Perhaps, there’s hope for America just yet.
New York University, not exactly a bastion of conservative thought, has canceled an undergraduate journalism class former New Yorker fact-checker Talia Lavin was set to teach due to a lack of interest.
The elective class, “Reporting on the Far Right,” was scheduled for this fall and only two students signed up, according to The Wrap.
Lavin, as you may recall, resigned from the New Yorker last year after falsely accusing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of having a Nazi tattoo.
some vets said this ICE agent's tattoo looked more like a Maltese cross than an Iron Cross (common among white supremacists), so i deleted my tweet so as not to spread misinformation pic.twitter.com/xaR6bqzSoP
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) June 18, 2018
Not that Lavin’s troubling actions, which show how easy it is to get hit with a label of being a white supremacist in post-Obama America, deterred the school from inviting her.
The director of undergraduate studies at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, Adam Penenberg stressed that the class cancellation had “nothing to do” with that.
“Canceling the class had nothing to do with Talia’s writings, tweets, or anything else. We cancelled it because too few students enrolled,” Penenberg told The Wrap.
Penenberg said it was unlikely that Lavin would be invited back to teach another class, given her limited focus — see “obsession” with far right.
“It would make no sense to try it again, given how few students expressed interest,” he said. “We have no plans to offer Talia another course, simply because her main focus (and the focus of her upcoming book) is the far right.”
The now deleted course description read: “In an era when hate is on the rise, this course will provide student journalists with a thorough grounding in far-right and white-supremacist movements in the United States, briefly examining their history and delving into their sprawling present incarnations.”
not to worry! pic.twitter.com/HtfMYmkWXk
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) March 20, 2019
The Wrap reported that Lavin’s official NYU faculty bio — which was deleted in April — touted her as an expert in “far-right extremism and social justice.”
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 30, 2019
And while that may be up for debate, the course description also promised “a careful analysis of pieces that have fallen short of the mark,” of which, her expertise is clear, given how the tattoo blunder blew up in the liberal journalist’s face.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement responded to her assertion in a tweet: “Justin Gaertner is a combat wounded U.S. Marine who continues to serve his country as an ICE computer forensics analyst, helping solve criminal cases & rescue abused children. The tattoo shown here is the symbol for his platoon while he fought in Afghanistan.”
Justin Gaertner is a combat wounded U.S. Marine who continues to serve his country as an ICE computer forensics analyst, helping solve criminal cases & rescue abused children. The tattoo shown here is the symbol for his platoon while he fought in Afghanistan. pic.twitter.com/BaOBxaAMHS
— ICE (@ICEgov) June 18, 2018
It was also clear that Lavin, who apparently has plenty of free time on her hands, did not appreciate the news value of the piece by Jon Levine, as she responded in a series of tweets belittling his efforts.
It's true: only 2 students signed up for my class.
Here's some other hot news for Jon and his editors:
Once I threw a VERY elaborate theme party in college and no one came.
In high school, a bunch of boys stole my journal & read my sex fantasies about my English teacher aloud. 1/ https://t.co/PMGI0ziHtf
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) May 30, 2019
There was no shortage of unhinged, Kool-Aid drinking liberals who failed to see the significance of reporting on the class being cancelled.
Why is this national news?
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) May 30, 2019
You’re trash. You know it. This is nothing and the only point for its existence is to feed an alt-right mob. What fucking worthless shit you are.
— maura quint (@behindyourback) May 31, 2019
Here’s a sampling of some other responses from Twitter that suggest there may be hope for mankind just yet.
I love #karma
— Sister Honey??⛈ (@Herfarm) May 30, 2019
Well, I guess there is hope for the future. ?
— J. Shaka (@jjshaka) May 30, 2019
So the students are smarter than the administration. Hope for the future.
— My Boss Sucks (@nivratsmom) May 30, 2019
There’s still hope left for humanity
— 5Dried Grams (@gullynoey) May 30, 2019
The replies from pearl-clutching leftists are worth your time. *smh* https://t.co/7E34KdbntM
— Karen Townsend (@penguinponders) May 30, 2019
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