Conservative media commentator Glenn Beck led a national strategy session to kill the Common Core State Standards on Tuesday night, using a two-hour simulcast into movie theaters across the country as a way to embolden critics of the standards and recruit foot soldiers to the cause.
“This one is being won,” Beck said from a soundstage in Texas, his image broadcast to audience members who paid $20 a ticket.
“It’s being won and these are your allies in the fight. You’ve felt alone, but we have lots of allies.”
The 17 people gathered at the Regal 13 Cinema in Rockville, Md., might be forgiven for feeling alone. The audience was sprinkled throughout the rows of the darkened theater, and when Beck implored his viewers to turn to their neighbors and introduce themselves, most people faced empty seats.