And the Fox News Inquiry. Lolz.

Of course Faux News has oh-so-coincidentally picked up on a rinky-dink “concern-trolling tabloid.” And when a Fox News “associate editor” sends you this email:

Parke, Caleb <>

Dr. Fair,

Fox News is doing a story based on this report from Campus Reform:

Would you like to comment?

Are you fair to students who support President Trump in your classes?

My deadline is 2:15 pm EDT.

Thank you,

Caleb Parke

Associate Editor

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….He gets this response:

Mr. Parke
First, I don’t work on your deadline. I have various responsibilities and obligations all of which take precedence over a query from your so-called news network.
Second, my twitter feed is my personal feed. No one is forced to follow my feed. If a student chooses to follow me, that is her prerogative. What sort of a bogus publication makes a hullabaloo out of a private person’s opinion?

Third, I do not follow my students’ social media feeds and I do not ask them their opinions about contemporary politics in class. How would I know if someone supports the current occupant in the White House and his: mendacity; white supremacist-pandering, misogynist, racist, x-phobic agenda; proclivities to abuse women; vilifying of our law enforcement and intelligence agencies while engaging in wanton acts of obstruction of justice; malicious indifference to the rule of law among other noxious positions such as snatching children from their parents and putting them in detention camps, inducing life-long trauma? How would I know? Why would I care?

Fourth, my exams are empirical and fact-based. There are appeals processes should a student feel aggrieved in my assessments. I have been teaching since 2009 and I have never been accused of being unfair to students nor has any student challenged a grade. My teaching evaluations are consistently high and students remark upon the fairness of my assessments. Grading is transparent as I go through the exams in class and explain what was required for full credit on each answer. There is no mystery.

Fifth, I devote a considerable amount of time helping my students get jobs even when they explain to me that their political leanings differ from my own. I maintain a healthy set of contacts of all political persuasions on LinkedIn for the exclusive use of my students. I do not ask my students about their politics before helping them with their job search. In short, I am the absolute opposite of our vituperative, vindictive, and punitive president.

Finally, the words of a former student best answer your question. You should actually ask him for further comment:…/in-defense-of-christin…/

Also, professors have a right a safe work environment. I’m happy to point out sources on the safety threats that professors face in this country from students and outside organizations seeking to “target them” as your news network does routinely. Your efforts to muckrake and undermine the safety of my classroom and that of others who reject your ideology is shameful.

Now, if you will excuse me, I must get back to my numerous obligations.


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