Meet Melissa Click. Assistant Professor of Mass Media at the University of Missouri, and woman who was caught on video asking for “muscle” in order to physically remove a reporter from reporting on a story in a public place. Yes ladies and gentleman, welcome to America’s college campuses.
If you haven’t seen this video, you must watch it immediately, and trust me, you need to watch it from beginning to end to truly understanding how dangerous Melissa’s Click’s request is. She is essentially advocating a mob of student inflict violence upon another student merely for taking pictures in public.
Thanks to this, what began as protests against systemic racism at the school has morphed into another prime example of how college campuses have devolved into ignorant, pro-censorship intellectual wastelands.
Now that you’ve watched the video, here’s some background on the incident and the key players involved from the New York Times:
Tim Tai, a student photographer on freelance assignment for ESPN, was trying to take photos of a small tent city that protesters had created on a campus quad. Concerned Student 1950, an activist group that formed to push for increased awareness and action around racial issues on campus, did not want reporters near the encampment.
Reporters are supposed to go precisely where they are not wanted. Was “Concerned Student 1950” also opposed to reporters trying to get near the front lines during the Ferguson protests? The police demanded their space as well, and by these students’ twisted, infantile logic, the police should get their way.
Protesters blocked Mr. Tai’s view and argued with him, eventually pushing him away. At one point, they chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, reporters have got to go.”
Yes, in 2015 students are so mentally damaged that they think it’s rebellious and brave to chant slogans against the First Amendment.
“What is so hard about respecting our wishes?” one protester asked.
“Because I have a job to do,” Mr. Tai answered. That elicited a retort: “We don’t care about your job.”
As the video nears its end, the person taking the video, Mark Schierbecker, emerged from the scrum and approached a woman, later identified as an assistant professor of mass media, Melissa Click, close to the tents. When he revealed that he was a journalist, Ms. Click appeared to grab at his camera.
She then yelled, “Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here.”
This woman should be filing for unemployment benefits yesterday.
As the video circulated online, Mr. Tai, who won an award in June for Best Single Photograph in a college journalism awards program, received widespread support, much of it from members of the news media.
Indeed, this is what Mr. Tai generously had to say about the incident on Twitter:
I don’t have any ill will toward the people in the video. I think they had good intentions though I’m not sure why it resorted to shoving.
— Tim Tai (@nonorganical) November 10, 2015
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