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Leftwing media day!

Today’s a great day, everyone!  No, it’s not because David Horowitz is comin’ to town and you’d better be good for goodness’ sake.  It’s Jamie’s Special Olympics track-and-field day!  Surely you remember last year’s debut, in which Jamie ran his first-ever 50m in 14.82 seconds.

We’re looking to shave at least a second off that time this year.  I’m bringing the digital camera and will be sure to let you know!

Now, as for matters Horowitzian.  Yes, it will be a day full of cognitive dissonance, but that’s just fine with me.  We’re Cognitive Dissonance Central around here.  At 5:15 today, the good folks at Radio Free Penn State are having me back, this time for a 45-minute conversation with Professor of Education David Warren Saxe.  Then at 6:30 this evening, I’m taking part in a Celebration of Horowitz on the steps of the Penn State library.  It should be fun!  My float is almost done.  Thanks to everyone who stopped by and helped with the carnations!

As for the Great Man Himself: in honor of his visit to my fair campus, I am not going to say anything to discredit him on this blog today.  Instead, I will let David do the job himself.

For you might imagine that David Horowitz would be feeling pretty good about things.  His book is national news, available in thousands upon thousands of bookstores from coast to coast, even in airports.  He has just concluded a rollicking conference in which he picked up the support of people like Lamar Alexander and new House Majority Leader John Boehner.  He’s been on Hannity & Colmes at least half a dozen times in recent weeks, as well as the Tucker Carlson and Joe Scarborough shows.  He’s testified to Pennsylvania’s subcommittee on academic freedom and written about the experience in the Los Angeles Times.  Is he pleased with all the attention?  Is he happy about how conservative media have been the wind beneath his wings?

Um, no.

Here’s his blog post from this Sunday, April 9:

Getting my message out is harder than you think. The media work off the talking points of the teacher unions. And so far I am getting virtually no help at all from the conservative press (Human Events and the Washington Times excepted) or from conservative websites.

The poor dear!  Walking around the country with nothing but a hand-lettered sandwich board, David Horowitz is getting virtually no help at all in getting his message out.

For who can underestimate the power of the teachers’ unions to dictate their agenda to the mass media?  Remember when American Federation of Teachers president Edward J. McElroy advised the Bush Administration that the United States would be “greeted as liberators” if we invaded Iraq, and the Washington Post, ever the AFT lapdog, promptly fell in line behind the invasion?  And who can forget the machinations of the National Education Association, whose press liaisons worked together with Judith Miller of the New York Times to spread the news that Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA agent and that Iraq was only minutes away from deploying weapons of mass destruction? 

It’s true, David Horowitz appeared on Fox News.  But even there, he was hounded and persecuted:

Those who saw the Hannity & Colmes segment may have noted that Colmes accused me of promoting legislation in Ohio that would give the state power over education and restrict professors’ speech. This is standard fare for the leftwing media (and for libertarian media like Reason and the Wall Stret Journal).

Well, it’s true, Horowitz has no Stret Creed with the Wall Stret Journal.  Unhinged as the WSJ can be when it comes to Clintonistan, they tend to let the Michael Savage / David Horowitz wing of the party operate on a different frequency.  And as for Fox News, what can you expect from leftwing media?  They have that powerful Alan Colmes, who dares to suggest that David Horowitz’s Academic Bill of Rights was sponsored in Ohio by state senator Larry Mumper, who famously said that universities should stay out of “religion and politics.” Suggesting that the Ohio bill have restricted professors’ speech is just standard fare for the loony left.  And, as Horowitz notes,

It is also false. I have no legislation in Ohio that would do any such thing. I had legislation in the form of a resolution which would not have restricted professor’’s speech or introduced any statutory requirements. But the legislators who sponsored the resolution agreed to withdraw it (with my blessing) when Ohio’s universities agreed to institute academic freedom reforms that will protect students from political discrimination and encourage intellectual diversity.

Despite these facts which are irrefutable the campaign of lies against my efforts continues; leftwing operatives feed journalists and talk show anchors like Alan with these lies and they repeat them. This campaign is complimented by a ferocious campaign of slander to portray me as a liar and my facts as unreliable. (See dangerousprofessors.com for some of these attacks.) This pincer movement couldn’t be more diabolical or unprincipled.  And is aided by the silence of the conservative media which—with the exceptions mentioned above—has yet to come to my defense.

