- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 1, 2018

An assistant sociology professor at North Carolina State University has apologized after handing out a highly partisan list of suggestions telling students they should block Fox News from their parents’ TVs and listen to “smart & reputable” people like MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid.

Assistant professor Michaela DeSoucey distributed the list, titled “Things you can do (now or in the near future) — a somewhat cynical list,” which surfaced on Twitter this week and was highlighted by Campus Reform on Thursday.

Among the suggestions included telling students they should vote, get involved and educate themselves about American history and current events. Other suggestions included “tell your white friends” to stop calling the police on black people for no reason and “call out white supremacy, racism, anti-Semitism, anti-refugeeism, xenophobia, bigotry, violence, and hate.”

“Turns out every time Trump says ‘fake news’ he means ‘free press,’ ” the flier stated. “Make reading real news and columnists a part of your regular routine: NPR, PBS, BBC News, New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, the Atlantic, the New Republic, NBC News. If a news source has fired a reporter for ethic violations in the recent past, even better.”

Ms. DeSoucey then included a list of “smart & reputable people” whom students should follow “and retweet” on social media, including a host of left-wing media personalities like Jemelle Hill, Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow and Joy Reid.

“When they’re not looking, set the parental controls on the TVs of your family members to block Fox News. Fox News spreads bigotry and hatred,” Ms. DeSoucey also stated.

The flier caused some controversy at the public Raleigh campus, prompting Ms. DeSoucey to apologize, an administration official told NBC-affiliate WRAL.

“Dr. DeSourcey reflected on her actions and realized she had crossed the line between educating and advocating,” Jeffery Braden, the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and a psychology professor, said in a statement Wednesday.

“She has apologized, and we have have accepted her apology. We consider this matter closed,” the statement read.


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