April 16, 2013

USC Student Duped Barbara Walters And “The View”

USC Student Tyler Talgo on ABC's "The View"

This news story really works my last gay nerve.


How did a college student dupe Barbara Walters, one of the best journalists in the business, into believing this was a news story?

An undergraduate student at the University of Southern California (USC) was in Manhattan yesterday, because he was interviewed live on two different Fox News programs, plus he made an appearance on ABC’s The View, and answered questions from Barbara Walters, Brooke Shields, and the regular cast members.

Why is this USC student newsworthy? What did he do to merit this attention?

I’m so glad that you asked! This student enrolled in USC in 2012, and decided to major in political science. He enrolled in a course that was called “Election Law.” The course covered elections laws, voter registration, campaign finance rules and the like.

The 2012 presidential election was in full swing, and the university professor was a Democrat, while the student was a conservative Republican.

The professor made a comment in class about Willard Mitt Romney, and said that “Romney tends to make shit up.” He characterized GOP efforts to suppress the minority vote as “racist.” He mocked the Republican party as the “party of old white men”, and the university student had a problem with that. I made the same observations myself.

Since the student went to bed every night dreaming about James Bond 007, he decided to wear a “wire” to each class, and use a hidden video camera to film and record each lecture. He was determined to expose the big bad political science professor as the partisan Democrat that bad mouths Republicans in every class.

After the semester was over the student took the final exam and got an A in the class. But he didn’t dream of James Bond 007 anymore, the professor's words were haunting his dreams. He started dreaming about ugly racist Republicans, and old white men riding elephants, as Willard Mitt Romney sang “America the Beautiful” slightly off key.

The student edited those hours of class lectures into a 15 minute long compilation of the professor’s “greatest hits”. It was a quarter hour of concrete evidence that the professor was a Democrat who didn’t like Republicans. He polluted the students minds, and people would be shocked and offended by what the professor said.

Barbara Walters of ABC's "The View"

The USC student got in touch with two student reporters at campusreform.org. This organization claims that they’re a “watchdog to the nation's higher education system, Campus Reform exposes bias, abuse, waste, and fraud on the nation's college campuses. Their team of professional journalists works alongside student activists and student journalists to report on the conduct and misconduct of university administrators, faculty, and students.”
The student had his gotcha moment with his secret tape, and Campus Reform would spread the news far and wide. Campus Reform is a project of the “Leadership Institute.” Their website says they’ve been “training conservative activists since 1979.”
Campus Reform published the story on April 10, 2013. Oliver Darcy and Josiah Ryan’s story sounds scandalous!
A professor at the University of Southern California (USC) appears to have used a fall semester 2012 political science class to deliver sustained and angered attacks on Republicans, who he characterized as old, white, racist, and “losers.”
In a 15 min. video secretly captured by USC student Tyler Talgo, political science Professor Darry Sragow also appears to endorse the illegal suppression of Republican votes.
When Tyler Talgo was on ABC’s The View  yesterday, Elisabeth Hasselbeck indignantly asked “if the professor was being investigated.” Investigated for what? Having an opinion?
When the student was asked if he challenged the professor’s opinions during class, he said no. He said he felt intimidated by the professor, and that if he challenged his views, his grades might suffer.
From what I can tell, The View, is the only “mainstream” show that covered this non-story.
Tyler Talgo enrolled at USC and took a political science class called “Election Law.” He didn’t participate in class discussions, and he claimed he felt intimidated by the professor. He said the teacher should teach the class and present both sides of an argument, and let the students make up their own minds. He also accused the professor of “indoctrinating” students to think like a Democrat.
USC isn’t a high school --- it’s a university! Helloooo!
I hope that someone will sit Tyler Talgo down, to explain what a university education is all about. Since he’s attending a good university, his professor’s will assume that he can think critically and engage in topical discussions. Most of the students at a university are all adults, capable of thinking for themselves.
I remember a political science class I had at Rutgers. The class had 300 students, and the teaching assistant I worked with was Italian and a self-avowed Marxist. I had more than a few extremist professors (left and right wing), and the classes were great and the arguments and discussions were invaluable.
Tyler Talgo needs to grow up. If he can’t handle the academic rigor and differing opinions, he should go to a different college. He should apologize to his professor like an adult, and he should learn the principles of  academic freedom. Then he can teach Boston College graduate Elisabeth Hasselbeck exactly what that means, and maybe get an education while he’s at it.
Barbara Walters was duped!




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