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At Milo Yiannopoulos Protest, Prof's Hassling of Journalists Backfires After She Calls Cops

Melissa Click (the sequel) at American University.

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Screenshot via Ashe Schow / Youtube

An American University faculty member attempted to make life difficult for journalists covering a campus protest last night, but her plan went awry after she called the police. 

The Washington Examiner's Ashe Schow was at AU last night reporting on Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopolous' visit to campus. (Schow tells me she was there on behalf of a forthcoming documentary, Thought Police, and was not representing The Examiner.) Yiannopoulos is a deliberately controversial figure, and his presence on campus prompted a student protest. 

A female faculty member—now dubbed Melissa Click 2.0–tried to interfere, telling Schow and her camera crew that they were required to accompany her inside. They had to follow "certain regulations that the university is guided by" because AU is providing "a safe space for everybody who works or studies on this campus," she claimed. 

After the faculty member realized Schow's group was recording her, she became hostile. "Are you kidding me?" she asked. "Seriously, I'm calling the police." 

The police didn't immediately respond to her call. Later, when the cops did appear, the faculty member expected them to escort the journalists off campus. Instead, they wanted to have a chat with the faculty member, according to Breitbart News. 

"The police came over and she thought they were going to save her but actually they escorted HER away," Schow wrote on Twitter. 

University professors and administrators making life difficult for students and journalists is nothing new, though one might have expected the widespread public condemnation of Click—as well as her termination and arrest—to deter imitators.

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  1. Safe Space is their excuse now for Fascism.

    You actually have no right not to be offended. What a piece of work you are

    1. Fascists inevitably justify their worst aggression as being acts of self defense. The Berniebots think the mercantile classes are stealing from them and will take back what’s rightfully tehirs. The trumpalos think the Mexicans are taking their jobs, stealing their shit and raping their women, and that taking Mexicans’ hard-earned savings is a regrettable but logical way to pay for the wall to keep em out. The hilbots think people with any respect for rule of law or ethics are part of a grand conspiracy to keep them down, and must be silenced to keep them from spreading their lies. The catastrophic global warming cultists are convinced that people’s resistance to their superstitions is the product of an evil conspiracy by people profiting off of the doom of humanity and want to jail them for the good of humanity. The gungrabbers are convinced gun owners and gun makers want to see them slaughtered and hope to terrorize the gun owners into giving up their guns by calling the cops on them or suing them into oblivion.

      1. What do they all have in common?

        Good intentions.

        And as the saying goes…

        1. Wrong! It’s not “good intentions” it’s virtue.

          Terror is nothing other than justice, prompt, sever, inflexible.
          Robespierre

          Terror is the natural emanation of virtue. Robespierre.

          1. Hey, this terror thing sounds pretty good!

            1. As I said to the clerk in the loungewear department, “Where can I find the robes, Pierre?

              1. Switzy to the white courtesy phone!

          2. I support you, and you’re war of terror!

      2. When Quebec was set for the 1995 referendum a renter from one of my father’s buildings said to him as he handed the rent check, ‘Enjoy your last check. After tonight, this building will be ours.’

      3. Fascists inevitably justify their worst aggression as being acts of self defense.

        That’s why you “owe” income tax. It’s a debt that you somehow racked up by making a living.

      4. In what way is anyone “taking Mexicans hard earned savings”? Considering we GIVE Mexico (a major exporter of oil no less) millions in foreign aid every year.

      5. Yes, all of what you type here is true, but so what?

    2. Fascism?

      No, no! Only Trump and his supporters are fascists. Protectors of the sacred college safe-space can never be fascist.

      /most sarcastic voice you can imagine.

      1. By the modern definition, Oswald Mosley and Mussolini would not be fascists?

    3. What is the specific characteristic that makes this “fascism” rather than communism, conservatism, or progressivism? Is there another term that is more often inaptly employed than “fascism”? It’s use rarely furthers the discussion or shines light on the topic.

      1. Fascism is corporatism with a healthy dose of nationalism.

        All of these boneheads have one thing in common, the involuntary submission of the individual to the goals of the many.

        Safe spacers are just more stupid than most.

        1. All of these boneheads have one thing in common, the involuntary submission of the individual to the goals of the many to a political elite that claims to represent the common good of a collective and asserts totalitarian authority to achieve that end.

