‘San Francisco Chronicle’ Reprints UCSB’s Lies about Viewpoint Discrimination against Horowitz Event

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Reprinted from TheFire.org.

Reasonable people disagree about a wide variety of things. But sometimes, people just lie or misrepresent the truth. Sadly, a lot of this is happening over at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and the lies are making it into the press.

The documentation is quite clear on the following points:

1.  Student government officials completely denied funding for $2,000 for a David Horowitz event sponsored by the College Republicans, because of opposition to his views and expression. Some of the students stood up for free speech, but they lost to those advocating for “inclusivity.”

2.  A second group of student government officials voted to hide the evidence by suppressing the minutes of the meeting. (Fortunately, we have the minutes anyway and have posted them.)

3.  This second group of student government officials also voted to allocate $1,100 for the event, but only after airing strong denunciations of Horowitz’s views and expression. After the audience erupted in complaints, these student government officials then revisited the question and allocated only $800.

The documentation also is clear on these points:

4.  FIRE brought this viewpoint discrimination to UCSB’s attention on May 6 and June 7, 2011.

5.  On June 21, UCSB Campus Counsel Nancy Greenan Hamill replied that the student government had “approved the requested $800 for security and the Office of Student Life covered the additional $300 requested …. Accordingly, the College Republicans have received the full amount of their $1,100 request.”

In contrast to Hamill’s statement, however, the College Republicans had requested $1,770 that time. And the College Republicans’ account showed no $800, $300, or $1,100 deposit. (I doubt that Hamill was the one lying here; she probably just accepted whatever lies and misrepresentations other people fed to her, even though the truth was not hard to find.)

It was not until October 6 of this year that UCSB released a document showing that $1,800 had been deposited in the College Republicans’ account from UCSB’s After Dark program, split between money from the UCSB Office of Student Life and the student government (the “Associated Students” or AS). That’s when FIRE finally could confirm the truth, which we announced in a nationwide press release on October 10. UCSB had stepped up to its responsibilities in the wake of the viewpoint discrimination by the AS.

Journalist Bob Egelko then wrote about the case in the San Francisco Chronicle on October 13. Egelko made the error of calling FIRE a “conservative” group, which I immediately pointed out to him. Disappointingly, this false characterization has not been corrected.

Egelko got the rest of the facts right. But today the Chronicle ran a curious “correction” that includes at least two lies, based on zero evidence. The entire “correction” reads:

College Republicans reimbursed; Oct. 13; C5
A story about an appearance by conservative author David Horowitz at UC Santa Barbara misstated the student council’s actions on his $1,800 fee. The council approved all the funding it was authorized to provide, $800, and did not withhold any funding because of the speaker’s viewpoint, as the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education alleged. Katya Armistead, assistant dean of students, said the university administration approved on its own the remaining $1,000 from a school security fund.

The first lie here is that the SA was authorized to approve only $800. This idea has no basis in reality. Before the audience eruption, in fact, the SA had already approved $1,100, fully believing it was authorized to do so. Also, the complete denial of funds the first time around is nowhere to be seen in this “correction.”

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  • StephenD

    It's their story and they're sticking to it. Did you think someone with a propensity toward the Left would be fair and balanced? Look at it this way; you bought the San Francisco Chronicle cheap. You got them to expose their bias for the world to see and all it took was this one incident.

  • aspacia

    Keep fighting the good fight against liberal censorship.

    • Herman Caintonette

      You mean, like indulging in conservative viewpoint-based censorship? More than a few of my invariably polite posts have been censored by DH or his minions.

      • Stephen_Brady

        Invariably polite? On the Wall Street thread, you called everyone who disagreed with you "mindless idiots".

        • Herman Caintonette

          Which is mild, compared to the epithets thrown my way — including by you.

