The left-leaning Chronicle of Higher Education’s liberal Peter Schmidt doesn’t like Campus Reform or The College Fix. In his recent Higher Education’s Internet Outrage Machine left-leaning Schmidt wants you to know all about “conservative” voices in the world of academe. Of course, we’re supposed to be suspicious of any one or group labeled as conservative in liberal Schmidt’s piece, and he’s sure to let you know. On the other hand he doesn’t label anyone or any group as “liberal”. Apparently, we are supposed to think conservative grievances about liberal abuse or bias are entirely unreasonable and even fictional, or downright dishonest. Seriously, read liberal Schmidt’s article and count the number of times he uses the “conservative” or “right-leaning” labels.
It’s almost as if Schmidt hasn’t actually stepped foot on an American college campus in decades.
Are the numerous false rape scandals from college campuses not worthy of news coverage? Or the gross violation of student due process rights? Or the countless examples of free speech limitations? Surely no one at the Chronicle of Higher Education is denying the existence of free speech zones which, ironically, are self contradictory, and are common place examples of liberal bias in higher education.
Perhaps a recap of a few incidents of liberal bias would help:
Over at Politico you find a piece entitled PC Liberals Devour Their Own where Rich Lowry details an instance in which even liberal professors are becoming fearful of their liberal students, in what may be the inevitable result of political correctness in progressive hands.
Look, I understand not wanting one’s dirty laundry aired in public. That’s totally reasonable. (And with political correctness becoming more militant there is ample dirty laundry to by aired.) But the conservative grievances about liberal bias and abuse are not imaginary and they extend far beyond merely a few individuals who “feel” they were wronged. Even before the innumerable incidents of oppression and abuse (merely a tiny sampling of which is included above) we should take seriously the question of limiting free speech to free speech zones and social engineering on campus. What sort of environment are we inviting when limiting free speech (a constitutionally protected right) to tiny zones on college campuses or when students are taught to be politically active as part of their college experience? Note, I didn’t ask what sort of environment we are “asking for”. The intent behind limiting a constitutional right or encouraging political activism in this way may or may not be noble (I don’t read minds) but the results of these efforts are not what any reasonable person with constitutional rights should consider good.
Maybe Schmidt actually has visited college campuses recently, and perhaps he actually has read articles and researched the issues addressed by Campus Reform and The College Fix. It’s entirely possible he tried to keep himself apprised of these issues and still missed the point. After all, why should we expect a liberal to notice liberal bias? Schmidt’s article is rather ironic in that he dryly vents his contempt for conservatives while mocking their grievances about left wing bias. Apparently hate is in the eye of the beholder.
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