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CSUSB professor participates in online chat, ‘Is Trump’s hold on the GOP still strong?’
Jan. 26, 2022

The latest FiveThirtyEight politics chat, which focused on the question of former President Donald Trump’s influence on the Republican Party and whether it may be overstated, included Meredith Conroy, CSUSB associate professor of political science.

Conroy, a FiveThirtyEight contributor, said that one place to look on whether Trump’s hold is weakening is in the GOP news media. “There’s little question that conservative media is, as historian Nicole Hemmer put it, ‘a coequal branch of party politics’ among Republicans. But which conservative media currently wields the most influence is less obvious right now. For decades, conservative talk radio was influential behind the scenes, and then later Fox News was the most trusted source among Republicans. But after Trump lost and was critical of Fox News reporting on election night, it seemed like Fox News might be ready to break off from Trump. But the rise of newer media organizations like Newsmax and One America News Network (OANN) seem to be keeping Fox News on a Trump leash as they compete to keep their viewers. So, all this probably signals he has a strong hold.”

Read the transcript of the chat at “Is Trump’s hold on the GOP still strong?

CSUSB professor comments on Amazon-funded logistics course at Cajon High School
Jan. 26, 2022

Eric Nilsson, CSUSB professor of economics, was interviewed for an article about a high school program, the “Amazon Logistics and Business Management Pathway,” designed by educators at Cal State San Bernardino and Chaffey College, and launched in 2019. Amazon, which funded the program with a grant, acts as an “industry expert” and offers internships to students in the program, a San Bernardino City Unified School District spokesperson said.

Much of the curriculum is “very, very pro-business,” said Nilsson, although he noted that is typical of business courses in high schools and colleges across the country. 

The article said, “Although the curriculum for these Amazon pathway courses at Cajon High are fairly typical for business classes, says Nilsson, what is less typical is having high school students taught them in a setting surrounded by company propaganda. ‘They’re [the students] surrounded by these messages that are even above the subliminal level. You know, you walk into a classroom and you’re surrounded by Amazon’s leadership principles,’ he said, referring to the quotes on the walls. Nilsson said that even though the curriculum itself may be relatively standard, it is ‘concerning’ that students are learning them in a context where, implicitly or not, they are being told that learning was made possible by a corporation with pro-business and anti-labor practices. …

“The whole point of a business course is to get students to internalize the agenda of businesses,” Nilsson said, “And that’s a large part of what’s going on here.”

Read the complete article at “Amazon paid for a high school course. Here’s what they teach.

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