The White House revoked Jim Acosta’s press pass after a heated exchange he had with President Donald Trump, but CNN sued Trump to get it back. And now a Georgetown University law institute has filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Acosta, reported Campus Reform. Georgetown’s Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection said that “To dislike Acosta’s and CNN’s reporting is President Trump’s prerogative; but to retaliate against them by revoking Acosta’s White House security credentials (sometimes called a ‘hard pass’) tramples on the Constitution.”
So, the core argument here is whether Trump banned Acosta because of his viewpoint or because of his behavior. Let’s be honest: CNN and the president don’t tend to agree on a whole lot of things, but during that press conference, Jim would just…not…shut…up. It’s kind of like the difference between protest and disruption on college campuses. Acosta was arguably infringing upon the rights of other reporters by refusing to let them speak.
The Georgetown law institute said that “such retaliatory action not only harms CNN and Acosta but also aims to chill the constitutionally protected speech and newsgathering activity of other journalists whom the public depends upon to question government officials vigorously and to report candidly on the responses.”
Again, wasn’t it Acosta doing the chilling by not letting others speak? It’s a kind of cringe cliche, but the jobs vs. mobs dichotomy does seem to be at play here. One side wants to address facts and figures and have an actual discussion, whether it’s in the classroom, on social media, or in the White House. And the other side is perfectly content to throw civility out the window.
Georgetown Prof: Trump ‘Caused’ Synagogue Massacre
If you’re a regular watcher of Campus Unmasked, you might remember Georgetown professor Christine Fair.
The professor responded to Trump’s Pittsburgh visit, saying:
“This narcissistic sack of scat manages to make massacres–caused by him–about him even while he crashed the funeral of his victims. He’s pond scum.”
It may not come as a shock that Christine provides no evidence for how exactly Trump “caused” the shooting. Of course, this isn’t the first unhinged remark from the esteemed professor. During the Kavanaugh hearing, she tweeted:
“Look at [this] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.”
Twitter suspended Christine after that tweet, but then told me on background that it had done so by accident and reinstated her. She did, however, lose her little blue check mark. But Professor Fair doesn’t just display poor judgment in the content of her statements, she also does in her chosen targets. She maintains a blog called “Tenacious Hellpussy: a nasty woman posting from the frontlines of fuckery,” where she’s dedicated a couple of pretty extensive posts to bashing a couple of my former and current student reporters at Campus Reform who had the audacity to write about her.
Behavior like this is SURE to make people Vote for the Democrats on November 6th: “When they go low — or, when we say they go low — we go lower!”
‘Castrate Their Corpses’ Prof Suspended/Unverified On Twitter
Remember Georgetown professor Christine Fair? You know, the lady who said “look at [this] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes,” as reported by Campus Reform. Well, after that woke take, Twitter suspended her — multiple times — and took away her blue check mark.
After Fair’s first suspension, Twitter told me on background that it suspended her by accident. She was reinstated hours later and showed no sign of slowing down with her incendiary tweets, but a little something was missing from her account. You know, that little blue check pat on the head from the Big Tech establishment and then, she was suddenly suspended again.
She’s back again now but You know, here’s the thing: in my ideal world, Twitter wouldn’t suspend nearly anyone. In my ideal world, Twitter would use the blue check mark to show that someone’s a public figure, which Christine undoubtedly is. But the right seems to get disproportionately slapped with suspensions and the blue check mark has been weaponized to punish wrongthink so we’ve just gotta work with what we’ve got.
Anyway, Georgetown defended its professors’ right to free speech in a statement to me, but said “we expect their classrooms and interaction with students to be free of bias and geared toward thoughtful, respectful dialogue.”
And there’s the rub, for how do you know Christine isn’t penalizing conservative or libertarian…or pretty much any student who isn’t insane?
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