PBS New­sHour Runs Down GOP Can­di­dates on ‘Slav­ery’ Cur­ricu­lum, Trans­gen­der Kids

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<div>PBS NewsHour Runs Down GOP Candidates on 'Slavery' Curriculum, Transgender Kids</div>

The tax­pay­er-sup­port­ed PBS New­sHour pro­gram caught up to the sec­ond Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial debate on Thurs­day evening and pre­dictably char­ac­ter­ized it as a sad mess.
One of the paper’s most Repub­li­can-hos­tile reporters, White House cor­re­spon­dent Lau­ra Bar­ron-Lopez, pounced on some of the Repub­li­can respons­es and fact-checked them after the fact, in keep­ing with the show’s pro­gres­sive agen­da on trans­gen­der issues and the treat­ment of black his­to­ry in school cur­ric­u­la.
She set the despon­dent tone in her lead:

Bar­ron-Lopez: At times com­bat­ive and unfo­cused, sev­en GOP pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls des­per­ate­ly tried to steal the spot­light away from for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

After mock­ing can­di­date Chris Christie’s rather cringe attempt to label Don­ald Trump “Don­ald Duck,” she stat­ed that “Chaos reigned among the can­di­dates” while sin­gling out Flori­da Gov. Ron DeSan­tis and for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence for dubi­ous rebut­tals – rebut­tals that the can­di­dates weren’t allowed to chal­lenge.

Bar­rón-López: DeSan­tis defend­ed Flori­da’s African Amer­i­can stud­ies cur­ricu­lum, which claims that some enslaved peo­ple ben­e­fit­ed from slav­ery.
Gov. Ron DeSan­tis: These are great black his­to­ry schol­ars, so we need to stop play­ing these games.
Lau­ra Bar­rón-López: Af …