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Brave LSU Student Stood Up To Leftists in Public. What Happened Next Is Disturbing. (UPDATED)

   DailyWire.com

On Wednesday, a bunch of student activists at Louisiana State University walked out of class at 11 a.m. to protest President Trump’s executive order on immigrants and refugees. They walked to the quad and formed a circle in solidarity with those they say were affected by a “Muslim ban.”

A conservative student named Chris Caldarera stood in the middle of the circle and corrected the protestors, drawing on arguments from Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro’s article to explain that the executive order was not a Muslim ban, but rather a ban on individuals coming from seven countries. He was subsequently booed by the crowd of virtue-signaling leftists and was told to get out of the circle.

Here’s a video showing Caldarera’s exchange.

After his public stance, Caldarera faced scrutiny from his peers. He works as a sports columnist for the student newspaper The Daily Reveille, which he says has a liberal bend. Last night, he informed The Daily Wire that the paper’s upper management said that members of the sports staff are no longer allowed to take a political stance in public or on social media because they want them to be unbiased.

For expressing his right to free speech at a public university, his political opinions have been censored by the student newspaper he works for.

“I also find it odd that liberal members of the staff could tweet their political opinions ad nauseam until a staffer such as myself took a conservative lean in public,” Caldarera said in an email. “I guess that’s how it goes now.”

UPDATE

Quint Forgey, a former editor-in-chief of The Daily Reveille, tweeted at the author of this piece claiming that upper management’s decision to silence Caldarera did not constitute censorship “because he is not an opinion columnist.”

The author corrected Forgey by reminding him that the paper’s upper management did not tell Caldarera not to write his opinions in his articles, but that he was not allowed to publicize any of his opinions on social media at all.

UPDATE #2

Former staff members of The Daily Reveille told writers of The Daily Wire that Caldarera supposedly violated “decades-long” policy of non-opinion writers publicizing their political views. They also challenged Caldarera’s assertion that the newspaper’s staff seemed apathetic when their liberal staff members shared their beliefs. While it is not unheard of that some newspapers strongly recommend their employees to seem as unbiased as possible, The Daily Reveille fails to enforce that policy for its liberal writers.

Here are some examples of current staff on The Daily Reveille and other media outlets at Louisiana State University who use their public social media pages to promulgate a political agenda:

Daily Reveille Sports Writer Seth Nieman

Daily Reveille News Reporter Chris Clarke

Daily Reveille News Reporter Hannah Venerella

Tiger TV Sports Reporter Reggie Chatman Jr.

Tiger TV Sports Reporter Nadeen Abusada

If student journalists at Louisiana State University are expected not to publicize their political opinions, then the Office of Student Media fails to enforce such a policy. Furthermore, it calls the question on why the upper management of The Daily Reveille only decided to invoke it the day after Chris Caldarera had the audacity to tell hundreds of campus activists that Trump’s executive order was not a “Muslim ban.”

This situation demonstrates either the incompetence of the newspaper’s staff to maintain “decades-long” policy or a concerted effort to punish a student for daring to combat a sensitive but categorically false narrative shared by a plurality of the student body. Neither of these scenarios puts The Daily Reveille in a positive light.

Through its actions toward Caldarera, the newspaper’s upper management demonstrated its own political bias by censoring a conservative student on their staff in the name of “objectivity” while refusing to hold its liberal-leaning staff writers accountable for similar if not greater transgressions of its supposed apolitical policy.

Shame on The Daily Reveille.

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