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Hmmm.  Narcissistic personality disorder much?  Why, he doesn’t even thank Pat Robertson for all his help in rooting out leftist campus killers. You know, maybe conservative media should think twice about promoting this guy.  He sounds kinda whining and ungrateful, don’t you think?  And kinda pathetic, even.

THUGGERY UPDATE, April 14:  Ralph Luker, ordinarily a wonderful blogger, agrees that I am “thug-like” when I criticize his hero, KC Johnson.  You know KC—he’s the fellow who wrote on Campus Watch, “the Chronicle of Higher Education published an essay by Penn State English professor Michael Bérubé advising professors to treat conservative students as they would students with learning disabilities or who exhibited aberrant behavior.” That was over a year ago. When KC has the intellectual honesty or the common human decency to retract or apologize for that remark, we’ll consider him something other than a Horowitz protégé.  (Actually, Horowitz has done some serious hatchet work on my essays, as you know.  But even he’s never gone quite that far.)

Posted by on 04/13 at 08:52 AM
  1. My wife’s on the Atheism Promotion subcommittee of the local NEA Talking Points org.  Two hours a week, but man, those George Soros checks are sweet.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  11:03 AM
  2. If I were to visit one of the many thousands of bookstores that sell U. No.’s book, would I find it under “Politics,” “Education,” or “Batshit Crazy?”

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  11:06 AM
  3. Michael,

    Will you please grow up? Your writing is sophomoric, immature. If you want to disagree with the guy please do, but can’t you ever write like an adult?

    The issues raised by Horowitz are hardly one-sided and of course flawed, and it would be nice if a professor bothered by him could simply say so in a coherent, responsible way.

    I read your long, long, long essay a month or so ago. Couldn’t you redice it to 1000 words?

    Chris

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  11:49 AM
  4. Don’t you love his use of the word diabolical?  There’s just something so Horowitz about that.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  11:50 AM
  5. Hey Chris, you’re on the wrong thread. It’s the previous one you want, where we make up crazy performative contradictions, like Bill Janklow telling Michael he can’t drive.

    Captcha: “bed,” as in, “on the wrong side, got up on this morning.”

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  12:13 PM
  6. Best of luck to Jamie.  I can’t wait to see photos from the race. Best of luck to Michael as he continues to do the hard, adult work of defending academic freedom while retaining a sense of humor.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  12:32 PM
  7. Michael, Will you please grow up? Your writing is sophomoric, immature. If you want to disagree with the guy please do, but can’t you ever write like an adult?

    The issues raised by Horowitz are hardly one-sided and of course flawed, and it would be nice if a professor bothered by him could simply say so in a coherent, responsible way.

    Yeah Michael, ‘teach the controversy!’ Reasonable, decent people and howling mad paranoids can find common ground on this issue. The answer is in the middle.

    Posted by Gavin M.  on  04/13  at  01:02 PM
  8. This campaign is complimented by a ferocious campaign of slander to portray me as a liar and my facts as unreliable.

    And he really ought to do something about his small staff continuing to provide the pincer movement with lies and unreliable facts, which only serve to encourage the ferocious campaign.

    Wait just a minute! Has the One Whose Name We Must Resist Truncating checked to see whether or not his small staff is paying dues to the NEA? It’s all starting to make sense, in a shadowy, diabolical sort of way.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  01:13 PM
  9. I followed the above link about “campus killers”, and found something else that sort of blew me away.  In the next entry down on the “crooks and liars” blog there is an excerpt of and link to an article about former Bush biographer Mickey Herskowitz.  The article includes shockingly candid information about things Bush told this friend of the family, including a strategy he had for a successful presidency that included invading a small country, regardless of justification.  This was in 1999.  Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised (I need to work on this whole “being jaded” thing if I’m ever going to make it in the crazy world of academe) but I still am.  Here’s the link to the article:

    http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1028-01.htm

    Any thoughts would be welcome, but I mostly just wanted to get this out there.  Keep up the good work Michael!

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  01:47 PM
  10. I have no legislation in Ohio that would do any such thing. I had legislation in the form of a resolution which would not have restricted professor’s speech or introduced any statutory requirements

    I love his description of the resolution by what it’s not. What in god’s name was his legislation meant to do, then? Are we supposed to guess?

