Students apparently have no idea what journalism is at one Massachusetts college.
The students, and even faculty, at Smith College held a sit-in at noon on Thursday to show support for the rabble-rousers at the University of Missouri, and they invited the press to cover the event — if they agreed to one thing.
Any journalists who wanted to cover the event had to pledge their allegiance to the students’ cause.
The rule was created because of “the way that media has historically painted radical black movements as violent and aggressive,” student Alyssa Mata-Flores told Mass Live.
“We are asking that any journalists or press that cover our story participate and articulate their solidarity with black students and students of color,” she said. “By taking a neutral stance, journalists and media are being complacent in our fight.”
Moreover, any journalist who covered the event was required to express solidarity with the students in articles.
What’s worse is the college backed the free-speech hating students.
“It’s a student event, and we respect their right to do that, although it poses problems for the traditional media,” Smith College director of media relations, Stacey Schmeidel, told Mass Live.
Journalists, and free speech supporters, expressed their disgust on social media.
Dear @smithcollege: This is out of hand. Signed, a journalist alum. ’00 https://t.co/FvSJPmKcI8
— Julia O’Malley (@julia_omalley) November 20, 2015
.@smithcollege you must teach your students about ethical #journalism & #media coverage. As a former journalist & alum, I’m embarrassed.
— Annie Scranton (@anniescranton) November 20, 2015
Not even China’s Communist Party requires journalist’s side with it in coverage: “We are asking that any journalis… https://t.co/f2Byy6D2ts
— franklangfitt (@franklangfitt) November 20, 2015
As a @smithcollege graduate and a journalist, I find this profoundly disturbing. #FirstAmendment https://t.co/VBPfG0cFgB
— JenniferBowersBahney (@JBBahney) November 19, 2015
As an alum of @smithcollege I am disgusted with this nonsense We Smithies are smarter than this https://t.co/PPw34g52GM
— Alexis In NH (@AlexisinNH) November 20, 2015
@TIME yeah we wouldn’t want any voices of reason. you know, with facts and all.
— Jodie Higgins (@defiantoneks) November 19, 2015
@brithume Isn’t that how Obama got elected?
— ن Mikey Ramone ن (@ThePantau) November 19, 2015
@brithume The last generation were hippies who grew up to be liberals. God only knows what these fascists will turn into
— Marcus Lenormand (@optimate_prime) November 20, 2015
@brithume Upon graduation, I hope they are able to get my order right at the drive-through.
— Daniel (@ddwalk34) November 19, 2015
@brithume @debsinger2 Presumably that’s what they learned from watching MSM’s coverage of Obama? #lapdog
— Sissy Willis (@SissyWillis) November 19, 2015
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