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Zev Chafets: Conservatives Shut Out at US Universities

By    |   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 02:56 PM

College campuses routinely ignore conservatives when it comes to looking for commencement speakers, says Zev Chafets, acclaimed novelist, biographer and founding managing editor of The Jerusalem Report.

"They simply don't invite any conservatives at all," Chafets said Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Of the 60 top universities, according to US News and World Report, 24 have announced who their speakers will be for this spring and 23 of them are Democrats and/or well identified progressive intellectuals."

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"There is one conservative, [former secretary of state] Condi Rice. There's a second Republican, [former secretary of state] Colin Powell — but since he supported [Barack] Obama twice, I don't know if he counts."

Chafets is editor of the new book, "Remembering Who We Are: A Treasury of Conservative Commencement Addresses," published by Sentinel, in which he argues that the college graduation speech has become a casualty of political correctness. 

Among the speakers Chafets includes are playwright David Mamet, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, humorist P.J. O'Rourke, neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

"A lot of … these are not actual commencement speeches. They're articles about commencement because not all of them have been invited," Chafets said.

"Rush [Limbaugh], for example, has never been invited to give a commencement speech. Neither has [Fox News Chief Executive] Roger Ailes."

Chafets said he got the idea for the book from student and faculty protests against invited conservative speakers that were launched on several college campuses in the past few years.

"Those few conservatives who have been invited to give speeches have often been disinvited after protests, usually by Muslim students who don't like America much," he said.

"Or in the case of Condi Rice, Rutgers, and Brandeis, who disinvited [Ayaan] Hirsi Ali, who was one of really the great human rights people of our time because she was critical of conservative Islam … Ben Carson, who was disinvited at Johns Hopkins.

"I thought that was outrageous and I wanted to write something about that. And then I started hearing from all sorts of people whose own kids or in some cases the kids themselves had gone to schools, universities, where they had almost never encountered conservative ideas."

The trend is unlikely to change, Chafets told Steve Malzberg.

"They decided after those embarrassments of last year to do something very easy. They simply don't invite any conservatives at all and there's no chance to protest," he said.

Chafets' other books include biographies of Ailes and Limbaugh and novels including "Inherit the Mob."

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