    Despite these facts which are irrefutable the campaign of lies against my efforts continues

    Larouche much? Now, I’m not an absolutist about these things, but I’m one of those people who tends to prefer “that” for restrictive clauses and “which” for non-restrictive clauses. I mean, seriously: does U. No have some special kind of fact--irrefutable ones, unlike the cheap-o facts you might pick up on Canal St--or is he just adding words for visceral oomph? Who knows? Not HoHo certainly.

    This campaign is complimented by a ferocious campaign of slander to portray me as a liar and my facts as unreliable.

    Compliment? “Hey U. No: you’re a really, really good liar and super awesome at providing unreliable facts, whatever those are.”

    And this is the guy who’s whining that no one’s willing to give him a spot in the University?

    Captcha word: “church,” as in, “Thank bloody jeebus I haven’t been to one of those except as a tourist in a long, long time.”

    Much fun wished for Jamie and the assorted Ber’s watching.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  01:48 PM
  11. I’m one of those people who tends

    great god almighty. that doesn’t look right.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  01:52 PM
  12. From the Request David as a Guest Speaker portion of his own friggin’ website:
    David Horowitz is not only a respected author, but also regularly appears on television and radio. (emphasis added)

    It just continues to blow my mind that right-wing tools like Horowitz and Kate O’Beirne have such a relatively significant presence on mass media (and particularly in contrast to anyone of comparable lucidity on the left - much less that of any rational progressives)and yet they just continue to Whine! Whine! Whine! as if the world owed them a personal forum tailored to their liking.

    Fer chrissakes, I hereby nominate Horowitz as a charter member of the Veruca Salt “I Want it All” club.

    Can’t fight the seether.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  02:03 PM
  13. Oh, and I forgot,
    John “Stumpy” Pepys cam back from the grave to say that you don’t drum so good.
    ... or garden either.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  02:16 PM
  14. Awwwww… judging from that last picture, Horowitz just needs a hug, and nobody will give it to him because he smells like sun-dried mayonnaise.

    Posted by norbizness  on  04/13  at  02:20 PM
  15. Oh, and I almost forgot…
    John “Stumpy” Pepys came back from the dead just to say that you don’t drum so good ... or garden either.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  02:22 PM
  16. Will you please grow up? Your writing is sophomoric, immature. If you want to disagree with the guy please do, but can’t you ever write like an adult?

    Can’t make me, nyah nyah nyah.

    Posted by Michael  on  04/13  at  02:42 PM
  17. Go Jamie, may your feet be swift and your heart be strong. 

    No amount (captcha word) of preening can make that person, for whom only a single raised digit can signify, any less looking like a caricature of himself; he appears so cartoon-like all the time.  Regarding the pincer movement (one part of a double envelopment in which two military forces converge on opposite sides of an enemy position), as a former member of the Committee to review the actions of the Central Scrutinizer for all education associations and federations, i will only convey the vague notion that indeed we did have agents planted in the bowels of his enterprise.  These agent provacateurs were authorized to use any textual referents whatsoever to discredit the almighty leader’s proclamations of self-adoration and paranoid delusions.  That the liberal media chooses to pick up on these are not the mastications of the Central Scrutinizer’s pincers.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  02:56 PM
  18. Using the tools that I provided, Michael diced that long essay down to 5000 words.  Had he purchased one of my deluxe industrial-strength kitchen accessories, he could, potentially, have rediced it to 1000 words.  But you know how he is.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  03:17 PM
  19. Oh, Ronco, I can see you’re just fishing for compliments with your Popeil Pocket Fisherman!

    Captcha: “believe,” as in “Spring Break, how I’m spending, can you?”

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  03:31 PM
  20. If I were to visit one of the many thousands of bookstores that sell U. No.’s book, would I find it under “Politics,” “Education,” or “Batshit Crazy?”
    Posted by Lance on 04/13 at 10:06 AM

    Remainder bins don’t usually have section titles, do they?

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  03:40 PM
  21. Ok, let’s try a sophmoric comment in EYE-talian to celebrate the recent elections and because it is a bee-YU-tiful day in NJ!

    FORZA JAMIE!!  Vai, che sei bravissimo!

    And for “the One Whose Name We Must Resist Truncating” (pace V. Ed) VAAAA FAAAAAAN CUUUUULO!!  Basta, basta, basta!! 

    Captcha: some, as in: Sometimes a rude colloquialism is just what we need.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  04:01 PM
  22. Go Jamie!  Although I’m a little worried that shaving a whole second off last year’s time might raise some suspicions.  Just make sure that pre-race cream soda is clear, if you know what I mean.