          Such ideologies are distinguished by the collective that the elite claims to represent. In fascism, it’s the nation. In Marxism, it’s the working class, or the proletariat. In Nazi national socialism, it’s the Aryan race.

          The only individual rights that such regimes recognize are those that are not inconvenient to the real objectives of the elite. If a state can suspend any individual right it finds inconvenient, then that state is totalitarian.

          1. Let’s look out for the gummint’s minions. OK?
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        2. They certainly are the enemy. Did you know that we actually had to go to war in the forties to stop German socialism?

        3. Fascism is corporatism communism with a healthy dose of nationalism.

      2. The word Fascism comes from the Latin word, ‘fasces’ IIRC, that means to ‘bind together’.

        It’s used to describe a political system with a very strong central narrative that the government uses their power to get all sectors of society to rally around. If you don’t comply you are denounced as a threat to national unity.

    1. Would she be making that dumb face the whole time?

    2. Yuk.
      She looks too much like my wife.

        1. y’all need higher standards. c’mon man

          1. You’re preaching to the choir

          2. I cringe due to the wife comment and that aspect alone. The lady ain’t my cup of tea.

            1. I’d hit that!

              1. With a 2×4 Hacksaw Jim Duggan style?

    3. In any case, there’s no doubt that Melissa Click 2.0 is an upgrade.

      1. HEY! You take that back right now! (Filling in for Crusty,

    4. Hate fuck for the win!

    5. We need Crusty’s opinion on the matter.

    6. She’s “office hot”, I’d say.

  2. but her plan went awry after she called the police.

    Yes, but did it go awry in a zany manner?

  3. What? No video of the frogmarch?

    1. Leave the amphibians out of this…jerk

      1. Wassamatta, did someone step on your tail?

        1. That comment is offensive to all non-tailing having amphibians. And lesbians. Prepare to undergo reeducation

      2. Don’t be rude, unless you want a good cloaca kicking.

      3. Give him the cold shoulder Mr. Scaly Skin.

  4. I think she’s been in a academic bubble so long that she really didn’t have a clue that the reporters weren’t doing anything wrong. Words are violence is a meme that has been accepted whole heartedly in those circles, but it wasn’t given long enough to marinate through several generations of graduates to be accepted in the real world. That’s why we are suddenly getting so many reports of professors getting caught on the wrong side of the law.

    1. ^THIS.

      I wish there were a few minutes of video before this clip to get context, but Melissa Click 2.0 seems to be genuinely convinced that she’s unambiguously in the right.

    2. I would use words as violence towards her. I would certainly antagonize her until she ran sobbing from the room. But thats me. I’m a big meanie.

      1. Edit: I would also cackle triumphantly (I AM a cackler( as she ran sobbing. It helps to rub it in. Like salt into an open wound.

  5. “The police came over and she thought they were going to save her but actually they escorted HER away,” Schow wrote on Twitter.

    Under what pretense, I wonder.

    1. False report probably. You aren’t allowed to waste police resources on things you know aren’t crimes.

      1. The question remains if they were on private property.

        1. They might be on private property, but the professor is just an employee. She doesn’t necessarily have the right to ask people to leave or stop recording unless empowered to do so by the college.

          1. She doesn’t necessarily have the right to ask people to leave or stop recording unless empowered to do so by the college.

            That’s true. I read that she was an administrator, however. Is there any confirmation as to whom she actually is?

            1. Not that I know of. This article is the first I’ve read about the incident. I’m just idly speculating on what could have been the reason for arresting her.

            2. A filthy progtard? Devoid of a soul or any rights of personhood? Soulless regrettable chattel?

      2. Ah ha! She didn’t know!

        1. Know aren’t crimes as in saying someone is robbing a store when you know for a fact they aren’t or just reporting someone for something that isn’t a crime.

    2. The police came over and she thought they were going to save her but actually they escorted HER away

      Wow. Actual de-escalation from the cops. They correctly identified the source of the conflict, and removed it peacefully.

      Shame that’s so unusual.

  6. “The police came over and she thought they were going to save her but actually they escorted HER away,”

    Dog bites man.

