Monday, September 22, 2008

Right Wing Smear, College Edition

I’ve said for years that the right wing will attack university level education because it is the ultimate in information control. If they can control what colleges and universities teach, then they can churn out armies of misinformed conservative robots. That is, after all, how the conservative movement took over the American church: by first taking control of the seminaries.

So whenever I hear that Michelle Malkin, Jonah Goldberg or Bill O’Reilly are talking about the latest outrage coming out of liberal academia, my bullshit meter is primed and ready to go.

For example, take this scenario:
Instructor (not “Professor,” as many accounts have it) Andrew Hallam allegedly assigned students in one his Metro State freshman writing classes to write an essay critical of GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. He reportedly later broadened the assignment so that students could write about any candidate.

One student said the instructor singled out Republican students in the class and allowed others to ridicule them.
"I was shocked. I was 'Holy cow, this is just an open door for him to discuss politics with us,' " said Jana Barber, a student in the class.

Oh, my. A college professor imposing his views on his classroom! This would be terrible except it seems the only person willing to even talk about it is, well, said “one student” Jana Barber.

And, what a coincidence!

Jana Barber is the sister of Matt Barber, director of cultural affairs for the conservative Liberty Counsel legal organization. Until June, Matt Barber held a similar title with Concerned Women for America, another conservative Christian organization.

Yes, my bullshit meter is in overdrive on this one.

Have no fear, WorldNet Daily and Bill O’Reilly are already on the case. Jana Barber is scheduled to appear on the O’Reilly Factor to flog this latest outrage to a gullible public. I’m sure Goldberg and Malkin won’t be far behind.

Who was it that said Sarah Palin represented a continuation of the culture wars? Oh right! Me!