‘Il­lib­eral lib­er­als’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“When the edi­tors of the Car­roll­ton Record, a stu­dent-run con­ser­va­tive news­pa­per at Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity, pub­lished a story about how tu­ition dol­lars had paid for pornog­ra­phy, they­were hop­ing for a con­tro­versy that would spark an in­crease in read­er­ship. OnMay 17, the day af­ter they dis­trib­uted the is­sue, all of the copies in the dor­mi­to­ries had in fact been picked up — but not be­cause fel­low stu­dents had taken them; they had, in­stead, been seized by the univer­sity ad­min­is­tra­tion. [. . .]

“Con­ser­va­tive stu­dent jour­nal­ists are all too familiar with hav­ing their work stolen, and some­times de­stroyed, by il­lib­eral lib­er­als. What makes this case dif­fer­ent, how­ever, is that it di­rectly in­volves ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials. It wasn’t a bunch of hip­pie wannabes wear­ing Che T-shirts pre­vent­ing dis­tri­bu­tion of the is­sue — it was pro­fes­sional ed­u­ca­tion bu­reau­crats. [. . .]

“The story crit­i­cized the univer­sity for al­lo­cat­ing tu­ition dol­lars to the Di­verse Sex­u­al­ity and Gen­der Al­liance (DSAGA), which hosted trans­gen­dered porn di­rec­tor Chi Chi LaRue as a cam­pus speaker this past spring. LaRue de­liv­ered a provoca­tive speech and dis­trib­uted free porno­graphic DVDs.”

John McCor­mack, writ­ing on “ ‘Dirty, Gor­geous’ Full-Throated Un­fair­ness,” Aug. 10 in Na­tional Re­view On­line at www.na­tion­al­re­view.com

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