Not News: Unrepentant UC-Santa Barbara Prof Who Destroyed Pro-Life Sign Charged With Assault

Did you catch the story about the pro-abortion demonstration at the religious college where a pro-life professor grabbed a protester's sign and destroyed it? Of course not, because there's no such story. If it had happened, it would be news, and garner significant attention.

The same thing happened earlier this month at the University of California-Santa Barbara — if you switch the players. As seen in a video at the YouTube site of the Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust (warning: profanity), a UCSB associate professor took a sign away from a participant in a campus pro-life outreach effort. Flanked by two students, she took the sign back to her office and destroyed it. Now feminist studies Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young "is facing vandalism, battery, and robbery charges." The UCSB incident has, as far as I can tell, despite the prof's utter lack of contrition, has gone virtually uncovered by the establishment press. The related police report follows the jump:


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Lowlights, for those who don't clickthrough:

  • "... because the poster was upsetting to her and other students, she felt that the activists did not have the right to be there."
  • "Miller-Young argued that she set a good example for her students. Miller-Young likened her behavior to that of a 'conscientious objector.'"
  • "Miller-Young continued and stated that she had a 'moral' right to act in the way she did."

Miller-Young's UCSB web page describes her areas of emphasis as "black cultural studies, pornography and sex work." Her "areas of study" are "Pornography; Sex Work; Black Film, Popular Culture and Art; Feminist & Queer Theory; African American & African Diaspora Studies; Visual Archives; New Media; Ethnography; Oral History." The school clearly either charges far too much in tuition, gets far too much money from the state, or both.

When an admittedly more serious act of vandalism — but without assault — occurred in Northern Kentucky in 2006, at least the local Cincinnati Enquirer covered it (though not particularly well). In this instance, a story at news channel KEYT is the only establishment press outlet noted in a Google News search on "UCSB professor charged" (not in quotes). Fox News has a story, but as the rest of their colleagues constantly remind us, they don't "count."

What it really means is that Fox still has a sense of what is newsworthy without applying a PC filter items which don't fit a predetermined agenda.

Cross-posted at BizzyBlog.com.

Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer
Tom Blumer is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.