This article is sophistic and deceptive. In the opening line:
“A week ago, Milo Yiannopoulos went to the University of Washington. Protesters and supporters assembled, and one of Yiannopoulos’ fans shot a protester in the stomach.”
Mr. Perry is not telling the whole truth about this incident because he is trying to create the impression that a Milo fan shot a peaceful protestor in the stomach in cold blood. The shooter claims to have shot in self-defense. There are eye witness accounts that corroborate this story. There is also a video that seems to show a scuffle going on before the shooting takes place.
While the evidence is inconclusive, the author has not provided a fair representation of the facts. The rest of the piece uses similar manipulative techniques, such as citing a study subjectively asking conservative college professors if they are “happy” as if that serves a rebuttal to the undeniable leftist stranglehold on academia.
This line toward the end is also very disingenuous: “ But given that President Donald Trump tweeted a threat to withhold funding if Berkeley doesn’t let people like Yiannopoulos speak” That’s not what Donald Trump said. The tweet said “If U.C. Berkeley does not allow free speech and practices violence on innocent people with a different point of view — NO FEDERAL FUNDS?” (Emphasis mine)
Mr. Perry left out part of Trump’s tweet because the threat to withhold federal money from an institution of higher learning that can’t hear a dissenting point of view without setting itself on fire is actually pretty reasonable.
I wouldn’t condone the use of federal law to effect changes in how academic institutions are run, but this article is a good example of why some people think such steps are necessary. Arguing with leftists in 2017 is like arguing with a biblical presuppositionalist, they just assume they’re right and they won’t entertain any other point of view.
Milo is a moderately provocative news commentator who rejects cultural marxism. The left responds to this with violent temper tantrums and Molotov cocktails.