Remember Talia Lavin? You know, the former New Yorker fact-checker who falsely reported that an ICE agent had a Nazi tattoo? I reported a couple months ago that New York University had, ironically enough, commissioned Talia to teach a course entitled “Reporting on the Far-Right” — you know, because clown world. Well, after only two studentssigned up, that course has been canceled, according to Campus Reform.
Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars, had some pretty…poignant things to tell me about NYU and Miss Lavin.
Peter said “the eagerness of progressive journalists to smear conservatives leads more than a few of those journalists to license their imaginations to make up outrageous tales. NYU escaped some of its ignominy when only two students signed up for Lavin’s course, giving the school a reason to cancel it. The students plainly have more sense than the administrators.”
But Talia Lavin wasn’t the only left-wing journalist commissioned by NYU. Remember Lauren Duca?
Lauren used to write for Teen Vogue, which seems to provide teens with a healthy mix of celebrity news and left-wing indoctrination. NYU is having Lauren teach a course called “The Feminist Journalist” which makes no attempt to appear objective.
Her course description says that “truth is not a math equation” and that “media coverage of our current political climate has been plagued by the mental Napalm that I call “both sides-ism.” This is a kind of classic “he said, she said” form of journalism where the reporter tries to give both sides of an issue, even if one side is completely bogus.”
I mean, credit where credit’s due — but if you’re going to be a progressive hack, I don’t know about you, but I prefer my wolves out of sheep’s clothing.
New York University
NYU Department BANS Studying At Tel Aviv Uni
The Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU put out a statement in early May saying students from the department would not be studying abroad at Tel Aviv University, according to The Algemeiner.
“Access to the program is clearly being obstructed by Israel’s long-standing discriminatory policies (as acknowledged by the State Department) of barring entry to Palestinians or persons of Arab descent and Muslim heritage, and by the recent amendments to its Law of Entry, which advocate for the exclusion of persons on account of their political speech.”
But another article on the Algemeiner points out that the State Department page linked by this NYU department doesn’t state that Israel BARS these groups, but rather that these groups have experienced more scrutiny upon entry. And that would make sense because certain groups do have different proclivities for committing terror attacks. These equality advocates gotta realize that nothing in nature is symmetrical.
As for discriminating based on political speech, that’s not exactly something that’s unique to Israel. The UK has blocked entry to left-wingers like Louis Farrakhan, as well as conservatives like Pamela Geller.
New York University
‘Reporting On The Far Right’ Prof Mistakenly ID’ed Nazi Tattoo
If you’re heading off to New York University this fall, you’ll be able to take a course called “Reporting on the Far Right” taught by Talia Lavin who, less than a year ago, resigned from the New Yorker after saying this ICE agent, who’d previously lost both legs on a combat mission, had a Nazi tattoo, reported Campus Reform.
You just can’t make this stuff up, folks. This is like Eric Clanton, who was apparently running around Berkeley bashing Trump supporters with a bike lock, turning out to have been a professor of — wait for it — ethics. So let’s take a look at Talia’s course.
“The course will teach students how to track far-right harassment campaigns to their sources and uncover the identities of white supremacist propagandists on the web.”
White supremacist propagandists as decided by Talia, of course. But cool, you know, looking around at all of the microaggression seminars, affirmative action, right-wing speeches getting shut down, I’ve always thought “hey, what’s the one thing that could really seal the deal for colleges to become complete cancer?” That’s right: How to Doxx Your Political Opponents 101.
Anyway, Talia’s course also deals with the “psychological impact” of covering hate and will “confront the ethical dilemmas incumbent in such coverage, exploring the question of when exposing hate crosses the line into amplifying it uncritically.”
Right because the real ethical dilemma of publishing personal info about people you don’t like isn’t exposing them to violence or anything, no, no, the real ethical dilemma is whether your report will create copycat purveyors of “hate.” You know, because people who read Media Matters and HuffPo are really likely to become right-wing activists.
Hiring Talia isn’t just a one-off for NYU, either. Last month on Campus Unmasked, we reported how the school hired former Teen Vogue columnist Lauren Duca of getting thrashed by Tucker fame to teach a course called “The Feminist Journalist.”
To go three for three, maybe they can get New York Times writer Sarah Jeong to teach a course on how to really slam white people on Twitter.
New York University
Student Who Chewed Out Chelsea Clinton Gets DRAGGED
New York University student Leen Dweik really seemed to want to place the blame for the New Zealand massacre on Chelsea Clinton, according to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
Chelsea Clinton may be guilty of many things — if you read Tucker’s Ship of Fools, he really lays into her for what’s almost surely nepotism — but it would be pretty tough for even the most imaginative debater to lay the blame for the Christchurch massacre at her feet. Also, when this charge comes from the spitting image of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with those hoop earrings and a shirt reading “college for all, medicare for all, jobs for all,” I’m a little less likely to take it seriously.
Anyways, it’s always interesting to take a closer look at these leftists who believe words have the power of life and death and take a look at some of their own rhetoric. Earlier this month, Leen tweeted out what looks to be something someone else said to her: “you’re only interested in demolishing Israel, not in finding a solution,” with her response “uh demolishing Israel IS a solution,” reported Israellycool.
The NYU student has since apologized for and deleted this tweet, as well as ones in which she said a gay slur, but also made this comment, apparently trying to peg the reaction to her spat with Chelsea on, you’ll never guess — racism: “[it] says a lot about the current state of affairs when a white boy can egg a senator and be applauded as a hero while i, as a [P]alestinian [M]uslim woman, am being publicly vilified for confronting someone who has deeply hurt me and my community with her rhetoric.”
She’s, of course, referencing 17-year-old Will Connolly, who smashed an egg on the head of Australian Sen. Fraser Anning, who blamed Muslim migration for the massacre. Leen called that attack “sick” and I don’t think she meant it in a negative way, but back to her point, I’m actually not quite sure why she got more hate than Will, if that’s even true. It could be racism, as she suggests, but then again, I’m not too thrilled about trusting someone who has this many anti-white tweets to make a judgment call on that.
In today’s outrage culture with investigative tweet teams like Media Matters and obviously some on the right: if you’re going to get up in someone’s face and try to blame some kind of “hate speech” for one of the worst modern slaughters, you better be gosh darn sure that you practice what you preach.