        • WilliamJamesWard

          Reading this exchange Stephen I become curious as to how Herman
          got his name. Herman Cain and add tonette (cheap plastic flute) or
          more common to early education a fipple flute. Lefties developed some
          sense of humor in the ages since the garden and slithering around
          giving bad advice………………………………………….William

          • Western Canadian

            HC has offered up his ignorance, jew hating, christian bashing drivel ever since he degraded this site with his presence. He is actually rather boring. Only thing of interest would be wondering if he is a hard left product of a shabby education, or a hard core islamist product of a shabby education.

          • aspacia

            Similar to cigar/cigarette, I read it as Cain Jr. as in Cain and Abel

          • WilliamJamesWard

            I may have this wrong but I thought if a leftist was giving themselves
            a sign it would denigrate someone with conservative values, thus
            Herman Cain the candidate for President (a plastic mouth piece)
            which would be a slur. First though your thought crossed my mind
            also, so it goes…………William

          • aspacia

            Caintonette is a Saudi national, and frankly he does not have our Western mindset, just a we do not have his Islamic mindset.

            I always try to understand the author from her/his background.

      • aspacia

        Caine Jr., you probably violated the posting guidelines; I also periodically violate them as well. I even told one authors to stick a d!ld@ up is self-righteous a$$.

  • Dispozadaburka

    San Francisco elected Nancy Pelosi.
    That should just about explain it all.
    I would make them apologize for their shoddy journalism.

    • steven l

      A super rich democrat.

      • Herman Caintonette

        Shoddy journalism? You mean, there is any other kind?

        • mlcblog

          Yes, the kind done by DH.

          • Herman Caintonette

            FPM doesn't even qualify as "journalism." DH is a propagandist, plain and simple.

          • Western Canadian

            Don’t expect a propogandist like HC to understand what journalism actually consists of. If it doesn’t match his prejudice, it doesn’t count.

      • Dispozadaburka

        nancy pelosi is a super rich democrat.

        I guess she must be missing her new private jet that doesn't need refuling before she reaches California.

        Boo Hoo….Poor Nancy

        • WilliamJamesWard

          That alone may save the treasury, she may have cost the US billions.
          William

  • steven l

    What matters is power. This is a 10,000 year old fact of politics

  • tagalog

    Wait a minute! "Some of the students stood up for free speech, but they lost to those advocating for 'inclusivity.'”

    The students who wanted to include David Horowitz were not able to get him included because he was EXCLUDED by those who advocate INCLUSIVITY?

    I wish George Orwell were still alive; he'd be roaring with laughter.

    Thank you, San Francisco Chronicle, for today's belly laugh. I bet even Herb Caen would be laughing at that.

    • mlcblog

      I think Orwell would be sick to his stomach.

  • mrbean

    Hey! It is the San Francisco Cornholicle. What would you expect from thewe leftists?

  • xlent

    "Inclusivity" A word meaning "I don't care what the truth may be, what I feel about something is all that matters. If truth were actually sought out and adherd to this would be a much better world.

  • Herman Caintonette

    S_Brady: "On the Wall Street thread, you called everyone who disagreed with you "mindless idiots."

    By your own metric, that is entirely fair; I'm just calling a spade a spade:

    S_Brady (elsewhere): "You have failed to respond to the my accusation of anti-Semitism on your part. Almost every post you write at this website seethes with hatred against Jews. You haven't noticed this?"

    Define terms. You claim to have earned a doctorate in philosophy; you should know better. Wassamatta? Kant got your tongue?

    "Anti-Semitism" is like "fascism": an epithet which has been rendered meaningless by sloppy thinking and overuse. Of course, I have always wondered how an educated man could ever embrace the torrent of logical absurdities embodied in Christendom. Soren Kierkegaard's leap of faith is one which must be taken in order to believe in any flavor of psychotic ancient tribal sky-daddy. Van Til's spiral reasoning is at essence circular.

