Writer Fired for Exercising Free Speech

Naomi Schafer Riley

Naomi Schafer Riley, married to a black man, blogged some critical comments about black studies in some colleges. She exercised her free speech rights and she was fired. There was a barrage of comments to her blog posts calling her, ironically, a racist. The cowards at her magazine, the Chronicle of Higher Education, fired her.

She worked for a private magazine and they can make whatever rules they want, even if they are intolerant. However, the complainers – the mob – who wanted her fired for expressing her opinion are intruding on her free speech rights.

We are losing our free speech rights.

Front Page Magazine:  A one-two punch of editorial cowardice and progressive intolerance has descended upon the Chronicle of Higher Education. Blogger Naomi Schaefer Riley has been fired by that magazine for a short column in which she dared to criticize another Chronicle piece about black-studies graduates and their Ph.D. dissertations. “What a collection of left-wing victimization claptrap,” Riley writes. “The best that can be said of these topics is that they’re so irrelevant no one will ever look at them.” Riley may have a point about the dissertations themselves, but the subsequent firestorm of criticism aimed in her direction was apparently too much for Chronicle editor Liz McMillen who fired Riley–after first defending her.

There is no question Ms. McMillen capitulated to the mob. In an editor’s note published May 3rd, McMillen did exactly what editors are supposed to do. “Many of you have asked The Chronicle to take down Naomi Schaefer Riley’s recent posting, ‘The Most Persuasive Case for Eliminating Black Studies? Just Read the Dissertations,’” McMillen wrote. “I urge readers instead to view this posting as an opportunity–to debate Riley’s views, challenge her, set things straight as you see fit. Take a moment to read The Chronicle’s front-page story about the future of black studies, written by Chronicle reporter Stacey Patton and weigh in. Please join the debate,” she added…