Whiny McWhinerson Whines About Medill

Far be it from me to defend the Medildos, but seriously, you cannot just:

But as my summer in D.C. progressed, I realized certain discrepancies that not only plague the media as a whole, but Medill too.

People often complain about media bias. They say media outlets only
cater to the right or the left; that there is no media objectivity
anymore. Perhaps, they are right. After spending some time on the Hill,
it seems like the media and Congress reflect each other. There is no
middle ground.

For the record, I fall on the political right.

A) You certainly didn’t learn sentence structure during your summer in D.C.

B) You fall on the political right? On purpose? That seems kind of mean.

Medill preaches, above all else, that if our integrity as
journalists is compromised, we lose our credibility. But to have
teachers openly criticize a conservative news network with such
animosity and have some faculty members financially contribute to Obama
smacks of arrogance.

I understand I am an outlier among my graduate classmates when it
comes to my political views. I was called a “lone wolf” by one
professor for having conservative views. I often hear professors, guest
speakers and classmates mock Fox’s “fair and balanced” slogan. What I
am forced to ask is whether it’s ethical for some of a journalism
school’s professors to participate in such a culture. The culture of
any organization comes from the top down. When the top leans strongly
one-way, a trickledown will surely spill into thelearningenvironment.

Yes. You’re such a rebel. You’re so put-upon. How can you ever possibly survive in the hostile environment of a rich private journalism school? Why, it’s almost like you were dropped naked into the Amazon with only an ice pick to defend yourself. Yawn.

Seriously, I’m about equally offended by this guy’s complaining (which is then dutifully posted all over large media-watch blogs because ZOMG CONSERVATIVES ARE THE NEW COUNTERCULTURE) and his writing in general. “When the top leans strongly one-way, a trickledown will surely spill into the learning environment?” Ow. This guy’s not doing your recruiters any favors, Northwestern. If this is how they write AFTER your intervention, how the hell do they get admitted in the first place?

He goes on at length about political donations to various candidates from professors, which is a thing that comes up about every six months on journalism boards and people bitch back and forth and get back to work. Evidence of a political donation is not evidence of bias. The possession of an opinion is not evidence of bias, either. This guy’s claiming a hostile environment for conservatives based on the mocking of Fox News, but really, if you’re running a journalism program and NOT mocking Fox News in the classroom, I don’t see how you’re doing your job at all.

Schmuck.Via Romenesko, where the comments from defensive Medill grads should make this one for the ages.

A.

8 thoughts on “Whiny McWhinerson Whines About Medill

  1. Jude says:

    The culture of any organization comes from the top down.
    O RLY?
    I believe that statement, in polite circles, is called an “unfounded assertion.” Around here, though, we call it “bullshit.”
    Now, a more accurate sentence for Captain McTool to write would be “As a bootlicking authoritarian, I would love to believe that the culture of any organization comes from the top down; oh, how I pray that such is the case.”

  2. Now, a more accurate sentence for Captain McTool to write would be “As a bootlicking authoritarian, I would love to believe that the culture of any organization comes from the top down; oh, how I pray that such is the case.”
    Jude FTW
    .

  3. MapleStreet says:

    As academic institutions are supposed to promote free inquiry, and they even call it “liberal arts degree”, why should it surprise him that there are liberal thinkers in academia?
    That hardly makes him the “counterculture” when the money and power / political machine are conservative.

  4. whet moser says:

    So, let me get this straight:
    1. Journalism profs should be “objective.”
    2. Medill profs aren’t objective.
    3. You can tell is that they make fun of Fox News for being clearly partisan.
    Fuck what the dude learned in J-school, I blame his undergrad teachers, who clearly failed him in neglecting to teach him how to write a coherent argument.

  5. pansypoo says:

    they can’t admit their bias to prefer stoopid.

  6. montag says:

    Ah, well, maybe this kid will get lucky and Tucker Carlson will hire him as a stringer. That will give him an opportunity for a real life lesson in how to handle disappointment and disillusionment when the Daily Caller goes belly up (as do all of Carlson’s ventures).
    As for that top-down culture stuff, the only place that happens is in corporations, so, we know what his bias is…

  7. He’s just mad that he spent $60K for a year to learn his “trade.” And then, once in the real world, figured out he never needed to spend $60K!
    Schmuck, indeed.
    SP

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