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The fight over disinvitations, in which public figures are invited to speak on college campuses and then uninvited because of student backlash, is several years old now. There is nothing to be said about them that has not been said before, and that also goes for the recent disinvitation of journalist Lisa Daftari from Rutgers University. Andrea Vacchiano, a School of Arts and Sciences senior, wrote an op-ed for The Daily Targum entitled “Lisa Daftari is not Islamophobic, deserves to speak.”
During the Kavanagh hearings last week, one of my friend’s Facebook posts caught my eye. It read: “Men are bad,” followed by a comment that clarified, “Yes, all men.” After a few men left question marks, someone commented that their reluctance to shoulder collective responsibility for Kavanagh’s crimes made them “part of the problem.” This exchange seemed to sum up an argument that is becoming more and more popular in woke circles: Men, if they want to be viewed as politically enlightened, must admit that they belong to a wicked sex and carry themselves with the requisite amount of shame. Anything less than that, and they are the enemy.
It is no slur, nor do I believe that it is too much of a generalization, to say that avid consumers of The New York Times, The Washington Post and other organs of the liberal, cosmopolitan consensus tend to make up a large part of the managerial class that formulates and enacts policy in our nation. Ideally, these periodicals can serve as valuable tools for educating a governing class in public policy issues of the day. Unfortunately, our fonts of elite journalism have increasingly become the sights of elite conspiracy-theorizing, where respected journalists and political analysts debase themselves daily in pursuit of a narrative balm to soothe the scars that President Donald J. Trump’s election has inflicted on the managerial class’s psyche. I am talking, of course, about the Russian Meddling story.