This week the Watcher’s Council has determined that Glittering Eye had the best overall entry in the bevy of excellent Council penned articles as G devoured the New York Times spin on Obamacare. On the non-council side it was a submission by yours truly in an entry I found over at the Christian Science Monitor by a journalism student that suffered the scourge of his liberal peers and professors for daring to suggest in the student newspaper that schools suffer as a result of the lack of political diversity present in school faculties.
What we see here is cause and effect in real time. The overwhelming number of liberal professors in the U.S. educational system has had the detrimental effect of creating graduates that are less well rounded, more close minded and generally much more misinformed due to the lack of intellectual back and forth that would be the result of a more diverse set of minds.
These products of the lopsided educational eventually end up in the workforce.
With respect to journalism this fosters the environment we live in today where the media no longer acts as a check against corruption in politics when the corruption involves their party of choice; so much so that they appear to be an extension of the government media complex. State run media at everyone’s service (with the exception of the people that they are supposed to serve and inform)!
Glittering takes on the fallacies surrounding the health care debate; doing the job that most of the partisan hacks in the media simply refuse to do.
It occurred to me how many out and out errors, fallacies there are in the discussion.
For example, why do so many people not understand that the number of uninsured that’s bandied about includes both illegal immigrants and those who are able to afford insurance but elect not to have it, presumably because they’re young and healthy? The number comes from the Census Bureau and if you’ve got the inclination you can search through my recent posts for the link. The Census Bureau does not identify legal status but the number of foreign born who don’t have insurance is quite large. You do the math. It’s the reason I don’t believe that healthcare reform can be disaggregated from immigration reform. It is not intellectually honest to cite the figure of 46 million uninsured and then claim that you don’t plan to insure illegal immigrants.
Read the whole post. There is so much misinformation bouncing around you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t make it your duty to become more informed. Only then will you see these charlatans for what they are.
The journalistic hackery in support of Obamacare couldn’t happen if our schools were producing graduates that understood that journalism is supposed to exist to inform in an independent manner. In fact the industry was built upon an implied duty that it would act as a check in favor of the public interest; especially concerning topics of a political and governing nature. Sadly the deck has become so stacked that these people probably don’t even realize how silly and unprofessional they look. They are too busy patting each other on the back with the collective atta boy mentality toward Democrats and President Obama.
“Nearly all my professors are Democrats. Isn’t that a problem?” is an essay by journalism student Dan Lawton that pointed out the problem with this sort of institutionalized lack of diversity. As a result of publishing such blasphemous thoughts in a student newspaper Lawton was verbally attacked by those that are supposed to be teaching open minds and thoughtful discourse.
The verbal attacks by his professors, other faculty members and fellow students prove Lawton’s point in a prophetic manner.
No surprise here.
In my column, published in the campus newspaper The Oregon Daily Emerald June 1, I suggested that such a disparity hurt UO. I argued that the lifeblood of higher education was subjecting students to diverse viewpoints and the university needed to work on attracting more conservative professors.
I also suggested that students working on right-leaning ideas may have difficulty finding faculty mentors. I couldn’t imagine, for instance, that journalism that supported the Iraq war or gun rights would be met with much enthusiasm.
What I didn’t realize is that journalism that examined the dominance of liberal ideas on campus would be addressed with hostility.
A professor who confronted me declared that he was “personally offended” by my column. He railed that his political viewpoints never affected his teaching and suggested that if I wanted a faculty with Republicans I should have attended a university in the South. “If you like conservatism you can certainly attend the University of Texas and you can walk past the statue of Jefferson Davis everyday on your way to class,” he wrote in an e-mail.
I was shocked by such a comment, which seemed an attempt to link Republicans with racist orthodoxy. When I wrote back expressing my offense, he neither apologized nor clarified his remarks.
Instead, he reiterated them on the record. Was such a brazen expression of partisanship representative of the faculty as a whole? I decided to speak with him in person in the hope of finding common ground.
He was eager to chat, and after five minutes our dialogue bloomed into a lively discussion. As we hammered away at the issue, one of his colleagues with whom he shared an office grew visibly agitated. Then, while I was in mid-sentence, she exploded.
“You think you’re so [expletive] cute with your little column,” she told me. “I read your piece and all you want is attention. You’re just like Bill O’Reilly. You just want to get up on your [expletive] soapbox and have people look at you.”
From the disgust with which she attacked me, you would have thought I had advocated Nazism. She quickly grew so emotional that she had to leave the room. But before she departed, she stood over me and screamed.
“You understand that my column was basically a prophesy,” I shot back. I had suggested right-leaning ideas weren’t welcome on campus and in response the faculty had tied my viewpoints to racism and addressed me with profanity-laced insults.
What’s so remarkable is that I hadn’t actually advocated Republican ideas or conservative ideas. In fact, I’m not a conservative, nor a Republican. I simply believe in the concept of diversity – a primarily liberal idea – and think that we suffer when we don’t include ideas we find unappealing.
And people wonder why our government is so out of control. From the classroom to the newsroom we have built a culture of lazy, self serving ideologues that care little that the shortcomings bestowed upon them by their partisan teachers is being passed down to America’s next generation by proxy. The ramifications are dire.
Congratulations to all of this week’s winners!
Winning Council Submissions
- First place with 2 2/3 points! – The Glittering Eye – Fallacies in Healthcare Reform (Updated)
- Second place with 2 1/3 points – (T*) – Bookworm Room – Sterilizing our way to paradise
- Second place with 2 1/3 points – (T*) – Soccer Dad – A masterful assuaging
- Third place with 1 point – Joshuapundit – Using The “J” Word
- Fourth place with 1/3 point – The Colossus of Rhodey – Still more on Honduras
Winning Non-Council Submissions
- First place with 2 points! – Christian Science Monitor – Nearly all my professors are Democrats. Isn’t that a problem?
- Second place with 1 2/3 points – (T*) – David Kahane / NRO – I Still Hate You, Sarah Palin
- Second place with 1 2/3 points – (T*) – Rubin Reports – Al-Jazira’s Cartoons: A Glimpse at Real Mainstream Arab Thinking
- Third place with 1 1/3 point – Zombietime – John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar, says: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet
- Fourth place with 1 point – Rebirth of Reason – Dinner at the White House — a parable
- Fifth place with 2/3 point – Big Lizards – Who’s an Embryo? St. Francis of Genomia at the NIH
- Sixth place with 1/3 point – (T*) – The Chronicle Review – Islamic Civilization in Peril
- Sixth place with 1/3 point – (T*) – Politics Daily – Sarah “Barracuda” Palin and the Pirahnnas of the Press