    As for the anti-Horowitz pincer movement, why do I have to choose between being diabolical or unprincipled?  Can’t I be both, the Reese’s peanut butter cup of leftwing operatives, and can’t this actually be a full frontal assault of Machiavellian Beelzebubs.  Oh crap! Now I put “Horowitz” and “full frontal” in the same paragraph.  Sorry.

    Posted by corndog  on  04/13  at  04:08 PM
  23. Using the soda that I provide, Jamie could shave three to four seconds off that time.  Were he to purchase one of my deluxe industrial-strength sodas, he could, potentially, cut his time in half.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  04:46 PM
  24. Hey! Do I see a Mets tee-shirt? The kid knows his baseball. May he be as swift as Jose Reyes.

    I think narcissistic personality disorder is an apt diagnosis. I can say that because I am trained in the science of the mind.

    The only suitable response to Horowitz’s whining is mockery. Until he brings to the public sphere a commitment to basic intellectual integrity, he won’t be taken seriously by anyone but the blowhards on cable and the sycophants in his employ.

    Posted by Timothy Shortell  on  04/13  at  04:54 PM
  25. Used that Horowitz pic today. Here’s the <a href="http://www.sadlyno.com/archives/high_anxiety.jpg>final image</a>.

    Posted by Gavin M.  on  04/13  at  05:19 PM
  26. Dammit.

    final image

    There.

    If he keeps making poses like that, the ‘pincer movement’ might get pinchier—it was a toss-up between the composition above and adding lobster claws.)

    Posted by Gavin M.  on  04/13  at  05:23 PM
  27. On the surface it’s unseemly but I hereby conclude that Michael is spreading joy far and wide with these occasional pummelings.

    DH begs for abuse daily. We’ve all seen the type before. He secretly loves it, especially the way Michael doles out the treats sparingly. Tantric, almost.

    I sure enjoy it. Best laughs around. Everyone benefits!

    Well, there’s that one guy who thinks DH deserves to be treated seriously. That’s being too liberal.

    Posted by David J Swift  on  04/13  at  07:00 PM
  28. Ew, David used the untruncatable one’s initials and “tantric” in the same paragraph.

    Also, Mr. Grouchy:

    “ I’m one of those people who tends to prefer “that” for restrictive clauses and “which” for non-restrictive clauses.”

    Ah, so you are the one who programmed my Word application to nag me everytime I try to say “which.”

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  07:15 PM
  29. well done, good sir, at the celebration rally this evening.  the dept was well-represented (my particular favourite was the sign reading “socrates was dangerous too") tonight and i am proud to be in your seminar where we learn both sides.

    and by both i mean all thirty-seven hundred of them.

    cheers to jamie!

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  08:12 PM
  30. Will you please grow up?

    This is one of those lovely little rhetorical oddities, related to irony but much more specific, pleading with one’s opponent to do something that the very nature of the statement proves the querent is not doing. It’s like a bastard lovechild of an antiphrasis and a paralipsis. Or an implied metadirimens copulatio. Or something. Antiaccismus? Anybody here know what it’s really called? Bueller?

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  04/13  at  08:17 PM
  31. Not sure what it’s really called.  I like “self-refuting”, but that’s not quite right since it doesn’t really make the claim that the querent doesn’t share the problem.  A child can ask an adult to grow up, and it’s just sort of cute and nonsensical.

    Posted by  on  04/13  at  08:57 PM
  32. Anybody here know what it’s really called?

    In biology I think they call it autoidiosis, which refers to systems that reproduce the elements of their own ignorance.

    Posted by Lance  on  04/13  at  09:31 PM
  33. Just returned from the D.H. show at Penn State.  Wow.

    I’ll just say this for now:  Michael, I think you owe your son a big apology.  Posting his picture and a picture of Mr. D.H. on the same page?  Tsk, tsk.

    From everything I’ve read Jamie is a champion and a great individual.  Mr. D.H. is, how shall we say, not.

    Posted by Christian Anderson  on  04/13  at  10:11 PM
  34. Will you please grow up?

    Dat just ain’t classy.

    Posted by Some Hairy-Knuckled Medallion-Wearing Cigar Chompe  on  04/13  at  10:56 PM
  35. Chris said “copulatio.” Heh.  Heh heh.  Heh.

