Not the first time a university library has intervened to protect a Democratic presidential candidate.3:56 PM, Jun 19, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Washington Free Beacon, which has broken several scoops related to Hillary Clinton, has been banned from using the Clinton archive at the University of Arkansas:
A Hillary Clinton donor who serves as dean of the University of Arkansas libraries has banned the Washington Free Beacon from the school’s special collections archives, after the news outlet published revealing stories about Hillary Clinton based on documents available at the university library.
The ban came days after the Free Beacon ran a story about Clinton’s 1975 defense of a child rapist that drew from audio recordings available at the University of Arkansas library’s special collections archives.
This is an outrage for anyone that cares about transparency and a free press. It's also a reminder that this isn't the first time that a university library has intervened to prevent damaging information on a (potential) Democratic presidential candidate. In 2008, the University of Illinois at Chicago intervened to keep Stanley Kurtz, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, from doing research on Barack Obama:
This much we know from the public record, but a large cache of documents housed in the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), is likely to flesh out the story. That document cache contains the internal files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The records in question are extensive, consisting of 132 boxes, containing 947 file folders, a total of about 70 linear feet of material. Not only would these files illuminate the working relationship between Obama and Bill Ayers, they would also provide significant insight into a web of ties linking Obama to various radical organizations, including Obama-approved foundation gifts to political allies. Obama’s leadership style and abilities are also sure to be illuminated by the documents in question.
Unfortunately, I don’t yet have access to the documents. The Special Collections section of the Richard J. Daley Library agreed to let me read them, but just before I boarded my flight to Chicago, the top library officials mysteriously intervened to bar access
Lastly, the Weekly Standard's own Daniel Halper was shut out of the University of Nebraska-Omaha when trying to research Chuck Hagel after he was nominated by Obama for Secretary of Defense:
Official documents, correspondence and other papers from the period of time Chuck Hagel held his U.S. Senate seat are closed to public viewing by the archives entrusted to hold them. The lack of access has created yet another controversy around the embattled nominee to become the next defense secretary, raising questions among some about whether he might be hiding something in those files.
The ruckus started earlier this week when a reporter from the conservative publication, the Weekly Standard, tried to access the documents but was rebuffed by administrators at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.
It appears as if university administrators make a habit of ignoring their commitment to open inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge to help Democrats.
Jun 23, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 39 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Two weeks ago, George Will wrote a column about how progressives have exaggerated the prevalence of rape on college campuses. The column was not well received by some or even, as a great many of the histrionic responses would indicate, well understood. Last week a press release landed in The Scrapbook’s inbox, headlined: “87,000 Call on The Washington Post to Address Sexism, Fire George Will.” A group called UltraViolet was touting the success of an online petition they’d whipped up over the controversy. From the release:
9:45 AM, May 7, 2014 • By ADAM J. WHITE
This week, the Supreme Court affirmed a New York town council's tradition of beginning its meetings with a prayer. In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the court held, by a bare majority, that the First Amendment's Establishment Clause does not prohibit such prayers led by local clergymen, even when the prayers tend to be Christian.
5:40 PM, Jul 21, 2013 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In Sioux City, Iowa, a local pastor is asking for the removal of a newly appointed member of the city's human rights commission. The city council appointed Scott Raasch to the commission, which adjudicates discrimination complaints, on July 8. However, the Rev.
An Obama administration ‘blueprint’ targets free expression on campuses. Jun 10, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 37 • By CHARLOTTE ALLEN
It's a well-known fact that on most college campuses, supposedly havens of academic freedom, you really have to watch what you say.
"We ♥ Prophet Muhammad"3:46 PM, Sep 28, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Muslim Americans in Michigan, including a local newspaper editor, will be rallying Friday in Dearborn to protest the YouTube film, "Innocence of Muslims" and advocate for blasphemy laws. Here's an image of a poster advertising the rally:
Mitt Romney is owed an apology.1:19 PM, Sep 14, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Buried in a Los Angeles Times report is this nugget:
In a sign of the tensions the movie has sparked, Los Angeles County officials said the U.S. State Department had asked them not to release copies of the film permits containing information about who organized the shoot. Obama administration officials also flagged the trailer to YouTube and asked the company to review whether it violated the website’s terms of service.
How a 1990 decision has come back to haunt us, and how its damage might be undone. Oct 18, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 05 • By ALLEN D. HERTZKE
The First Amendment does not bar prosecution in every instance.10:10 AM, Jul 27, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Could WikiLeaks and its organizer, the shadowy Australian Julian Assange, be prosecuted for publishing classified information?
5:25 PM, Jun 4, 2010 • By ADAM J. WHITE
Today the Federal Trade Commission issued its draft report on "the reinvention of journalism." At page 15 of the report, the FTC proposes to provide "direct and indirect" financial assistance to journalists.
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