Accuracy in Media

The totalitarian attitude on campus hit me in a very personal way on March 30 as I was sitting on an airplane at Reagan National Airport on my way to Albany, New York. I was informed that a campus debate I was scheduled to participate in later that day had been cancelled. I was told to get off the plane and go home.

I believe this is the first time on a college or university campus that a left-right debate has been cancelled because of objections to one side of the debate.

It appears the totalitarian left is so determined to crush the conservative point of view that it had to be suppressed even when a leftist was on the same panel.

My debate opponent, Jeff Cohen, the founder of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), was taken aback. It was as if the far-left censors on the campus of the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz didn’t think he could hold up his end of the debate.

The topic was media coverage of the presidential campaign. Jeff and I have participated in such debates many times in the past, always getting a good reception and generating many questions. The contracts had been signed. New Paltz cancelled the morning of the debate.

The student paper said the event was cancelled after a sociology professor who helps teach women’s studies had caused a controversy over my appearance. She apparently had Googled my name, turning up a denunciation of my views from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).  The SPLC reportedly said I had made “controversial statements in the past about Muslims, climate change and homosexuals,” and that I was “an unrepentant propagandist for extremist right-wing causes.”

I was not allowed to respond to the charges before the decision was made to prevent me from appearing.

Digging into the fiasco, the student paper said, “In a discussion that originated on the faculty email system and subsequently obtained by The New Paltz Oracle, Anne R. Roschelle, Ph.D., a sociology professor, voiced her objections to Kincaid’s involvement in the debate. However, Roschelle made clear to note that she did not seek to bar Kincaid from speaking.”

That was quite interesting. She had “voiced her objections” to my involvement in the debate but did not “seek to bar Kincaid from speaking.” Whatever the meaning of this double-talk, it appears that a faculty member had decided what students should be exposed to on campus.

She was quoted as saying that she was “not advocating he be uninvited or that people disrupt his talk.” But Roschelle said, “What I am suggesting is that for people who do go to his talk to ask critical questions and make your alternative voices heard. We are an open-minded campus.”

Yes, and that’s the purpose of a debate. A debate by definition is where different voices are heard.

It couldn’t be that she was concerned that different voices were not going to be heard. That was the whole purpose of the event. Her concern was that MY voice was going to be heard.

Of course, this isn’t the first time a conservative has been kept off campus. In this case, however, the event was a debate involving a left-wing media critic who happens to be a professor at Ithaca College. In other words, both sides were going to be represented. Still, the mere fact that I was going to be part of the debate was enough to get the event cancelled. I think this is unprecedented. It demonstrates the kind of atmosphere that exists at New Paltz.

This is the kind of “educational atmosphere” that Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the socialist running for president, wants to subsidize with more taxpayer dollars.

This incident and others have convinced me that the old brick-and-mortar universities have run their course and need to be defunded. It’s time to replace them with true centers of learning that offer real academic freedom, and courses that teach marketable skills at a reduced cost. The kind of “political revolution” we need in this country is not of the Bernie Sanders variety. Rather, it’s a way forward that offers real learning through alternative educational institutions that provide online opportunities and career-advancement to students where they live and work.

The taxpayers who pay the bill for these Marxist re-education camps we call colleges and universities have to revolt against the socialism that rules higher education in America. Sanders wants to perpetuate that mind-set because he knows that, under the guidance of faculty from sociology, women’s and queer studies, students are being mind-controlled and groomed for jobs that don’t exist. Hence, they become more cannon-fodder for the revolution.

Perhaps the taxpayers who help fund New Paltz might want to know how such things happen in an atmosphere that is supposed to assure freedom of speech on campus. I certainly want to know.

Indeed, I am attempting to get to the bottom of the reasons for the cancellation of the event through a Freedom of Information request using a state law meant to assure transparency in state government and state-funded institutions. Let’s see if the university administration will follow the law and give me the names.

I want to determine who on the campus was part of the process to deny students the right to hear a left-right debate on coverage of the campaign.

New Paltz declares on its website: “Creativity permeates campus life at New Paltz. The learning atmosphere has an air of imaginative inquiry that bridges all academic endeavors. The faculty encourages students to question, experiment, and discover in ways that lead to innovative thinking.”

But not in this case.

The website also declares that a New Paltz education is “one that retains lifelong relevance through what is required to achieve it: broad and specific knowledge, exposure to differing perspectives, open-minded inquiry, and a spirit of inventiveness.”

But not in this case.

Parents who consider New Paltz for their students are being given a big dose of false advertising.

I informed University President Donald P. Christian in a letter:

“I was very disappointed for the lost opportunity to share my ideas with young college students. I had thought that a college campus was the perfect place for an exchange of ideas. I have had two of my sons go through college, and my youngest, who is turning 17, is on a tour of college campuses.

  • “What should I tell him about New Paltz being open to different ideas and freedom of speech and expression?
  • “Why should any student or parent consider New Paltz as an option for those who engage in free thinking, rational thought, and open debate and discussion?
  • “Why has this happened at New Paltz, alone among many different colleges and universities?”

Later that day, after receiving my letter, the administration reversed itself, saying they wanted to reschedule and bring the debate to campus after all. Unfortunately, my schedule wouldn’t permit such an event until the fall. I look forward to going back, with adequate security and police protection.

By then, I should have the answers to why, in an unprecedented development, a debate was cancelled on a university campus.

What we know so far is that “diversity” on campus doesn’t apply to diversity in thought and opinion. These institutions of “higher education” are bankrupt financially and morally.

