What are they putting in the water at the University of Missouri?
It started with a hunger strike, grew larger until several of the school’s football players said they would boycott team activities if the school president didn’t resign due to allegedly mishandling racial issues at the school.
What happened after that is just bizarre.
Mizzou president Timothy Wolfe announced his resignation on Monday after members of the school’s 4-5 football team announced they would boycott team activities unless the school acceded to certain demands surrounding racial equality. Unsurprisingly, Wolfe’s resignation did little to quell the mob.
On Monday afternoon, activists who had demanded Wolfe’s resignation abruptly demanded that media stop covering their activities on the public campus of the taxpayer-funded university. At the center of those demands was Melissa Click, an assistant professor of mass media within Mizzou’s communications department.
“You need to get out, you need to get out,” Melissa Click demanded of the person filming the protest. “You need to get out,” she continued before trying to grab the camera out of the videographer’s hands.
“I actually don’t,” the journalist told Click.
“Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here,” the media professor then hysterically exclaimed to the assembled mob. “I need some muscle over here!”
That wasn’t the only run-in university staff had with reporters. A student journalist was told to “respect the students.”
When he stated that he was, in fact, a student, the crowd tried to order him to back up. He refused.
That’s when someone in the crowd said, “Alright, then we’ll just block you.”
The whole bizarre situation on video:
Seriously, from the outside it looks like the students were winning. The University president resigned as a result of this, but that wasn’t enough apparently. We can get that. What we don’t get is this bizarre attitude toward the media.
These people are protesting on a publicly funded university campus. They’re doing it out in the open. What is with the demands for privacy?
Protest movements gain success by drawing attention to an issue. With people like Click trying to push away the media, they’re screaming, “Don’t give us any attention!”
Of course, that’s a far cry from what Click was saying earlier.
— Kevin Hardy (@kevinmhardy) November 10, 2015
Click has since locked her Twitter account. I guess she wanted media coverage until there was media coverage and now just wants everyone to go away.
The question we have is why are these faculty members involved at such a level? Students protesting is fine. Students do things like that after all. However, these faculty members are protesting their own employer while drawing a paycheck from said employer. Are we the only ones who see this?
Not that Click should keep her job anyways. You’d think a professor who teaches about the media would understand a little thing called the First Amendment. That whole Freedom of the Press thing is a real bummer for your super-secret protest movement that everyone can see, isn’t it?
What are your thoughts on all this? Tell us in the comments.