Can J-Schools get any worse? Always.
It is with great pleasure that I write to announce my appointment of Jelani Cobb as the next Dean of Columbia Journalism School, as of August 1, 2022.
This is pretty much the equivalent of Ibram X. Kendi, Ta-Nehisi Coates or any of the non-stop racialists getting the job.
Cobb’s racialist ideology is as relentlessly fanatical as it is detached from any kind of objective reality.
The film shows Malcolm saying in the Sixties that “black people in this country have been the victims of violence at the hands of the white man for 400 years,” juxtaposed with a clip of Jelani Cobb, a staff writer for The New Yorker, saying in 2018 that “white supremacy in the United States” has “not really” diminished at all in the “53 years after his death.”
Speaking of the price of racialism, here’s Cobb alongside Kendi attacking objectivity.
Objectivity has been the goal for journalists in the United States since the 1920s even though it is a fallacy, Cobb said during their conversation. “The pursuit of objectivity presumes that we are able to escape the facts and experiences that have shaped who we are today.”
Actually, the fallacy is Cobb’s. And it’s a sophomoric one. Objectivity doesn’t mean that we’re blank slates, it means that we strive for a rational perspective that is grounded in facts and external to our agendas.
That’s a dying concept in the media industry and Cobb’s appointment just seals the deal.
They gave two great pieces of advice to young journalists: First, that we should strive for truth and fairness instead of objectivity. And second, we should make sure the use of the “I” can apply to the universal “we.” Narrative deserves more respect than simply reporting one side and the opposing side. With these realizations, journalists begin to decolonize prevailing truths about our country’s past and present to unify disparate opinions.
The only opinions they’d like, it goes without saying, are their own, which represent truth and fairness, while their opponents are utterly evil.
This kind of state propaganda is the only thing that j-schools want their students to do anymore. And that is what Cobb’s role will be.