The New York Times took its shot at Sen. Marco Rubio early on, dropping the bombshell last summer that Rubio (and his wife) had racked up 17 traffic citations dating back to 1997. That alone wasn’t enough to ensure Rubio’s presidential bid was derailed, so it was time to go nuclear by revealing the high-rolling Rubio’s “luxury speedboat” and extravagant Ford F-150 “sports utility vehicle.”

The public laughed off both of those attempts at character assassination, but today NBC News has taken aim at Rubio’s tenure as a visiting professor at Florida International University.

NBC News reports:

Documents and records obtained by NBC News suggest that as a visiting professor at Florida International University, he worked less than 10 hours a week and missed three-in-10 classes during his first semester of teaching — all while making more than most part-time visiting professors.

Income inequality at a university? NBC News found much of this shocking material in a 2012 deposition that was part of an ethics investigation that was ultimately dismissed, as well as a review of pay stubs. It also likely lifted most of the story from the Tampa Bay Times.

As an interesting aside, President Barack Obama taught constitutional law as a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. We’ll bet he was awesome.

  • HiltonHead_Dude

    As opposed to all the other college professors working 40 hour weeks. My professors worked 12 hours a week, wrote a book or two I was forced to buy in order to pass the course, and spent much class time bashing republicans.

    Simply pathetic.

    • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

      I didn’t want to upvote you, because that’s terrible what you were forced to endure. And reason #1 I hope my son attends either a community college or trade school.

      • James D

        Charging $80 hr+ to fix rich morons toys isn’t so bad. I’ve read enough of your posts to conclude your son will do fine.

        • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

          Thanks. He’s such a great kid, I thank God every day for the privilege of being his mom.

          • Lizzyp

            I have one of those- it’s hard not to gloat, but dang he’s awesome. Congratulations!

      • JosephBloughs ✓Viagrafied

        The Regrettable Decline of Higher Learning:

        Students now leave campus largely prepped by their professors to embrace a predictable menu: the glories of larger government, income redistribution, greater entitlements, radical environmentalism, abortion, multiculturalism, suspicion of traditional religion, and antipathy to the international role of the United States in the past and present. Unfortunately, this costly indoctrination comes at the expense of what is increasingly less taught: traditional mastery of foreign languages, great works of literature, philosophy, history, mastery of grammar and composition, and the Socratic method.
        http://www.nationalreview.com/article/430739/college-campus-safe-spaces-speech-codes-decline

        • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

          It’s difficult not to take an apocalyptic view of the future after reading stuff like that.

          • JosephBloughs ✓Viagrafied

            When everything goes in the crapper, people will be stunned and looking for leadership to take them from this place. Tough thing teaching people that when their whole worldview is beyond absurd, and they’re incapable of critical thinking. Yeah, it’s difficult to be optimistic as well.

      • AMD_Afficionado

        Hopefully he won’t have to attend trade school (ie: Rubio’s economic plan is never enacted). I’m not against trade school, just Rubio’s idea that it should become as compulsory tomorrow as college has become today 🙁

        I’m not sure that the community colleges are much better these days in terms of indoctrination but they’re certainly cheaper.

        • http://www.almarquardt.com/ almarquardt

          It depends on the school — usually its geographic location, as well as the major.

          For instance, a student attending Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado which has the top gunsmithing program in the US — and is located in a smaller town — will find their courses to be less indoctrinational and more actual learning.

          A student studying for a liberal arts degree in an inner city Chicago community college will have a different culture altogether to contend with.

  • TooFarGone1 ✓NeverTrump

    Is NBC even “news” anymore? Isn’t it part of the “Ready for Hillary” superpac?

  • Tessa from Texas

    Well, let’s compare that with our “Constitutional scholar” who was a part-time instructor in Chicago. Now where did I put that info about his classes, his salary, his attendance, etc. Oh, wait…

    • ricoliv

      Surely that never-ending line of his former students might be of some assistance … Oh … Really? OK, scratch that idea.

      • Tessa from Texas

        Has anyone ever come forward to say they were in one of his classes?

  • bil_g

    Damn…it’s only Thursday?! This is Friday dump level stupid today.

  • MoxieLouise1

    Apparently, they’ve learned how to vet since Obama ran for office.

  • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

    Oh for an age of honest advanced academics like Obama and Biden. What were their combined college GPAs again?

    • Tessa from Texas

      Now I am sure that they released all the information but somehow I cannot seem to find it on the ‘net.

      • Jeff Henderson ✓Bona Fide

        Biden’s is easy to find. It is identical to the guy that sat next to him.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    We need to find out if he’s ever been within 10 miles of an object that had the N-word written on it. The future of the world depends on it.

    • tops116 ✓Quipper

      Not just the N-word; any N-word. Hell, any word beginning with any letter. They’ll find a way to make it racist.

      “And so, Rubio once lived across the street from Neal’s Shoe Store, which was a block away from an IHOP. That was where some newspapers were–newspapers that once carried ‘The Far Side’, which was created by one Gary Larson. And do you know what was once advertised in a different newspaper we found? Gator World. I’m tellin’ ya, Rachel, we’re only a couple letters from proving what a racist Rubio is.”

      • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

        That sounds like Cartman’s attempt to blame 9/11 on Kyle.

