Sunday, September 16, 2018

College Student Denied Admission Due To Twitter Follow

               The College Fix reported on Bradley Shear, a lawyer who is representing a teenage client who was denied admission to a “prestigious” college after the school’s admissions officer asked him why he followed Alex Jones, the InfoWars conspiracy theorist, on Twitter. The student didn’t interact with Jones-- nor did he himself promote any conspiracy theories. “He simply followed a controversial personality,” according to The Fix. Shear is hoping to persuade colleges and universities to give up their social-media snooping.
                But, hey, in the meantime, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Jones is a bit of a wacko, but no more so than many other media and entertainment types. Shouldn’t a prospective freshman freshperson who follows, say, Joy Behar on Twitter be denied admission to any self-respecting institution of higher learning? Anyone who religiously watches Rachel Madcow Maddow (speaking of conspiracy theorists) has no business applying to Stanford or Notre Dame, for example. Similarly, a person who has professed admiration for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortes, Maxine Waters or Bernie Sanders could be rightfully banned from attending any “prestigious” university, right? If a student answers the question, “Would you, if you could, vote for Nancy Pelosi?” in the affirmative, they should logically be denied entrance to every community college in the nation.
                What’s more, I believe that, if a youngster has watched a Rosie O’Donnell movie or more than five episodes of The View, he/she/they should be kicked out of school, made to perform 80 hours of community service while wearing a “MAGA” hat, and be sentenced to an all-tofu diet for 60 consecutive days.
                If that youngster has watched, follows, or knows the names of CNN’s Jim Acosta, Chris Cuomo or Don Lemon……an “after-birth abortion” should not be too hastily ruled out.
                Either we all defend The First Amendment, or we all pay the consequences. In institutions of “higher education,” that sentiment should be a no-brainer.  

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