Sunday, May 23, 2004

Another Sign that Academia has Lost Touch

This is an interesting item. E.L. Doctorow is booed at Hofstra's commencement for bashing Bush. One can't blame the clueless administrators. Nobody ever caused a stir on campus or lost a job as a college president for bashing Republicans.

"Doctorow, who spent virtually all of his 20-minute address in Hempstead criticizing Bush, told the crowd that like himself the president is a storyteller. But 'sadly they are not good stories this president tells,' he said. 'They are not good stories because they are not true.' That line provoked the first boos, along with scattered cheers.

'One story he told was that the country of Iraq had nuclear and biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction and was intending shortly to use them on us,' he said. 'That was an exciting story all right, it was designed to send shivers up our spines. But it was not true.

'Another story was that the Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, was in league with the terrorists of al-Qaida,' he said. 'And that turned out to be not true. But anyway we went off to war on the basis of these stories.'

Those lines provoked an outburst of boos so loud the 'Ragtime' author stopped the speech. Rabinowitz approached the podium and called for calm. 'We value open discussion and debate,' he said. 'For the sake of your graduates, please let him finish.'"

That is rich. Sure, they "value open debate", so long as it stays within the bounds of the beloved speech codes, and doesn't offend anyone, and affirms the Sole Progressive World View.

If they really valued debate, they would let their faculty spend 20 minutes captive listening to Condi Rice. That would be a learning experience for all involved.

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