May 21, 2003

COMMENCEMENT WATCH

COMMENCEMENT WATCH: We're seeing a flurry of stories about left-wing commencement speakers, who are becoming especially offensive in the wake of the Iraqi liberation. Expect more. Besides the even-handed and objective journalists of CNN and the New York Times, graduates have been forced to suffer through Jessica Lange, Phil Donohue, and Ben & Jerry. I was at the latter speech, and neither the Ithaca Journal report nor the school's press release quite get at how demented Ben Cohen's remarks really were. I'll have a transcript available in the near future.

Administrators justify these speeches-- and condemn the walk-outs and boos that they are now drawing-- by saying that its their job to "challenge" students-- but by an amazing coincidence, these "challenging" speakers sure tend to reflect the bias of the administration. Funny how that works.

I'm collecting stories on these speeches, so if you know any that I haven't mentioned, leave a comment or email me. (If the comments aren't working, which seems to be the norm these days, you'll have to email-- the address is to your left.) Note that I already know about this, but I'm trying to ignore that guy.

Posted by John Tabin at May 21, 2003 02:48 PM
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