About that denial thing

Young America’s Foundation did a survey of commencement speakers. Hillary May reports at the Washington Times.

The invitations to administration figures is “only the tip of the iceberg,” according to the survey. “This year’s research found that a myriad of speakers were not only White House officials, but also liberal ideologues, newsmakers, authors and entrenched Washington insiders, while conservative best-selling authors, business leaders and free-market Nobel laureates were once again absent from our list.”

The bias measured is in line with other indications. What is interesting is the rationales given. It appears that the universities surveyed either deny that they have any proclivities for commencement speakers of a particular ideological slant or that they use “the speaker’s accomplishments” as the criterion for selection.

“All of the honorees are chosen because they are people who have achieved a great deal in their lives and can stand as examples for men and women graduating that day,” Mr. Beckman said. “The politics of the honorary recipients are basically unknown to us and that is not why they are being honored.”

Of course, this begs the question about what achievements are being used as a reference. That is why the “Young America’s Foundation is encouraging students to carry voice recorders and video cameras to their ceremonies to capture speakers attempting to use their speeches as a way to “indoctrinate” young audiences.” Exposure is one of the better ways to actually see the standards in action and to educate those who send students to these universities about just what education they are buying.

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