    As a self-confessed Christian, you have a dog in this hunt, viewing Israel's existence as a confirmation of your faith. I agree with the Jews: Jesus is already 1900 years late and counting; the whole virgin birth tale was to sell him as the second coming of Aushedar, and it was the product of a translation error in the LXX. The alleged conveyance of the land in the Torah was a self-evident fraud, as by their own reckoning, the Hittites hadn't even established their empire at the time of Abraham.

    To be anti-Semitic, one must believe that all Jews are alike, and that the Jewish view is in some way monolithic. This is a facial absurdity, which I do not embrace. Opposing the present state of "Israel" on the grounds that the land was stolen from the rightful owners is merely a consistent application of Anglo-American law, which governed the matter.

    • alan g

      Herb, you got it wrong again. It was returned to its rightful owners. And thanks for acknowledging It’s true name Israel. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

      • Herman Caintonette

        Based on what, Alan? What colorably legitimate claim does a boy from the steppes of Russia, who has no Semitic ancestry whatsoever (iow, his mother was a convert to Judaism), have to that land?

    • aspacia

      Belief in Christianity is no more absurd than the belief in the Muslim moon god Allah. Frankly, the Bible is laid on far more valid history/geographic evidence than the Qu'ran. The land claim in the Torah is no more a fraud than the Islamic claim that I am a Muslim and just don't know it yet, and that all infidels must submit or perish. Currently, no other faith demands submission or death except Islam; hence my concerns may turn to persecuting you and your brethren in self-preservation. This is not unfounded or phobic considering the numerous attacks and attempted attacks against my people.

      In contrast, Arab/Muslim populations have increased in areas controlled by Israel which clearly reveals Muslim Mendacity.

      UNDERSTAND????

      Presently, it is usually Muslims who argue against Jews by stereotyping, and you know it. How many valid Western sources argue that Jews are descended from Apes and Pigs?? None that I know of. This is in the Arab texts.

      I read ME media, and MEMRI for insight and I see the threat.

      Oh, 80% of Israel was legally purchased. What about the millions of hectares Muslims gained when the expelled, without compensation, all the Jews from Muslim-Majority lands? NONE.

      Yes, the West is far from perfect, as is Israel, but they are superior to any Muslim-majority land.

      If you dislike us, LEAVE!

  • mrbean

    Herman, Amused, Scum, and the other leftists are all probably freshman dropouts and a product of the progressive public education system, so their opoinions are a result of the boldness of ignorance from having their unearned self esteem stroked by liberal teachers.

    • Western Canadian

      Rather obvious by the way they insist on creating their own definitions for words that have a commonly understood range of meaning, seldom resembling their own. Sad.

  • Dispozadaburka

    The San Francisco demonstrators had a booth that said "design your own sign>"

    My sign said., "Ill take the job these morons don't want!
    Hire me!

    I need the money!!!!!!!!
    FYI, it didn't go over too big..

  • Howard

    " Being a political minority is WAY different than a structural minority. I want people to represent their beliefs and we shouldn’t have to have security to protect the event.."," My only reservation with bringing Horowitz is that it would be an educational event. David belittles students and professors and will only anger folks."

    Wow. All these years I thought political minorities, especially those whose views and speech may be unpopular in a community, were the people the First Amendment was originally and primarily intended to protect. I'm so glad that I finally have been given the oppurtunity to get my mind right.

  • Howard

    I especially like that second quote. Mr Horowitz's remarks would not be seen as a oppurtunity for the students and faculty to reflect on their views and see if they are defensible or flawed? Just a cause for anger, and perhaps violence given the concerns about security, because the communities views have been challenged? A real seat of learning and reason that UCSB.

    Kids, take a tip. You may be involved in student government, but it is real government because it has a real impact on the academic community and beyond. Take it seriously because there are real consequences and personal responsibilities that go with the exercise of even the admittedly limited powers of a student government. One day you may be on the other end of the stick.

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  • Herman Caintonette

    I've had a number of my posts censored by FPM. Speaks for itself, eh?