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President Barack Obama wants Americans to dig deeper into our pockets to expand college education. Let's update college indoctrination done in the name of education.

Cornell University assistant professor Russell Rickford, in a lecture titled "Ferguson: The Next Steps," told a packed auditorium: "Let's be very clear about what's going on. It's one every 28 hours. Dead black bodies in the street is a sacrifice America makes to the gods of white supremacy." He added: "The propertied classes leverage state violence to discipline, repress and contain them. America fears and despises all poor people."

Blake Armstrong, a South Texas College psychology professor, equating the tea party to Nazis, told his class: "In 1931, which was really interesting, the Nazis — people are kind of tired of them. They've been around since 1920, 11 years now. They've won seats. They're like the tea party! That's such a good example." Armstrong continued, "Don't tell anybody I said that, though."

William Claggett, a professor at Florida State University, told his class, "I don't read The Wall Street Journal — again, a rag of lies — unless I'm interested in who's the CEO of some particular company." As for news, he said, "So you know, when I'm at home clicking through the stations, oh, here comes Fox News, the Fox News Channel. Oh, I don't stop there. I know they're simply lying, and I keep on going."

Students learn from their professors. The University of California Student Association recently voted to divest financially of the United States government and companies that do business with Israel. Both resolutions passed overwhelmingly. Reasons given for divestiture included U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, as well as disproportionate imprisonment of racial minorities. It's early yet, but I'm wondering whether university trustees will instruct their fund managers to replace their U.S. equity holdings with those from the Middle East or Africa.

The University of Michigan spent $16,000 to launch a new "Inclusive Language Campaign" so as to not say hurtful things.

Terms deemed unacceptable include crazy, insane, retarded, gay, tranny, gypped, illegal alien, fag, ghetto and raghead. Also banned are sentences such as "I want to die" and "That test raped me" because they diminish the experience of people who've attempted suicide or experienced sexual assault.

One wonders what advice University of Michigan students would give their brethren attending the University of Wisconsin. When College Republicans urged fellow students to keep an open mind about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's planned cuts to the university's budget, the College Republicans received responses such as, "You must have a big hairy pair of brass balls and a marginally functional brain to be recruiting for Republicans on the UW campus right now." "F—- Scott Walker." "Listen you c—-s, Don't email me this political bull——."

Last month, Megan Andelloux, aka "The Sex Ed Warrior Queen," encouraged Vanderbilt University students to put their cellphones on vibrate so as to masturbate in their seats as she spoke during an interactive sex workshop. (http://www.thecollegefix.com/post/21124). I'm wondering whether Vanderbilt University recruiters inform parents of high-school seniors about such a "learning opportunity."

Then there's Bryn Mawr College, founded in 1885, a private women's liberal arts college located in Philadelphia's wealthy Main Line suburbs. This year, Bryn Mawr will accept men, but it will remain a women's college. You might say, "Williams, that's impossible!" You'd be wrong. Bryn Mawr College will accept applications from men who identify as women. It will challenge what's become known as gender binarism as it transitions from a single-sex to a "single-gendered" college. Classification of sex into two distinct, opposite and disconnected forms of masculine and feminine is oppressive. I wonder whether Bryn Mawr biology professors will continue to teach the chromosomal distinction that males are 46,XY and females 46,XX. Could there be something in between?

