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Sunday, March 5, 2017

All Conversation, Dialogue, Discussion Is Over On University Campuses

BREAKING: Campus Radicals Riot 

Against Free Speech, Attack

 Conservatives, Professor

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Charles Murray is one of America's preeminent political scientists. Few have 
spent more time trying to understand poverty in America. Murray has studied
 the American welfare system and the industrial decay that took down the 
Rust Belt. He's a figure that should be compelling to students on both the 
left and the right.

But at Middlebury College, he was treated like a "white nationalist." As the 
Protesters shouted down and physically intimidated Charles Murray, the

 prominent conservative political scientist, at Middlebury College on

Thursday evening.

The demonstrators attacked Murray and a professor, Allison Stanger, after

disrupting the evening's planned lecture and forcing a change of venue.

One demonstrator yanked Stanger by the hair. The professor was taken to

the emergency room as a result of the assault.

"One of the demonstrators pulled Prof. Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck,"

Bill Burger, the college's vice president of communications and marketing, told the Addison County Independent. "She was attended to at

Porter Hospital later and (on Friday) is wearing a neck brace."

Earlier, scores of protesters took over the lecture hall where Murray was

supposed to speak. When Murray approached the podium, they stood up

and turned their backs on him, drowning out his attempts to speak with

chants, jeers, and a lengthy denunciation of his "hate speech."
It got worse. As the American Enterprise Institute's Christina Hoff Sommers 
the AP 
How did the media react? As the Washington Examiner's Emily Jashinsky 
"College students protest speaker branded white nationalist," read the

Associated Press headline reporting on protests over a lecture by Charles

Murray at Middlebury College in Vermont.

Has Charles Murray been "branded" a "white nationalist?" Yes, that is

factually correct. But its veracity does not in any way necessitate its inclusion

in the headline.

That was a choice, predicated on unfair assumptions about Murray's career.

In fact, the headline is an obvious concession to the AP's decision to frame

the story as a matter of noble student protesters resisting a campus invasion

by some type of hateful bigot intent on spewing his racist propaganda.
Murray is paying the price for questioning left-wing orthodoxy. In the past, his
 work might be grounds for a robust, contentious debate. Now it's clear that
 liberals have decided that the debate is over, and that the college campus
 is the Roman Colosseum, where conservatives are tossed to the lions and
 the frothing mob of an audience indulges their most atomistic impulsees.