This guy clearly lives in an echo chamber.
On Friday, I briefly highlighted the case of Jesse Farrar, a former Deadspin and Vice “journalist” (rolling eyes) who — responding to concerns by a conservative activist worried about leftist professors retaliating against conservative students — tweeted that said professors should instead “hold the conservative students heads under water until they stop breathing”:
During an interview later that afternoon with Vice, Farrar admitted to have merely been joking (how is that even funny?) and then, worse, mocked Kirk over his concerns about leftists dominating higher education.
“It’s a mythical idea to begin with, that colleges are a bastion of left-wing thought,” he said. “Even if that were true, the idea that they were like, ‘Oh that guy has an American flag on his shirt, he gets an F now’ is just so dumb.”
Not surprisingly, Vice magazine — the same outlet that advertised a “vacation from whites” last week — reported Farrar’s fallacious claims uncritically, making no effort whatsoever to verify whether what he had said was even true.
Well, it’s not, you fat, ignorant, unkempt jackass. I could literally write an entire book full of examples, you jerk, but because I happen to be on a very busy schedule, I’m going to quickly cite a couple examples.
Let’s start with NBC:
A recent study by Santa Clara University researcher Daniel Klein estimated that among social science and humanities faculty members nationwide, Democrats outnumber Republicans by at least seven to one; in some fields it’s as high as 30 to one. And in the last election, the two employers whose workers contributed the most to Sen. John Kerry’s presidential campaign were the University of California system and Harvard University.
Many teachers insist personal politics don’t affect teaching. But in a recent survey of students at 50 top schools by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a group that has argued there is too little intellectual diversity on campuses, 49 percent reported at least some professors frequently commented on politics in class even if it was outside the subject matter.
Thirty-one percent said they felt there were some courses in which they needed to agree with a professor’s political or social views to get a good grade.
Let’s move on to Campus Reform for a more specific example (albeit an alleged one):
A press release issued this week by the UNLV College Republicans alleges that an instructor subjected Chapter President Jacob Deaville to“unfair grading practices” and “inappropriate jokes and remarks regarding President Trump’s administration and Deaville’s political affiliation.”
According to the press release, the behavior continued even after several meetings with the Department Chair, prompting Deaville to file a formal complaint with the UNLV Faculty Senate.
The unnamed professor later reportedly resigned.
Next up is Boston magazine, which included coverage of radicalized leftist students and professors teaming up to silence all opposing voices:
Earlier in the school year, students at Brown University had protested and compelled administrators to cancel a lecture by New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly, a registered Independent and the architect of a failed stop-and-frisk program that disproportionately targeted minorities. “Discourse facilitated, legitimized, and moneyed by the few in power is not true ‘discourse’ at all,” then-Brown student Doreen St. Félix wrote in the Guardian, defending the protests.
Then, at Smith College, the all-female school in Northampton, the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde—called “one of the most accomplished and powerful women in the world” by the Washington Post—was forced to cancel her commencement speech after faculty and students took offense at certain IMF lending policies.
Today’s college progressives “don’t simply think you’re wrong, they think that you’re dangerous,” says Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. “I might agree if they were talking about someone way out on the fringes, but they’re talking about Republicans and Libertarians.”
Next is the New York Post, which profiled the fear felt by conservative professors:
“I am the equivalent of someone who was gay in Mississippi in 1950,” a conservative professor — “Prof. B” — told Jon A. Shields and Joshua M. Dunn Sr. for their book “Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University” (Oxford University Press).
“I’m looking basically to hide,” the forlorn prof added. “If I came out, that would finish me,” he said, noting that even though he is tenured, his hope of winning a scholarly honor would be nixed by revealing his true identity. “I started feeling like a whore, which is what you feel like when you’re lying to people all the time,” he said.
More than 150 conservative professors participated in interviews for the book, which paints a frightening picture of conservative life in the academy.
And last is The Chronicle of Higher Education, which told the story of a conservative professor who was terminated for his political beliefs:
According to communication-studies department leaders at the University of California at Los Angeles, the story of why Keith A. Fink lost his job isn’t an especially interesting one: He was a part-time lecturer, and his teaching wasn’t up to par.
But according to Mr. Fink, the tale is far more troubling. Mr. Fink, a conservative, says he was pushed out in large part because of his political beliefs and because one of the courses he taught — a popular class on campus free speech — dared to criticize UCLA’s own actions. …
Mr. Fink, a lawyer, had been an adjunct faculty member in communication studies at UCLA for a decade. In one of the courses he taught, “Sex, Politics, and Race: Free Speech on Campus,” he often brought up UCLA-specific speech controversies — for instance, provocative posters that appeared on the campus. In doing so, he said, he critically analyzed how university leaders had responded to the incident. At times, he said, UCLA didn’t come out looking great.
“The fact that I use current events at UCLA as teaching examples to illustrate free-speech principles likely bothers the administration, often because their campuswide emails run afoul of the First Amendment and directly or indirectly trample on students’ free-speech rights,” said Mr. Fink, who was out of the country and responded to questions by email.
These are not figments of a right-winger’s imagination, Mr. Farrar. It is practically undeniable that higher education has indeed become dominated by leftists who oftentimes use intimidation, manipulation and bullying to silence ideological opponents.
That you believe otherwise suggests you live in an echo chamber — and that perhaps you have no business being a so-called “journalist” in the first place.