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Report card politics
June 3, 2013 - Jim Anderson
Bill O’Reilly makes an interesting claim in his weekly column (Monday’s Daily News, “Liberal stranglehold”) saying college students are harmfully intimidated by liberal professors.
“There is no question that liberal indoctrination is a fact at most American colleges,” O’Reilly writes. “Tenure means never having to say you’re sorry or you’re wrong. Overwhelmingly, tenured college teachers are liberal. They intimidate their students. If you go up against them, your grade often suffers. There is a tyranny in higher education that is gravely harming this nation.”
Is this true? Are college grades “often” issued on the basis of politics, as O’Reilly claims.
I have no idea and, I’m guessing, neither does O’Reilly. A hunch becomes an accusation becomes a fact. That may be how the “proof” evolves on that one.
I will venture, however, that if college professors are overwhelmingly liberal and powerful, they’re doing a fairly miserable job of advancing their causes. The launching of the war in Iraq, the endless war in Afghanistan, the massive, sometimes corrupt power of Wall Street ... those are just a few of the realities that make the liberal profs seem rather impotent.
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