Missouri Professor and Administrator Captured on Tape Leading Attacks On Journalists Trying To Cover Protests

Screen-Shot-2015-11-10-at-6.41.56-PM-620x375The controversy surrounding the resigned of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe this week. Critics continue to debate whether Wolfe acted in a way that warranted demands for his removal while others view racial incidents on campus as the fault of the Administration. This is a worthy debate for any university. However, a recent incident should raise equally determined calls for the removal of school officials who appear to have led attacks on the media and free speech as part of student protests. Mass communications professor Melissa Click has since apologized for disgraceful conduct in attacking the media — a curious act by a mass communications professor and the antithesis of an academic committed to free speech.

A confrontation occurred as journalists, including students journalists, simply tried to cover the event. They were set upon by protesters threatening them and telling them to leave. Tim Tai, 20, is a senior at the university working on a freelance assignment for ESPN, went to the protesters’ tent encampment. Protesters insisted that he had no right to cover the event and chanted “Hey hey! Ho ho! Reporters have got to go!”

One school administrator, identified as Janna Basler, the school’s director of Greek life and leadership, is seen on the video confronting Tai. When he asks her name, Basler refused to identify herself — a problem for a school official on campus harassing a journalist. Instead, she say “I am Concerned Student 1950,” a reference to the name of the African-American group leading the protests.

Near the end of the video, another adult, identified as assistant professor of mass media Melissa Click, tells another reporter, “You need to get out.” She appears to call on other protesters to help force out the journalist. She is heard saying “Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here.”

That is a disgrace and should have immediately raised calls for the review of both of these employees for discipline. What they were doing was joining voices of intolerance and abuse. They are the very antithesis of the mission of all academics.

Click has now apologized, stating “I regret the language and strategies I used, and sincerely apologize to the MU campus community, and journalists at large, for my behavior, and also for the way my actions have shifted attention away from the students’ campaign for justice.”

There is no word about Basler. The concern is the double standard at our universities. We have discussed that controversy at the University of California and Boston University, where there have been criticism of a double standard, even in the face of criminal conduct. Here you have a communications professor and an administrator seem encouraging protesters in denying a student the ability to work as a journalist on campus. Yet, there is no outcry and demands for review, let alone termination. There is a serious diminishment of free speech occurring on our campuses where a new orthodoxy is rising in the enforcement of preferred speech and positions. The intolerance shown opposing views threatens the very essence of our intellectual traditions and values. The video below vividly shows that trend.

118 thoughts on “Missouri Professor and Administrator Captured on Tape Leading Attacks On Journalists Trying To Cover Protests”

  1. this red haired ginger freak is a doctor,yeah right,im proud to inform yall this bitch got fired,but what troubles me te most is all the white women supporting the blatant slandering and hate against their fathers and brothers.can these white bitches be trusted anymore?they seem to always side with the people who want us eradicated.i cant believe all the trouble I had trying to get accepted into university,and I look at these limp wristed myopic morons it angers me,because I know I am smarter than most of them.liberal arts need to be abolished as well as these leftist feminazis and their negro police.change is inevitable but not the kind of change you liberals are expecting like the unemployment line.

  2. bam bam, my computer froze up while replying so hopefully this comment doesn’t post twice. First of all I don’t see how questioning the official narrative equates to lack of compassion. The families of the Benghazi incident are still questioning years later. They simply want the truth. It may be trite but it’s profound nonetheless; “The truth shall set us free”. Given that, everyone benefits from the truth.

    Secondly, although 120 plus or minus deaths is tragic indeed, that is NOTHING compared to the world war that is on the horizon. Us demonized, ridiculed, and dehumanized truthers KNOW that 911 and many other events are leading us toward that faster and faster.

    As we sit here France is now bombing Syria, against international law. Syria is a sovereign country and only Russia has a right to be there, having been invited by President Assad. Like it or not Assad was elected and is very popular in Syria. We are barreling toward another Iraq and Libya. Iraq had 4.5 million orphans, widows, and children asking “Why are they killing us?”. NO WMDs were ever found. This is OUR collective doing.

    Listen to the words of General Wesley Clark post 911:
    General Wesley Clark: The US will attack 7 countries in 5 years

    Do you honestly think that main stream media is going to give you this information? Or am I simply a tin foil hat conspiracy theorist?

