Liberals, apparently, never learn that going on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show after they’ve made a boo-boo is not the best career move. Professor George Ciccariello-Maher found that out the hard way.
For those of you unacquainted with the works of Mr. Ciccariello-Maher, let’s just say he’s had a busy week. Ciccariello-Maher, a professor at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, is best known as the author of a Sunday tweet in which he said an airline passenger who gave up his first class seat so that a soldier could sit there left him “trying not to vomit or yell about Mosul.”
The professor made his Twitter account private to avod the backlash from his posting — because as we know, that always works. This isn’t the first time he’s been in trouble in the 140-charactersphere, either; Fox News reports that he tweeted, “All I want for Christmas is white genocide” during the festive season last year. (And to think I asked for an Apple Watch.)
That’s not all Ciccariello-Maher did this week, though. He also encouraged a protest during an appearance of controversial social scientist Charles Murray at Villanova University, just outside of Ciccariello-Maher’s fair city. Murray, for those of you who are unfamiliar, published a controversial book decades ago called “The Bell Curve,” in which he argued that minorities’ lower academic achievement levels may be genetic. Recently, that book has made him the target of liberal ire.
According to WITF-FM, Ciccariello-Maher’s call to silence Murray ended with his speech being interrupted several times, with Murray having to be removed for his own safety. That was ostensibly what the Drexel professor was on Tucker Carlson to discuss — although, as you can glean from this long interview, things went very much awry.
“The only writing I can understand by you is your tweets,” Carlson said.
And now he’s taken that down, you might have to read this hair product addict’s meandering academic writings. Who wants that?
Let me be clear: I’ve had enough exposure to Charles Murray to believe that he and his theories on race are full of it, and in a surprisingly different way than most academics are full of it. Furthermore, those theories are astoundingly unconservative in that they deprecate individual agency and responsibility as the motive powers that improve lives.
That said, Mr. Murray is still an accomplished academic with a broader body of work that is respected, if controversial. He should have a platform to speak on college campuses that want him/ He is by no means the mere shill Mr. Ciccariello-Maher tries to pass him off as.
For that matter, while I may vehemently disagree with his theories on race, here’s a concise list of what Charles Murray hasn’t done:
- Called for white genocide.
- Called for genocide against anybody.
- Said respect for our soldiers made him want to vomit.
- Tried to negate academic freedom.
- Tried to silence voices on campuses that don’t agree with his view of the world.
And yet, while Mr. Ciccariello-Maher has checked off all of those boxes and seems quite content with himself to have done so, he draws his salary from the very sort of institution he seeks to bar Charles Murray from. Furthermore, as this interview indicates, he seems to have absolutely no credentials to be in academia other than an inveterate ability to be offensive.
In fact, were there a remake of Jean-Paul Sartre’s “No Exit” that focused on career academics discussing race in America, I think that Ciccariello-Maher would be the perfect person to have locked in a room with Charles Murray for the rest of eternity. Heck, throw in Ward Churchill and you have yourself a veritable hootenanny down in perdition.
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