Journalist Fired Over Blog Post Questioning Liberal Orthodoxy


Naomi Schaefer Riley is an editor and author who had a part time job writing about two posts per week for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Brainstorm” blog. Ms. Riley is no longer employed by the Chronicle because she dared to question liberal orthodoxy. Not only are liberals intolerant of opposing opinions, they don’t even believe people have the right to express those opinions. Freedom of speech and civility is a one-way street for the left.

There hadn’t been any complaints about Riley’s contributions to Brainstorm until last week, when she wrote a post critical of university “black studies” programs, in response to a feature article the Chronicle had published on the subject. There had been “not much of a critical voice” in the Chronicle feature, Riley says, and she accurately described several doctoral dissertations by these putative scholars as “a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap.” In reaction to Riley’s criticism, liberals “flipped out” and “lost their ever-living minds,” as Riley’s friend Mollie Hemingway says.

Her editor at the Chronicle “asked me to respond to the criticisms,” Riley told me. Evidently her response provoked even greater outrage and, Riley says, she got a call from an editor Monday informing her that her contributions to the Chronicle were “no longer welcome.” In an editor’s note, Liz McMillen informed readers of the Chronicle that Riley’s contributions “did not conform to the journalistic standards and civil tone that you expect from us.” (Read More)

This reminds me of the Andrew Klavan video from a few years ago called “Shut Up,” watch:

The Other McCain and The Weekly Standard have more information on this incident, and there is also a memeorandum thread.