September 29, 2011, 10:36 am
The ruckus this week at Berkeley over a Republican student-sponsored “Increase Diversity Bake Sale” rhymes with the ruckus two weeks ago in Madison when students egged on by a University of Wisconsin administration mobbed an off-campus press conference.
The Berkeley event for some reason garnered more press attention. Maybe because it conforms to a storyline that the press thinks it knows how to handle. On Tuesday, September 27, The New York Times headlined its account, “A ‘Diversity Bake Sale’ Backfires on Campus.” Backfires? The Times now carries its editorializing right into the headlines of what are ostensibly news stories.
The facts of the case suggest no backfire at all. Ward Connerly, the best known and most important proponent of racial preference-ending civil rights laws, himself showed up and took a seat at the bake sale. The Huffington Post showcased John…
September 22, 2011, 11:20 am
On Tuesday, September 13, a mob of University of Wisconsin students overpowered the staff and swarmed into a room at the Madison Doubletree Hotel where Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, was giving a press conference on the release of two new reports from his organization. The fracas was covered by the local newspapers and television; featured on The O’Reilly Factor as part of an interview with CEO chairman Linda Chavez; written about by several essayists; and subject to considerably blogging, notably by University of Wisconsin law professor Ann Althouse and Brooklyn College history professor KC Johnson. Instapundit Glenn Reynolds linked to the story, which is now widely known though, interestingly, it was not covered by The New York Times, or other major news outlets. The Chronicle of Higher Education mentioned it as a minor item in its breaking news update,…