The University of Missouri aka Mizzou used to be known for its commitment for journalism and the First Amendment. What’s wrong with this picture?
For many years, The University of Missouri has had a national reputation for having an outstanding journalism school. In 2013, a survey of news professionals selected the Missouri School of Journalism as the top J-school in the country.
Now on this very campus, we not only have students chanting “reporters have to go,” but being lead by a communications professor, Melissa Click!
Here she is.
By the way, Mizzou’s out of state tuition, room/board and fees start at a little over $40,000. Of course, it’s not like students and their parents aren’t getting their money’s worth. Just check out Professor Click’s intellectually rigorous areas of specialization (from her bio):
Her research interests center on popular culture texts and audiences, particularly texts and audiences disdained in mainstream culture. Her work in this area is guided by audience studies, theories of gender and sexuality, and media literacy. Current research projects involve 50 Shades of Grey readers, the impact of social media in fans’ relationship with Lady Gaga, masculinity and male fans, messages about class and food in reality television programming, and messages about work in children’s television programs. (emphasis mine)
If there’s material more worthy of studying at the college level, I’d like to see it.
Seriously, this is the sort BS and mental masturbation that passes for education at many universities today. We shouldn’t wonder that many young people are not only breathtakingly ignorant, but enamored of tyranny. Consider how many of them cheer when Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton vow to impose a litmus test for nominees to the Supreme Court, making these candidates promise to overrule the Citizens’ United case. There are two problems with that pledge. The notion that politicians should demand that prospective judges commit to ruling a particular way in advance is absolutely at war with our Constitution and separation of powers. In addition, Citizens’ United was a victory for the 1st amendment. During the oral argument of that case, people in the courtroom reported that there was an audible gasp when one of the government’s lawyers admitted that if the statute in question were allowed to stand, it would permit the government to ban books!