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  • RMThoughts

    Cliff could always debate himself if there wasn’t a chance of him losing.

  • Erudite Mavin

    The Universities aren’t Re Education Camps but Continued Education Camps.

    Public Schools K through 12th grades for the past several decades are the
    Beginning to full on Education in Liberal to Marxist propaganda, from the teachers, textbooks, school boards, Teachers Union

    Most parents including conservative don’t have a clue what their kids are being taught in Public School including not bothering to go through their textbooks.
    Universities continue this, doubling down on the Radical Left – Marxist Propaganda.

    Put your kids in Private, Parochial or Charter schools.
    If your kid wants to go to college, tell them, work your way through, you don’t get a dime from the parents.

    One way the kid gets a clue how work, responsibility, business, works.
    I have many relatives who worked their way through Rutgers, Ohio St. and more.

  • IronChefSandwiches

    While it’s entirely true that Kincaid is nothing but a propagandist and a paid shill for the right wing…so what? Stifling debate is bad, no matter who does it.

  • Ted

    So, to keep Kincaid happy, I guess we should eliminate the Catholic Church, the Democratic Party and, now, most colleges and universities (except, maybe Liberty and Oral Roberts universities).

    He can’t seem to understand that those people, institutions, and ideologies that he doesn’t like … don’t like him and his ideologies, either!

  • William

    You can’t just do away with brick and mortar universities, willy-nilly. What would happen to the collegiate sports machines? N more college football? Zounds!! It’s the end of civilization as we know it! (Posted with tongue firmly in cheek)

  • William

    Sorry, I meant to say “No more college football”. This puter keyboard sometimes has a mind of its own.

  • sox83cubs84

    Whatever one calls them, I’m glad we have no kids of our own to send to these brainwashing institutions. We do have nieces and nephews, however, who are or will soon be in college, and I fear for them.


    This kind of crap going on explains why Obama has gone after what he calls the ‘for profit online schools’. Some are really good accredited schools, but they only teach what your paying for them to teach you. The liberals want them shut down in order to force everyone to have to go to these schools. If the students that want a REAL education and the parents paying for it begin using their voices instead of letting these morons run all over them, they could make a difference.

  • Austinniceguy

    They are also better known as indoctrination centers for the left. That’s why Burnout is so popular with the young voters of today, he can fool them by offering them free everything. What they don’t understand is that at some point they will be paying DEARLY for all the freebies they are voting for. At the rate we’re going, we will be as broke as Greece in just a couple of decades.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    How does the Executive and it’s political lobby cause your college tuition to go through the roof —- ( What about public universities? NCES says they received $73 billion in revenue from state and local government appropriations, and billions more in private gifts and investment income, enough to cover their $79.4 billion total instructional costs.
    Again, the $60 billion in tuition money (paid by students or as part of financial-aid packages) could be viewed as paying for university administrators, for research largely tangential to the student’s education, for “public service” and so on. ) ( From As Tuition Increases, So Do College Bureaucracies
    Feb 3, 2014 11:00 AM EST ) George Soros control the college agendas through cap – He an economic war criminal that specializes in destroying economies for profit ! Lifestyle Agendas , Mass Immigration , Jihad and Radical Islam and turning our country over to a international body seems to be his main focus these days as in the colleges ! Odd agenda for a Jew – See Articles –
    The Center for American Progress’ Jihad Against the Free World – December 29, 2011 Daniel Greenfield – Bernie’s Billionaires — Cliff Kincaid — August 24, 2015 – The Hidden Soros Agenda: Drugs, Money, the Media, and Political Power –
    Cliff Kincaid — October 27, 2004 – Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous by Human Events – George Soros and John Kerry — Cliff Kincaid — October 18, 2004

  • drrocko

    JFK started gov. take-over of public schools with the school lunch program – the final nail was the creation of the federal teachers union ! In 1969 the US public education system was number one in the world. Since the fed became involved – we have dropped to 17 th ! Guess the democrats call that “progress” !

  • Kathleen3

    Professor Rochelle must not be very intelligent. Had this woman spent 10 minutes researching the background and sinister agenda of the SPLC and Morris Dees she would have realized this organizations has no credibility whatsoever. It is a source of ridicule to anyone with an IQ higher than their shoe size.

  • supertramp

    SUNY does not even attempt to include intellectual, point-of-view diversity as worthy of “inclusion” in its otherwise agonizingly inclusive diversity affirmation. One has to admire them for that, at least.

  • LaTisha Jackson

    it is entirely true that you are an idiot…a deranged lunatic. Kincaide is a national treasure…if 300 million of comfort junkies like you dissappear – no one will notice a difference….but if he does …the overfed, overentertained and the purposeless, like you will self-exterminate….

  • LaTisha Jackson

    absolutely! Imagine if SPLC operated in the times of Socrates…they would sue him for hate speach…I’m telling you, folks, it’s the time to re-open the ovens and burn all the genetic garbage wordwide…

  • IronChefSandwiches

    “Kincaide (sic) is a national treasure…” Quite possibly the single funniest thing I’ve ever read on the internet. And that includes comedy sites.

    Oh, and 300 million people is the vast majority of the US population, you mewling idiot.

  • Gmama

    Actually Liberty allowed Bernie Sanders to speak, and he was treated respectfully, even though it is likely there are few supporters there.

    Like most liberals you believe people you don’t agree with should be silenced.

  • menloman

    “Anne (Rochelle) is an avid hiker and plays flute in a local rock band called Questionable Authorities.” ‘Plays flute’ is that what I think it is?