  7. In a safe space, nobody can hear you scream.

    1. *smiles, then slowly claps*

      1. Brilliant.

  8. Ask the cops for help at your own peril.

  9. Where’s the rest of the video??? I wanna see her face when she’s escorted lol

  10. She needed some muscle over there.

    1. I’ve got a “muscle” she can use.

  11. What’s scary to me is how inarticulate and dimwitted these professors are. I mean, we have a generation that thinks their feelings are the only valid arguments and which can only respond to criticism with threats, yelling, and calling for men with guns to save them.

    1. After watching the video, I would have done the exact same thing as this professor. The police definitely would have been called to deal with this. I mean, vertical video? Are you kidding me?

      1. That’s a good point.

        To the woodchipper! Well, maybe not the woodchipper. I mean, that’s definitely a little over the top. But vertical video… that’s pretty bad. Maybe just a weed-whacker?

    2. That’s my thing. The students have an excuse. I was a bit of an idiot in college too. The problem is all the “adults” that accommodate them.

      1. Accomodate, encourage, incite, whatever!

    3. This isn’t new. Colleges and Universities have always been havens for self-important twits. Certainly going back to the middle ages, and probably to the Ancient World.

  12. I saw this person identified as a member of the university’s “media relations team”, which – as with Communications Professor Melissa Click – ought to give you some idea what media relations and communications and journalism are all about these days as taught by our institutions of higher learning. “The Truth” is whatever you can convince people is true so you need to learn how to control the narrative. Up to and including telling people that the truth is merely subjective and denying other people’s reality is wrong. If I say I’m a sexy young black woman, why then, I’m a sexy young black woman and who are you to tell me I’m a fat old white guy? It’s my story, dammit, so you just shut the hell up.

    1. Controlling the narrative is also why many liberal publications aggressively “moderate” or completely eliminate their comment sections for articles. Can’t have the proles questioning the pronouncements of their enlightened betters. Can’t have them pointing out when the journalists’ facts are inconveniently false.

      1. Bleacher Report is notorious for covering controversial political topics related to sports and then locking the comments sections.

      2. Not the same thing, but I find it hilarious that the New York Times on-line edition has reader comments enabled for guest editorials but not for those of the paper’s editorial staff.

    2. That H. L. Mencken became a reporter, and later editor, without going to college, much less J-school, tells us much about the value of a degree in Journalism.

      1. Pretty much up until the 70s most journalists didn’t bother having degrees. They would just go find the nearest newspaper, submit an example of their writings, and then get an entry level job covering the local Rose Bush competitions. And if they were any good then they could rise up through the ranks. So characters like Roger Ebert and Hunter S. Thompson just rose through the ranks by being good reporters.

        1. Roger Ebert had a degree and an advanced degree at that. Hunter S Thompson didn’t rise through the ranks covering Rose Bush competitions. He originated “gonzo journalism.” Neither of them rose through the ranks, either. They remained writers till the end, just as they began their careers.

          1. mtrueman|4.24.16 @ 12:01PM|#
            “Roger Ebert had a degree and an advanced degree at that.”

            Trueman makes up whatever he pleases and has no evidence to support his lies. Nothing he posts can be considered any better than random letters arranged on a ‘fridge door.

            1. Roger Ebert had an advanced degree. Hunter S Thompson didn’t rise through the ranks covering flower shows. Post this on your fridge door if you wish.

        2. Heck my Dad actually left the New York Times where he was a reporter and a junior editor to get his degree. But that was the 40s.

  13. It looks like this professor…

    [dons sunglasses]

    …just got schooled.

    1. Oh bravo sir!

    2. YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

  14. American University is a private university, but one that has voluntarily accepted barrels upon barrels of public largesse, and have voluntarily agreed to be under public oversight. As such, the university should be publicly accessible. Even by conservative journalists.

    1. Yeah, I mean, can we at least get some scare quotes around “private”?

  15. Yiannopoulos is a deliberately controversial figure

    Ok, wasn’t the entire point of the event for him to say something that maybe the media might cover?

    Or was the entire point for him to show up, the SJW types to freak the fuck out, and the media cover THAT (while ignoring anything he actually says)?

    …basically what i’m asking is – did anyone actually get any media-footy of his speech? rather than the huffy Administration woman?

  16. Stubborn bunch. Worse than grass weed.

  17. And…

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  18. I’m loving the:
    Dude: “I’m browsing twitter.”
    Jackboot: “Can I see?”
    Dude: “No.”

