[Marxism] Fwd: Three Tales of Moral Corrosion | by Masha Gessen | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
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On a mostly different note, Chelsea Manning, the former soldier who
spent seven years behind bars for leaking classified information, had
her fellowship offer rescinded by Harvard. Former White House press
secretary Sean Spicer and former Trump campaign manager Corey
Lewandowski, who were meant to be Manning’s short-term classmates at the
Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics, still have their fellowships.
Harvard’s decision was precipitated by a flurry of protests against
Manning’s fellowship, including the withdrawal of the CIA director, Mike
Pompeo, from a Harvard forum.
Let’s linger on this for a second: the head of the nation’s spy agency
has pressured the country’s most prestigious private university into
reversing an academic appointment. If any pressure was exerted on
Harvard to withdraw its offer to Lewandowski, who has been accused of
attacking a female reporter and was filmed grabbing a Trump rally
protester by the collar, or to Spicer, who repeatedly lied to the
American public as the president’s spokesman, it was unsuccessful. Nor,
certainly, could any such pressure have come from quarters as powerful
as the CIA, not even close. Any political figure who advocated that
Harvard refuse an association with an open ruffian or a public liar
would certainly be accused of attempting to stifle free speech.
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