There's another issue: What will Bryn Mawr's administrators do when brawny XY people dominate their sports teams? Maybe they will set quotas for XY and XX people.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University. To find out more about Walter E. Williams and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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As for news, he said, "So you know, when I'm at home clicking through the stations, oh, here comes Fox News, the Fox News Channel. Oh, I don't stop there. I know they're simply lying, and I keep on going."
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When I have watched Fox News, I have frequently found that the presenter is either weirdly divorced from reality or simply lying by omission (and more than occasionally, by commission.) The students would be well served to be advised of the truth about FOX; that they are, to a significant degree, the media wing of the GOP, and, not infrequently, the TEA party. (The problem of bias is by no means limited to FOX, but they take it to a whole new level not seen in most other sources.) They should be taught that it is useful, occasionally, for an educated person to visit such sources, if only to stay abreast of the latest trends in right-wing propaganda. They should also be taught that the very best of news sources are by no means always free of bias. And that, as you have just shared with us, their professors are not always agenda-free themselves. And that it is easier to be blind to the presence of bias if you happen to agree with it.
Comment: #1
Posted by: Mark
Mon Mar 2, 2015 11:40 PM
I have recently seen the same errors of omission from CNN (they show it in my company's lunch room). By observing the Ferguson riots on FNC and CNN, I noticed that the sanitized version was shown on CNN. By watching FOX and CNN, I notice only one side of an argument is broached on CNN - the news reader plays neutral, and the guest presents a left view. On FNC - you will see both right-wing and left-wing guests - sometimes together, and sometimes separately. It is far more informative than CNN (there is no doubt to the left's point of view), and probably that is why FNC left CNN in the dust a long time ago in the ratings.
Oh yes - MSNBC... That is where you get an in-your-face leftist moderator who interviews 2-3 "progressive" guests. Shockingly they all agree on their leftist viewpoint. They are slightly more honest than CNN, since they do not pretend to be neutral, but it also looks like mental masturb____n circle.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Mike68
Tue Mar 3, 2015 10:01 AM
Mike68,
I would like to write a passionate defense of the journalistic standards of CNN and MSNBC but there is generally not much to defend in the case of those two. (I think Rachel Maddow is a lefty exception, but others may disagree.) I almost never watch anything on either CNN or MSNBC for that reason.
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NPR and PBS are consistently much more accurate and informative news sources than the other three, and that is by intent. Fox clearly does not intend for you to be well informed. (In that they are successful. A 2012 study reported in the Business Insider found that FOX News viewers were LESS informed that people who watch NO NEWS programs. CNN and MSNBC viewers were only slightly more informed than the no-new folks. Best informed were those who watched Sunday Interview shows and listened to NPR. The trend held for both domestic and international current events.) That isn't the point of FOX. The GOP agenda is their goal. Their News readers will frequently, for example, incorporate GOP talking points into their News terminology. CNN and MSNBC also have similar problems.
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I agree with you about the Ferguson riot coverage. When they announced the grand jury verdict and people were immediately yelling to the news reporters that the Grand Jury reached the wrong conclusion, I wanted to hear just one reporter ask "Wow. They have just released hundreds of pages of testimony to the grand jury, the information the jury used to reach their conclusion, and you have carefully read it already? You must have an incredible reading speed, because no responsible person would say Jury got it wrong without actually reviewing the full body of evidence, would they?"
Comment: #3
Posted by: Mark
Tue Mar 3, 2015 10:13 PM
Since I believe the best will rise to the top within capitalism, I think ratings reveal which news network is the least bias and better reporting. Ratings lead to the conclusion that Fox News beats them all. The majority of news watchers aren't idiots and they know where to go to get the best of the news. Even some of my liberal relatives admit they go to Fox for the truth of getting the least biased reporting. After the Brian Williams debacle, the MSM stations have lost all credibility. I have listened to Rachel Maddow but she omits parts of a story that doesn't agree with her liberal agenda. As it has been said, if it wasn't for the doctor offices and emergency room TVs being tuned into CNN, they wouldn't have any ratings at all.
Comment: #4
Posted by: Mandy
Wed Mar 4, 2015 10:07 AM
Re: Mandy;... You believe- because you do not know -that the best will rise to the top within capitalism. Ma'am; I cannot find a nice way to call you ignorant. Do you believe the world is flat or that the sun actually rises and moves around the earth? Beliefs are everywhere a measure of ignorance, and you can talk because people are callous enough to let you reveal your want of knowledge; but your beliefs are without merit of any sort. You have no idea how many good people capitalism has crushed, and I have seen the carnage, and seen people killed for profit. Tell me they were not good people.

I have risked my life for bosses who dared to tell me how much of the money I worked so hard for them to have- that they wasted in a casino. Does the gamble of my life equal the gamble of the profit made with my wager? Was I some race horse who ran his heart out for an owner who could not loose because I would not fail him? If I had died, and he had survived; how would your belief about his goodness count for spit in the wind? Money is the meaning of goodness and virtue to you. The best have the money, and the poor are funny. What if money does not equal virtue, but instead is certain proof of moral turpitude?

Keep your beliefs you foolish woman. We are playing a rigged game and it is not the better or fittest who win that game, but those who fixed it.
Comment: #5
Posted by: James A, Sweeney
Wed Mar 4, 2015 10:50 PM
Mandy,
If you posit that the ultimate determinant of value in broadcast news is maximum profit, then it is hard to argue with your conclusion that viewership is the ultimate measure. It is the same logic that inspires the British tabloid, The Sun, to put a photo of a bare-breasted woman on page 3 every week.
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It is clear that the good professor has higher expectations for broadcast journalism than you do. I like that in a professor. He thinks that his students should avoid networks that tell lies and he apparently finds FOX consistently guilty. You could argue that his conclusion is wrong, but given that FOX viewers know less about both domestic and foreign current events than people who report that they watch no news programs at all, he seems to be on to something.
Comment: #6
Posted by: Mark
Thu Mar 5, 2015 9:49 PM
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