    Posted by Michael  on  04/13  at  11:20 PM
  36. Michael, stop interrupting.

    Posted by Chris Clarke  on  04/13  at  11:24 PM
  37. Rhetorical Analysis of DH’s “speech”
    by a first year composition teacher

    1. Ethos: greatly assisted by the giant bodyguard that stood watch on the stage (though seemed a little strange; as “dangerous” as the crowd might have been, the gun control tends to discourage weaponry. Though I suppose that someone might have brought a spare spear). The comment “MasterBlaster” was whispered where I seated, and then dismissed on the lack of genius on the top end.  Ethos was damaged by DH’s poor delivery but enhanced by his Mussolini-inspired gesticulation (see above picture).  Though ethos took a turn for the worst when DH had no real response to his detractors, sputtering though he tried against repeated allegations that his “facts” were not facts, but figments of a strange imagination. An imagination that dared to strengthen Paul Robeson’s communist ties in his own hall (and declared that his name shouldn’t be attached to any kind of memorial). That went over well.

    2. Pathos: The pledge of allegiance demanded by the College Republicans was a brilliant performative move to weed out the traitors in the audience.  I spotted a few in the crowd who obviously hated America.  The pathos in DH’s “speech,” however, was what we’d call “bathos,” and had no relevance to the topic at hand.  Communism obviously still strikes a chord in the heart of the audience, and so defending McCarthy’s moves because “there really were communists in the state department” was unbelievably timely.  I think that I spotted a few in the audience too—one guy was wearing a black beret. Another had a beard.
    I didn’t realize that anyone taught Marx anymore!  Apparently they teach it everywhere! Penn State English needs to get on the ball, as we have a serious lack of Marxist criticism these days. Apparently I’m the only English 15 teacher not teaching the Communist manifesto—I’ll have to get on that too.

    3. Logos: Well, there’s not much to say here.  Logical fallacies were numerous, and many statements were patently false (and again, not in the ideological way, but in that old fashioned doesn’t-correspond-to-reality way).  Though saddened that social justice is a “myth,” I’m greatly heartened that Oprah has proven that racial hierarchies do not, in fact, exist. I’ve wondered for a long time if we’ve solved that “racism problem” that everyone’s been talking about.  Apparently we have, though DH didn’t provide a date.  Some dissenters in the audience--including African-Americans--seemed to disagree but I suppose they were just the victims of a false consciousness implanted by their liberal teachers.

    Posted by  on  04/14  at  10:04 AM
  38. You might be amused to know that all the links to the frontpage website produced this result for me:

    “We apologize the site you are attempting to visit has been blocked due to its content being inconsistent with the religious, cultural, political and moral values of the United Arab Emirates.”

    (I’m in Dubai right now, for work, and the hotel is not in the Net free zone where the censorship is removed.)

    So far, the only other banned website I’ve run across is a NY bar review website.  Shame they’re in the same company as The Horror.

    Posted by MoXmas  on  04/14  at  01:29 PM
  39. to Jenell-

    oops.  it’s kind of funny, because on tuesday, i actually *did* teach the communist manifesto to my english 15 class.  well, the first couple sections, anyway.  hey, man, we were teaching the proposal argument.  i taught it with swift’s modest proposal and valerie “i shot andy warhol” solanas’s SCUM manifesto.  it was a great time, because everyone knows that we liberals are all about overthrowing the bougeoisie, killing all men, and selling babies (to the bourgeoisie?) to be consumed at dinner parties.

    as i said of one of the signs held up by grad students who weren’t me yesterday (i think it was the one that said “sex, drugs, and socio-economic criticism"), we occasionally must deal with people who don’t understand irony, and that makes me cry sometimes.

    into my pillow.

    Posted by  on  04/14  at  09:48 PM
  40. Speak of the devil—as I was unwinding after a long day of teaching, roaming the blogosphere, turned on the boob tube, and there on the default Comcast channel on something called the Jackie Mason show, was David Horowitz decrying Penn State and other schools who are indoctrinating their students to the left. Jackie Mason was concerned, agitated. Horowitz was foaming. I’m overjoyed! Congratulations. Your indoctrination program sounds wonderfully successful. Keep up the good work. From listening to Horowitz and Mason, I anticipate that socialized medicine, impeachment proceedings, and communal organic farms in every major municipality are on the near horizon. Just as soon as those indoctrinated Penn State kids graduate. Keep hope alive.

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