College students bombarded with the personal political views of their professors are being urged by talk-show host Sean Hannity to fight back with hard evidence of purported indoctrination.
“All you college kids out there, check your state laws, check your campus laws,” Hannity said on his national radio program.
“Get your little tape recorders if legal, and I want you to start recording these left-wingers. Bring it to this program and we’ll start airing it every single time on this program. I’m sick of this indoctrination. I’m sick of this left-wing propaganda.”
Hannity’s call to action comes in the wake of the case of Rebecca Beach, a 19-year-old freshman at Warren County Community College in Washington, N.J., who, as WND first reported, was sharply rebuked by an English professor for her announcement of a campus program featuring decorated Iraq war hero Lt. Col. Scott Rutter.
In an e-mail from professor John Daly to Beach, Daly wrote: “Real freedom will come when soldiers in Iraq turn their guns on their superiors.”
He also said he would ask his students to boycott the event and vowed “to expose [her] right-wing, anti-people politics until groups like [Rebecca’s] won’t dare show their face on a college campus.”
“That’s free and open exchange of ideas and opinions on a college campus,” Hannity commented sarcastically. “That’s really cultivating freedom of thought.”
WND broke the news that Daly submitted his resignation Tuesday just moments before an emergency meeting by the college’s board of trustees to decide his fate.
But according to Hannity, the resignation is not the end of the case, saying, “This ought to be the beginning.”
“This is now the new paradigm that I want to see college kids around the country pick up on,” he said. “That is whenever you have the left-wing professors that are abusive to conservatives, that degrade you, that call you names, that use ad-hominem attacks, that are punishing you for your political point of view, that are purposely trying to indoctrinate you with extremist left-wing views – if it is legal, tape them. If it is not legal, take verbatim notes, get witnesses, bring these articles to the school newspapers, bring it to the local media. Expose these people for the abusive professors that they are, and I guarantee you when there’s a series of these instances where we expose these people, I guarantee you this indoctrination process is going to stop dead in its tracks. …
“Fear is a great motivator, and the fear that these left-wingers are going to get fired or be held accountable for their mean-spirited comments against people or their indoctrination is going to be the single-biggest motivation we ever see to get them to stop doing what they’re doing to college kids around the country.”
Beach agreed, telling Hannity, “It is intimidating, and [professors] will tell you things to make you not want to stand out and expose them. The American people need to know what they’re paying for, what they’re paying for their children to receive at these schools. It’s not an education, it’s indoctrination, and they’re intimidated from speaking out the truth that they know.”
The scant newspaper coverage of the case was also blasted by fellow talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, who noted the headline in New Jersey’s Express-Times newspaper Wednesday read, “Provoked professor leaves WCCC post.”
“Provoked professor? Unbelievable!” exclaimed Limbaugh. “Not that the student was provoked, not that the school was provoked, not that the Iraq war vet was provoked, and not that the commanding officers in Iraq were provoked, because it was suggested by this guy that they be shot.”
On that aspect, Beach told Hannity, “They really turned the tables and they make it look like I am restricting his free speech rights now as an American citizen where that’s not even what it was to begin with. … It makes me look like the bad guy.”
Hannity offered to speak at the college to help defend Beach, and is hoping to face Daly in person, despite the fact he quit his position.
“It’s really brave of him to pick on a 19-year-old girl,” Hannity said. “I want to see him send such an e-mail to me. And I dare this guy to come and debate me at this college. I’ll even pay him to come debate me. And he needs a job now.”
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