A textbook company sales executive exposed in a Project Veritas undercover video revealing the Common Core initiative’s political bias and anti-American agenda, sent Breitbart News a “cease and desist” demand over our reporting on the investigation, claiming she has been terminated from her job.
On Friday, Kim Koerber, a sales consultant with National Geographic and a former executive for textbook publishing giant Pearson Education, a Common Core textbook publisher, sent Breitbart News the following:
CEASE AND DESIST ORDER:
You are hereby directed to immediately remove the January 21st article titled “Former Pearson Exec reveals anti-American Agenda in Common Core” from your website and other places it may be located. I was videotaped without my knowledge, and this misrepresents what I said that day.
This article has caused me to be terminated from my job. I have a lawyer, and if it is not immediately removed, I will persist in legal action.
I expect to hear from you immediately regarding this order.
Breitbart News telephoned and emailed National Geographic on Tuesday in an attempt to confirm Koerber’s claim that she was terminated, but was informed that the offices of National Geographic are closed – presumably due to the east coast snowstorm.
Breitbart News will continue to cover events surrounding the progressive influence on American education, one of the important socio-economic issues in the 2016 presidential race.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) terminated Dianne Barrow and Amelia Petties after previous Project Veritas videos were released that featured these employees discussing the importance of profits over education for textbook publishers involved in Common Core curricula. HMH issued a statement justifying its actions:
HMH will not tolerate behavior and conduct that contradicts our values and commitment to learning. As stated previously, the comments captured in these videos do not reflect the views of HMH and the commitment of our over 4,000 employees who dedicate their lives to serving teachers and students every day. The individuals who made these statements are no longer with the company.
The most recent video, featuring Koerber released on January 21, was quickly reported by Breitbart News and other media outlets and is part of a series about the Common Core education initiative produced by Project Veritas.
“We’ve released three Common Core videos and employment of three textbook sales executives have been terminated,” said Project Veritas president James O’Keefe in a statement to Breitbart News. “We can continue to expose this whole rotten system until they have no one left standing, but hopefully this will provide enough motivation for the political class to finally take action to end this crony system behind Common Core forever.” Read More