In a most ironically titled publication of the American Federation of Teachers, “Academic Freedom Forum,” AFT managing editor Barbara McKenna lumps me and David Horowitz in the same category with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
In “Name that zealot,” McKenna coyly gives AFT readers a multiple-choice question. She directs them to choose whether I, Horowitz or the president of Iran said: “Today, students should shout at the president and ask why liberal and secular university lecturers are present in the universities.”
After piling on misinformation designed to associate me and Horowitz with Ahmadinejad’s “crackdown on free speech in Iranian higher education” and “his campaign to restrict [students’] academic freedom,” McKenna brings the fun and games to a close by acknowledging that it was the Iranian president who, in fact, uttered the fanatic directive.
It would seem that that the AFT is in the hands of people so confused and blinded by the leftist “party line” that they cannot distinguish between an anti-Semitic despot who supports terrorism and true liberals such as Horowitz and me, who object to the current despotism on campuses.
The AFT, with more than one million members, is a trade union representing workers in education, health care, and public service. How pitiful that the public image of these many fine professionals should be tarnished by their very unprofessional leaders, who mindlessly stoop to such reckless, malicious rhetoric. How pitiful, in particular, that academicians permit themselves to be represented by such a leadership.