October 09, 2012
Picking Winners and Losers...
These days, everyone's getting in on the action!
It's no secret that academia is largely made up of liberal Democrats. But the University of Wisconsin made it painfully obvious when President Obama came to speak at a campaign rally on campus Thursday."My reaction to President Obama's visit has gone from unease, to mild irritation, to serious concern," political science Professor Kenneth Mayer wrote in an email to university administrators. "In a very real sense, we are forcing them (students) to become participants in the campaign and express their support for the campaign."
In order to get a ticket for the speech, students were forced to go to Mr. Obama's campaign website and pledge their support for the president—in the process giving the Obama campaign a gold mine of contact information in a key swing state. The university even provided direct links to the website—free advertising to 40,000 students in one of Mr. Obama's most important demographics.
Florida Republicans are outraged after a school district allowed a pro-Obama organization to conduct student voter registration drives and deliver speeches to classes – but denied the Romney campaign similar opportunities.
Pasco County Schools confirmed to Fox News that volunteers from Organizing For America were given access to as many as a half dozen high school and middle school campuses.
“They did register students to vote,” spokesman John Mann told Fox News. “We don’t know how many children were registered – (but) we have an ongoing investigation.”
According to email correspondence obtained by Fox News, volunteers tried to infiltrate at least three other school campuses – but on-campus officials rebuffed those efforts.
In addition to voter registration, a former teacher was allowed to deliver Obama speeches to a number of senior high school students.
“She got into six classrooms and gave pro-Obama speeches – like way off to the left,” said James Mathieu, general counsel for the Pasco County Republican Party. “That got out to parents and parents complained.”
No wonder Obama wants to hire more teachers :p
Posted by Cassandra at October 9, 2012 05:56 AM
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If the students have any of the sense of rebellion that I'm used to seeing in 18-21-year-olds, this kind of thing can backfire. It's easier to keep the propaganda one-sided if you're not quite so obvious -- you know, just keep presenting ideas in the classroom as "accepted wisdom" and "settled science," and give better grades for the "correct" views. Even college students know there are two candidates in a campaign, and may notice if they hear speeches about one but not the other. Especially these days, when they get a chance to see them both on TV at the same time, unedited.
Posted by: Texan99 at October 9, 2012 10:17 AM
PS -- Who lost control of Prof. Mayer, by the way? I'll bet he's not finding life very comfortable this week.
Posted by: Texan99 at October 9, 2012 10:18 AM
Probably the same *village* that lost it's idiot four years ago.
Posted by: Snarkammando at October 9, 2012 12:44 PM