        …And yet I can totally see the Left engaging in exactly that kind of logic.

      • Tessa from Texas

        LOL! Very clever and funny but also sadly not too far from the truth of the lamestream media’s reports on Republicans.

    • Comrade Hadenov

      He has a smart phone, which has access to the internet, which has online
      dictionaries which contain the word “niggardly.” So he always has
      racist code words with him. Owww..my brain hurts thinking like a faux
      journalist

      • Tessa from Texas

        This post brings to mind the teacher in New York (I think it was NY) who got in trouble for using the word “negro” in her Spanish class. I am sure most of you know that this is simply the Spanish word for the color “black.” Political correctness is speeding up the decline and fall of civilization.

  • http://www.chuckscommonsense.com Chuck Vipperman

    They have long since eclipsed the total amount of investigative journalism they did on the Democratic nominee in 2008. Perhaps they’re better staffed now at NBC?

  • jg collins

    It’s only fair. NBC News did a thorough expose of Obama’s time at Harvard and Columbia, revealing all his… Wait. Never mind.

    • Tessa from Texas

      I must have missed that one–doggoneit! Wonder when they might show it again.
      no sarc notice needed

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    What’s wrong with Florida International University? How could they let a notorious criminal like Rubio on the grounds? Why, he was once in a park after hours!

    • Comrade Hadenov

      But he was in his union built SUV at the park. Does he get half credit?

      • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

        Canadian Union or Mexican Union?

    • ricoliv

      Just goes to show how low their standards have fallen. Off with their federal funding!

  • Linda

    Anything on College Transcripts??

  • ricoliv

    However huge a sinecure Senator Rubio enjoyed at Florida International (and given that venue, how huge could it have been?) I am certain it does not come close to the $200,000 another candidate receive(s)(d) for her thirty-minute speeches at more prestigious universities (and that appears to be a discounted rate, since it was reputed to take $300,000. to coax her out of bed to deliver an equally “lengthy” speech).

    And let’s not even sniff among those $675,000 fees she gouged out of Goldman Sachs– right, NBC “News”? Why not assign Andrea Mitchell, your ancient reporter, to do a thorough and unbiased series of programs on Hillary’s financial “peculiarities”? I suspect that neither she nor your network would be up to that task.

  • Comrade Hadenov

    And in another thread…NBC employee offers free advice to H! Must be nice to not be tinged with any bias whatsoever.

    • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

      Not even a smidgen of corruption.

  • Mary Mommy Happy 2017!

    Did NBC, CBS and ABC ever found those college courses that Obama supposedly lecture at .s a constitutional law professor at University of Chicago Law School?

  • KHSoldier(Ret)&Writer

    Where was all the journalistic integrity (ha ha ha) when Senator Warren taught at Harvard for an outrageous sum…

    http://www.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/01/elizabeth_warren_got_nearly_43.html

  • Lizzyp

    I don’t remember any articles detailing Professor Obama’s attendance record when he was teaching… In fact, the only articles I remember gave him a promotion to full professor.

  • Orpheus75

    If only you had worked this hard on Obama. I know, never happen.

  • davecross ✔sedated

    Exactly the same kind of stint that Obama had, but they referred to him as a “Constitutional scholar”.

    • UsedtobeaDemocrat

      Yeah. Lol! Scholar my arse.

  • genes ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    “This NBC News looks verbatim like this Tampa Bay Times one from November”
    Will they rename it NBCC. Nothing But Carbon Copies?

  • Acuda4me ✓Please!

    “Heeeey! Looking into attendance records is getting personal!” – Elizabeth Warren, probably

  • UsedtobeaDemocrat

    So one leading candidate cares not a whit about national security, exposes CIA assets, sells favors for money, gets people killed, lies through her teeth about every single thing and she’s good to go as president. This other guy, man, he demonstrated a lax approach to a visiting professorship. No way is he fit to be president!

  • JosephBloughs ✓Viagrafied

    NBC Breaking News: Rubio once accepted an apple from student in an attempt to unduly influence grades.

  • The_Kat ✓vilified

    It would be nice if NBC would check into Obama’s Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School transcripts. Oh and I’d be interested to know what constitutional law he lectured on at the University of Chicago Law School because it apparently wasn’t the US Constitution.

  • http://www.google.com Just Another Guy ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Too bad they didn’t consider investigating Obama’s background back in 2007

  • Owl

    LOL… Part time lecturer at FIU is a “cushy job” according to the Tampa Bay Times, but they see nothing wrong with Hillary getting $500K for 1/2 hours speeches… Spare me…

  • setnaffa

    NBC likes Obama and that’s enough to earn my contempt.

  • aztectrumpet

    “though he could only recount the reason for his absences for four of 28 classes.”

    misleading because he would have only missed 8 or 9 classes. Seems like a nothingburger to me when he was a co-teacher and still did prep for the class.

  • © Sponge

    Holy crap, NBC. Spend 5 MINUTES looking at Hillary. 5 MINUTES. That’s it.

    The first amendment doesn’t cover you, it covers JOURNALISTS.

  • Jewish Voice

    Most law school adjunct professors worked less than 4 hours a week. In fact, most full law professors work less than 7 hours a week teaching, and many miss class. NBC- Nincompoops, Boors, and Cretins.