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.
These college protesters are demanding the media who cover them support their cause. Really. https://t.co/x2OMU7UhJ3
— Brit Hume (@brithume) November 19, 2015
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.
Dear college kids. Please stop this crap. Just … stop. https://t.co/kIDo6hoFsE
— Gene Weingarten (@geneweingarten) November 19, 2015
@brithume Isn't that how Obama got elected?
— ن Mikey Ramone ن (@ThePantau) November 19, 2015
@brithume Upon graduation, I hope they are able to get my order right at the drive-through.
— Daniel (@ddwalk34) November 19, 2015
— Chloecat (@Chloecat317) November 20, 2015
@brithume It would be amusing if it were not so gut churning despicable.
— Pie Guevara (@PieGuevara) November 19, 2015
@brithume I'm so old I remember when student protestors were in FAVOR of the First Amendment.
— Patrick (@jd2319) November 19, 2015
And we remember when students at Amherst College demanded that the school administration not tolerate “All Lives Matter” and — get this — “Free Speech” posters.
@brithume The new brain trust.
— Sheryl (@sav01) November 19, 2015
Outside of the hard sciences, education has been replaced by left-wing indoctrination. As seen in test scores and behavior.
— Dave McAlpine (@davidcmcalpine) November 20, 2015
"In virtue, one gains knowledge."@smithcollege never claimed useful or reasonable knowledge.
— Gregg Hart (@RGreggHart) November 19, 2015
— Powerwave20 (@Powerwave20) November 19, 2015
@brithume best thing media cud do is leave them alone. Then the temper tantrum will wane and go away. Just want attention.
— TJ (@mgthawk) November 19, 2015
@brithume its hard to believe how downright ignorant these kids are.
— Stretford Ender (@OTR_IV) November 19, 2015
@brithume WHY do the administrations put UP with it??? I guess adults not disciplining kids is what got us into this
— Emilia (@UzimaPool) November 19, 2015
— Gary R (@GaryDolphins) November 19, 2015
@brithume The last generation were hippies who grew up to be liberals. God only knows what these fascists will turn into
— Marcus Lenormand (@optimate_prime) November 20, 2015
— Mark E (@wreave) November 20, 2015
— Hans Gruber (@hansgruberdies) November 20, 2015
— Tom Tom (@supercleanone) November 19, 2015