March 8, 2014

Juan Williams Calls Out ‘Disgraceful Double Standard’ In Rutgers’ Faculty Opposition to Condi Rice As Commencement Speaker

Few have defended the Obama administration, and especially Obamacare, as vocally and in my view often unreasonably, as Fox News’s Juan Williams. He has gone so far as to call Republican Party opposition to Obamacare its “original sin,” and absurdly claimed that “massive opposition” from Republicans is what forced HealthCare.gov’s rushed rollout.

One blind spot Williams does not have involves how consistently horribly leftists treat African-American conservatives, or even African-Americans who an occasional sensibly conservative thought. One reason the left is so brazen in its persecution attempts is its knowledge that no matter how uncivil or unreasonable, their attempts will almost never gain wide exposure in the nation’s establishment press. The latest example concerns calls by the faculty at Rutgers University to prevent former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from her scheduled appearance as commencement speaker there this year. Williams expressed his outrage in a Thursday Fox News column (HT Hot Air; bolds are mine):

Rutgers rage against Rice — why do liberals have so much hate for black conservatives?

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… apparently the first African-American woman to serve as National Security Adviser and the nation’s Secretary of State doesn’t have what it takes to be honored by Rutgers.

Rice holds a Ph.D. in political science. She has taught college for decades. She was Provost of Stanford University. She worked her way up from a working-class family in the segregated South to the highest echelon of world power and politics.

But according to the Rutgers faculty council, all of that is negated by her service in President George W. Bush’s administration.

They cited her roles in pushing the false claim of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. They also point to her support for using enhanced interrogation techniques to get information from terror suspects.

The facts are right. The conclusion is wrong.

Let’s stop right there to remind readers that Condi Rice and the Bush 43 administration were not wrong about weapons of mass destruction (links here, here, here, and here).

Continuing:

I’ve experienced some of this vitriol firsthand when I have veered by liberal orthodoxy. I wrote about it in my book “Muzzled – the Assault on Honest Debate.”

This shunning of Rice is especially troubling coming from a great American university. This is the place where debate and dissenting views are to be valued as sacred.

Rice is the most famous Republican woman politician in the country. She gave the best speech of the 2012 Republican National Convention and, despite her lack of interest in political office, still gets mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate for 2016.

If she is truly on the fence about a White House run, I would suggest she go for it if for no other reason than to rub it in the faces of these pompous jackass professors.

Now let’s get to Williams’s direct experience with leftist backlash when an African-American goes off the reservation for even a moment, found in the description of the book noted above:

Prize-winning Washington journalist Juan Williams was unceremoniously dismissed by NPR for speaking his mind and saying what many Americans feel—that he gets nervous when boarding airplanes with passengers dressed in Muslim garb. NPR banished the veteran journalist in an act of political correctness that ultimately sparked nationwide outrage

NewsBusters covered Williams’s October 2010 firing in several posts during the next several months (examples here, here, here and here).

As seen here in a Google News search on Rice’s name, the number of stories covering the faculty intolerance at Rutgers is fairly small. Establishment press coverage appears to be limited to outlets based in News Jersey. A search on “Rutgers Rice” (not in quotes) at the Associated Press’s national site returns nothing relevant.

So far, it appears that Rutgers’s administration is standing firm. We’ll see if it lasts.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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