[Marxism] HOROWITZ ON THE COLORADO TEACHER

James Zarichny zarichny at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 3 20:25:34 MST 2006


http://mediamatters.org/items/200603030013 


Horowitz: "There are 50,000 professors ... [who]
identify with the terrorists"
Summary: On MSNBC's Scarborough Country, right-wing
activist David Horowitz claimed that "[t]here are
50,000 professors" who are "anti-American" and
"identify with the terrorists." There are just over
400,000 tenured and tenure-track full-time university
professors in the United States. If Horowitz's numbers
are accurate, that means approximately one out of
every eight tenured or tenure-track college and
university professors is a terrorist sympathizer.
On the March 2 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough Country,
right-wing activist David Horowitz claimed that
"[t]here are 50,000 professors" who are
"anti-American" and "identify with the terrorists."
Horowitz, the president of Students for Academic
Freedom and a proponent of an "Academic Bill of
Rights" for American universities, is the author of
The Professors: The 101 Most Dangerous Academics in
America (Regnery, January 2006). 
According to statistics from the Department of
Education, there are just over 400,000 tenured and
tenure-track full-time university professors* in the
United States. If Horowitz's numbers are accurate,
that means approximately one out of every eight
tenured or tenure-track college and university
professors is a terrorist sympathizer.
>From the March 2 edition of MSNBC's Scarborough
Country:
MICHAEL SMERCONISH (guest host): David Horowitz, you
wrote a book, your new book where you expose this on
college campuses. Do you think what we're talking
about now is symptomatic of what's going on across the
country or is this an aberration?
HOROWITZ: There are 50,000 professors with the views
of [fellow Scarborough Country guest and Citizens for
Legitimate Government founder Michael] Rectenwald and
[Colorado high school teacher] Jay Bennish, who are
anti-American, they're radicals, they identify with
the terrorists, they think of them as freedom
fighters. It's a huge danger for the country. And I
tell you, if there was a Christian teacher who was
ranting in that way against abortion in the classroom,
they would be toast.
Bennish is accused of issuing, during a class, what
Horowitz has described as "a Communist political rant
on the evils of America, capitalism and George Bush in
that order." Bennish has been suspended from his job
pending an investigation; Horowitz wrote: "May his
suspension last a long time and be a warning to other
teachers who think that abusing their students serves
a higher cause."
*Tenured and tenure-track professorships are,
according to Horowitz, the positions of significance
on college and university campuses. He wrote in an
April 2003 column for FrontPageMag.com, of which he is
editor-in-chief: "Now it is virtually impossible for a
vocal conservative to be hired for a tenure-track
position on a faculty anywhere, or to receive tenure
if so hired. The conservative faculty members I
encounter who have achieved this feat, invariably tell
me that they were forced to keep their political
orientation to themselves until they achieved tenure.
Alternatively, they were hired and tenured twenty
years ago before the left secured its grip on the
hiring process." 
—S.S.M.



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