is so needed and so lacking in our personal and political climate of today's society. 
Tom Digger 11 days ago
Good for you. Way to man up Kev.. maybe there is hope for you yet friend. Facts, truth and reality will keep pounding on the doors of that alternate universe. With the last couple of weeks our liar in chief has had, the sound of that pounding must be making it really hard to sleep and ignore it much longer.
Manuela Chavez 11 days ago
actually there might be hope for you.... you can learn from Kevin's honesty.