      1. I read that little article.

        the thing that struck me? = the writer chastising the twitterverse for not being more-highbrow and appreciative of the quality of 19th century European portraiture, deploring their inability to rise above petty tittering about the fact that it depicted a nude figure….

        e.g.

        …”But the bold v?rit? of Cooper’s tweet makes all those other tweeted nudes seem shallow and derivative, of no intrinsic value beyond vulgar sexual arousal. Cowed by the prudish philistines that abound on Twitter, Cooper was quick to remove the tweet and issue a brief, restrained explanation, stating, “That was weird? Got sent a bunch of images of artworks coming up at auction? Not sure how it got tweeted out”?stopping just short of an apology. For if Cooper had apologized, he’d have spat in the face of the integrity of Leyendecker’s exquisite capture of the male form, his subversion of the heroic male nude, and his reflection on the creation of art in an academic setting…”

        …. And yet, the whole time the author seems *entirely unaware of the fact that they are writing this on a social-media-centric celebrity-gossip-column called “StarWipe”*

        I mean, for fuck’s sake. Its like Helene Cixous publishing in Tiger Beat magazine or something. They’re pretending to be an sophisticated, mature appreciator of fine-art, but their career is basically “reading celebrity tweets”.

        1. Or maybe “that’s why its funny”, and i just didn’t get it.

          1. I just stumbled upon it after googling “StarWipe.” It wasn’t the site I was looking for. *Puts tissue back*

            1. BTW, you’re right. They aren’t quite the masters of the art universe they think they are.

              1. If you’re going to be pretentious, at least do it on Jacobin or something.

            2. Aaaaand starwipe

        2. StarWipe might not be what you think it is. It’s basically to celebrity gossip what Clickhole is to Buzzfeed, or the Onion is to traditional news. In fact, all three of those might even be made by the same people…

  19. Cops are generally stupid, plain and simple.

    http://www.Web-Privacy.tk

  20. So you want to use force now? Of course she does.

    1. Find something ironic about using force in a safe space?

  21. This is rich. Yet, somehow I feel she won’t learn a lesson.

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  24. The Washington Examiner’s Ashe Schow was at AU last night reporting on Breitbart tech editor Milo Yiannopolous’ visit to campus. ????? (Schow tells me she was there on behalf of a forthcoming documentary, Thought Police, and was not representing The Examiner.) Yiannopoulos is a deliberately controversial figure, and his presence on campus prompted a student protest.

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  26. “So you want to go one step further now, you wan to bring force?”

    DING DING DING! We have a winner! Now you get it? Of course she wants to bring force, this is what authoritarians do! You do as your told, or else!

  27. This whole matter could have been peacefully resolved had the journalists simply pointed out that they self identify as students, American University students.

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  31. Can I expect a Reason article to defend her like Melissa Click was? Who was behind that? Soave?

  32. Where is the safe space for those who are less than bleeding heart liberal?

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  35. I watched this video and felt like I was watching something straight from Seinfeld. In all honesty, these kids probably deserve to get ass raped by these teachers… why are you guys even giving them money? I couldn’t accept myself going to college in this day and age after an economics course in community college and all those years in public school.

    People are really impressed by a piece of paper that said you were able to hold down a minimum of 4 years putting up with these brats (teachers)? Nope, I rather wait it out until the kids get debt forgiveness and teachers kill each other over minuscule issues. The private sector will hold a grudge against those with a college degree.

    It’s ez for someone to lose track of their work ethic and sincerity when they’re bogged down with debt. Once financial aid is over for school, they’ll be asking it for the private sector. Suddenly, college kids all became socialists. (The Young Conservatives?)

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  39. I think the “security lockdown bubble” mindset since 9/11 and various campus shootings has encouraged those tenured far-left academics at universities all over the country. The truth is they always wanted to go from “teach-ins” and the political agitation of their youth to turning schools into complete political reeducation camps. As long as the government cash keeps rolling in, their rule is law by divine right.

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  43. RE: At Milo Yiannopoulos Protest, Prof’s Hassling of Journalists Backfires After She Calls Cops

    “The police came over and she thought they were going to save her but actually they escorted HER away,” Schow wrote on Twitter.

    This is what is known as justice.

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