Suppression for Thee, Free Speech for Me

Mitchell Langbert

I sent this letter to the editor of the faculty newspaper of the City University of New York, The Clarion.

The Clarion cites Ed Koch, The New York Times and the PSC’s leadership in calling for the resignation of Trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld. All three are Democrats. In the pages of The Wall Street Journal, the nation's leading Middle East expert, Bernard Lewis, has exposed The New York Times’s reporting on the Arab Spring and Iran. The Times has mistranslated speakers and overtly lied in its coverage. Its editorial page is as important as Stormfront's.

The call for Trustee Wiesenfeld’s resignation is consistent with a totalitarian interpretation of “academic freedom” whose origin is in the 19th Century German Idealists' Lehrerfreiheit. Today, Lehrerfreiheit, which differs from most Americans’ interpretation of the word “freedom,” is seen in Democrats' one-sided claim that it applies to them but not to those who disagree with them, like Trustee Wiesenfeld. "Suppression for thee, free speech for me," is the Democrats' totalitarian Clarion-call.

  • Share

Most Commented

May 15, 2015

1.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

April 19, 2021

2.

UT Austin Approves Orwellian “Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity”

Sadly, the University of Texas at Austin did not heed our repeated warnings about the direct threat to academic freedom and institutional neutrality posed by its now-appr......

April 27, 2021

3.

How Many Confucius Institutes Are in the United States?

Updated 4/27/2021: We're keeping track of all Confucius Institutes in the United States, including those that remain open, those that closed, and those that have announced their clo......

Most Read

May 15, 2015

1.

Where Did We Get the Idea That Only White People Can Be Racist?

A look at the double standard that has arisen regarding racism, illustrated recently by the reaction to a black professor's biased comments on Twitter....

April 19, 2021

2.

UT Austin Approves Orwellian “Strategic Plan for Faculty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity”

Sadly, the University of Texas at Austin did not heed our repeated warnings about the direct threat to academic freedom and institutional neutrality posed by its now-appr......

May 26, 2010

3.

10 Reasons Not to Go to College

A sampling of arguments for the idea that college may not be for everyone....