Phi Beta Cons

One-Sided Union Rag

The March/April edition of the (union) AFT’s “On Campus” critiqued David Horowitz’s 101 Most Dangerous Professors.  Editor/author Barbara McKenna also touted a letter signed by all members of the Brooklyn School of Education criticizing history professor KC Johnson – for his audacity in speaking out against the school’s handling of the dispositions issue.
Since McKenna’s article attacked Johnson without even having interviewed me about the issue, he defended himself in a letter to the editor. McKenna refused to publish it, on grounds it “dispute[d] other information we collected from students and employees at Brooklyn College.”
Writes KC: “This approach to journalism is certainly novel: speak only to one side, overlook even all published material from neutral sources on the case, and then decline a letter to the editor on the grounds that it contradicts material published in the original article.”
I too was mentioned in this edition of the AFT rag, but knowing that those who dissent from its party line can’t get a fair hearing, I did not bother to respond.

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