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Video: Mizzou Protesters Are Strong Enough to Depose a President but too Weak to Talk to the Press?

I’ve got a piece on the University of Missouri nonsense on the home page, but I had to comment on this additional news item — apparently the Mizzou student protesters are brave enough to take down a university president but too delicate to face the press:

The protest got underway when graduate student Jonathan Butler went on a hunger strike one week ago after Wolfe refused to engage with students upset over the incidents while he was sitting in the backseat of a car during a homecoming event. On Saturday, Butler was joined by the Mizzou football team, which said it would not participate in any activity until Butler resumed eating.

“Thank you Jesus for sparing his life!” cried one protester when Wolfe resigned and Butler’s hunger strike ended. Students began chanting slogans of solidarity before breaking out in several choruses of “We Shall Overcome.”

Then they turned their attention to the press, forming a human chain around the quad where protesters had been camping out for the past week.

“No comment!” they chanted as at least one held a sign saying, “No Media, Safe Space.”

The students pushed and shoved reporters and cameramen to prevent them from breaking through and interviewing protesters on the quad, including Butler.

“We calling the police because you aren’t respecting us,” shouted one protester at a member of the media, as the protesters linked arms and moved in a phalanx to push the press further back, all the way to the perimeter of the quad.

And here’s video of the incident:

The entire notion that these students need a “safe space” is a lie. They aren’t weak. They don’t need protection. They’re engaged in a classic struggle for power — for now against weak, ineffectual, and cowardly opposition. Why would they debate when they’ve proven they can dictate terms? Why would they answer tough questions when they have no satisfactory answers? So they simply push the press away, and the press meekly complies. Pathetic.

David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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