Instead of focusing on the winner, The New York Times ran a story about an immigrant from
Not until the middle of the story did The Times get around to recognizing the winner, noting only his name and hometown and the fact that the AP reported his victory.
Likewise, USA Today ran an Associated Press story that mentioned only that Evan liked to eat fish before competing. Nothing was said about his home schooling.
The Los Angeles Times noted in its third paragraph that Evan “is taught by his mother, Jennifer O'Dorney, through San Ramon's
The media as a whole studiously ignored the ongoing story of homeschoolers scoring remarkable successes at the National Spelling Bee and other competitions, such as the National Geography Bee.
CBS' The Early Show's Russ Mitchell interviewed Evan and his parents, but home schooling never came up. Same with Al Roker's and Meredith Vieira's interview with the family on NBC's The Today Show.
ABC's Good Morning
Roberts: And the champion is here with us this morning. Evan, his parents, Jennifer, also his homeschool teacher and coach, and Mike. I hear you're a whiz with the numbers as well Mike?
Roberts: Congratulations. Have you gotten any sleep?
Roberts: Good, so nice and rested and ready to go. Because you're the champion now.
More fish, anyone?