We all know by now how well things went for the University of Missouri mass media professor who went in search of “muscle” to help her cleanse the student protesters’ “media-free safe space” of an infringing student reporter and his camera. Ironically, just days before, she had turned to Facebook in search of help getting the students’ story into the national media.

Not knowing exactly how the mainstream media is going to cover your story has long been a problem for protesters, so some college students have come up with a solution: ensure that coverage of your cause will be supportive before allowing the press access.

The Washington Post reports today that students and faculty at Smith College turned away journalists from their sit-in Wednesday to protest racial discrimination unless those journalists first “pledged allegiance to the cause.”

MassLive.com, which had sent a reporter to cover the sit-in, was shocked to find out the conditions of admittance:

Alyssa Mata-Flores, a 21-year-old Smith College senior and one of the sit-in’s organizers, explained that the rule was born from “the way that media has historically painted radical black movements as violent and aggressive.”

“We are asking that any journalists or press that cover our story participate and articulate their solidarity with black students and students of color,” she told MassLive in the Student Center Wednesday. “By taking a neutral stance, journalists and media are being complacent in our fight.”

That “neutral stance” — more of a liberal bent that is practically guaranteed by employment at a mainstream news outlet — has turned to ridicule.


And we remember when students at Amherst College demanded that the school administration not tolerate “All Lives Matter” and — get this — “Free Speech” posters.