The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 18th, 2014
The chair of the communications department at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor is under fire, reports the Detroit Free Press, for a blog post she wrote that begins as follows:
“I hate Republicans. I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the
next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz,
Darrell Issa, or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate
change, thwarting immigration reform, or championing fetal
The essay by Susan J. Douglas, which appears to have been removed from the website of the magazine In These Times, has drawn the ire of prominent Republicans, including a university regent, Andrea Fischer Newman.
“The University of Michigan community rightly supports and defends a
wide variety of viewpoints and a diversity of opinion on all subjects,”
Ms. Newman wrote in a Facebook post, according to the Free Press.
“But this particular column, which expresses and condones hatred toward
an entire segment of individuals in our society based solely on their
political views, fails to observe an equally important value of our
university—respect for the right of others to hold views contrary to our