    And this time please watch the video. It’s only about 7 minutes long. Unless you really believe that you’ll be wasting your precious time.

  3. bam, I respect your anger and indignation. Of course, if I had friends or family who were victims I would have a much different attitude. I am not lauding Hildy, I busted on her. I see Hildy as harmless. I have a group of guys in both Madison and San Diego that I spend time w/. They are homeless and semi homeless. They have all types of issues. I don’t hang w/ the mean ones, the ones who rant, the angry ones. But, I do buy coffee, meals, cigs, for the different guys. I listen to them, bust on them when they tell stories like Hildy, and just try and give them some camaraderie. I call them my Hobo Squad. Hildy angers you. I understand that. What she has said so far does not anger me. I’m not going to feign anger. I’m not going to be angry because you are. To each their own, bam. To each their own.

  4. Nick

    If one of your precious loved ones had his and/or her life extinguished at what this person claims were hoaxes or staged theatre–either at Fort Hood or in Paris yesterday–I would be willing to bet my last thin dime that you wouldn’t be lauding her irresponsible, disrespectful and callous remarks about those who lost their lives due to terrorism. Plain and simple. You wouldn’t be heaping praise for being different if that quest to be different hit home. I, personally, don’t need to have a friend or a loved one lose his and/or her life to an incident of terrorism to feel, profoundly, for the loss. Praise and support are not in order for such unrepentant and disgraceful lies being promulgated by those with more than a few loose screws. Let the nuts say what they will. I, for one, refuse to remain silent.

  5. Hildegard, You obviously don’t know me well. I’ll praise you or criticize you based on what you say. Although I find many of your ideas, let’s say..out of the mainstream, I like people who are different. You don’t seem to take the ball busting personally, and that also makes me like you.

    1. Nick, Hey thanks for that! And don’t worry about it. Visiting any blog site is basically asking for it. I wouldn’t be surprised if Paul C. and Bam Bam aren’t digging up a few of my own ball busters. In the words of W.C. Fields, “Don’t do as I do. Do as I say. I only point the way.”

  6. I did watch the video–sadly, minutes of my life that I’ll never recover. What only very warped, twisted and conspiracy theory delusional minds view as nonchalant use of cellphones during a purported staged and faux attack, the majority of us view as frantic attempts to contact the authorities or reach out to loved ones or friends, where those phone calls may be the last time to speak before death. Nothing sinister or suspect about the use of cellphones during a catastrophe, where some still had the strength and the stamina to act in the only way that they could.

    Most of us do not whittle our precious lives away in some dark and dank basement, creating subterfuges for heinous crimes. As such, as difficult as it is to grasp, some people do, in fact, have sufficient upper body strength which would allow them to hang from a window opening, especially when adrenaline is racing through their systems. Those donning tin foil caps, who confine themselves to the basement, with little to no outside interaction, may not comprehend that fact. Some of us indulge in exercise, and that exercise isn’t confined to tapping away on a keyboard.

    Nothing about the clip appears suspect. You owe the families and friends of those massacred an apology for your audacity to declare this a game or production of some sort. Yeah, some of us take the willful, disrespectful and callous words about murdered innocents personally. Some of us are just crazy like that.

    Unless George Soros was actively involved, his name, tossed about, is a red herring.

    1. “Those donning tin foil caps, who confine themselves to the basement, with little to no outside interaction, may not comprehend that fact. Some of us indulge in exercise, and that exercise isn’t confined to tapping away on a keyboard.”

      Something you’re imagining based on ….. what?

      It’s not clear whether this is a false flag or a hoax and there’s a big difference. Sandy Hook was a hoax. No one died and even the FBI stats for Newtown Ct in the month of Dec. 2012 show zero murders. That is a fact speaking of facts, but there are volumes of other facts. 911 was false flag as described here:

      “False flag or black flag describes covert operations that are designed to deceive in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by entities, groups, or nations other than those who actually planned and executed them.”

      Might as well get the terms straight. Again, I don’t really understand the loathing directed toward me or others who question whether the authorities are telling us the whole truth especially when we’ve been lied to so much. Why the lack of tolerance for even questioning? So you watched the video and had a different conclusion. I’ve agreed with you on many things and was in the process of writing a reply to that effect on one of your other comments when I received the lashing. Is this a country now where we aren’t allowed to question and look for evidence and draw our own conclusions without being ridiculed? Or is it only certain things we’re allowed to question?

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