There are many stories out there chronicling the Girl Scouts embrace of values that many would call out of the mainstream. Just google Girl Scout controversies and see them for yourself.
But this one in the eyes of some may be the proverbial nail in the coffin for the GSA:
In 2010, the Girl Scouts of the USA published a book called “MEdia.” The publication, designed for girls in grades six through eight, is a guide that apparently offers insight into how young people should process and understand the media messages surrounding them.
Considering the pervasive nature of popular media, this seems like a viable tool. However, there’s a problem — the book refers young readers to Media Matters for America as one of the primary sources for debunking lies and deceit.
Under the headline, “Consider the Source,” text encourages girls to go to the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America web site to clear up any media misinformation they might encounter. It reads:
The Internet is a breeding ground for “urban legends,” which are false stories told as if true. Next time you receive a txt or e-mail about something that seems unbelievable, confirm it before you spread it.
The fact-checking site snopes.com investigates everything from urban legends to “news” articles and posts its findings. Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation.
In case you missed the reference, the Girl Scouts are suggesting that the George Soros funded Media Matters for America be the go to place for combatting media misinformation.
Imagine the outcry if the Boy Scouts Handbook guided members to Rush Limbaugh or Newsbusters for guidance on media veracity… you think there’d be a bit of an outcry?
I’m thnking so.
But this story… will be ignored by your regular outlets for news and information.
Just doesn’t fit the meme.