Turning Point is a well-funded right-wing agit-prop group that regularly tries to get me to repost links to their poorly written and researched stories about left-wing agit-prop professors, e.g. a recent one about the fact that no UO faculty give money to Republican candidates. (The $5K that Chuck Lillis gave to Ben Carson doesn’t count, since Lillis is just a trustee.)
Even worse, they didn’t cite my earlier, seminal work on this. Desk reject. I tell them that I’ll repost their stuff if they’ll add me to their Professor Watchlist of dangerously liberal faculty, which would give me some street cred with the faculty, but I think they’re on to me.
TP sponsors a UO student group, which brought a speaker to campus Friday. The Daily Emerald has the story here:
… Cabot said that it is hard to stay conservative on campus with social and academic pressures, but those who are end up more informed politically. He said he worries that liberal students are not being exposed to ideas from all areas of the political spectrum.
“When [liberal students] do finally hear conservative ideas, they don’t know how to handle them,” Cabot said.
As is demonstrated by this op-ed from the GTFF grad student union exec committee, here:
The elected leadership of the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation unequivocally condemns the University’s hosting of Cabot Phillips’s “Liberal Privilege” tour. For over forty years, the GTFF has committed itself to fostering an environment of academic freedom, rigorous debate, and the life of the mind for graduate employees and the wider campus community. Phillips and his associated organizations “Campus Reform” and “Turning Point USA” are only interested in cheap political theater at the expense of UO’s students and employees, not good-faith exploration of political ideas. …
For the record, I hope this means that GTFF is not going to be engaging in cheap political theater by chanting and drumming all over campus next time they go on strike.