The Chronicle Gets Rid of Schaefer Riley

Last week, rightful anger and indignation erupted after the Chronicle of Higher Education published Naomi Schaefer Riley’s contemptible hit-job. The Chronicle has responded by doing the right thing:

We now agree that Ms. Riley’s blog posting did not meet The Chronicle’s basic editorial standards for reporting and fairness in opinion articles. As a result, we have asked Ms. Riley to leave the Brainstorm blog.

Good for the Chronicle for taking a stand on this issue. Sure, it took some level of mobilization in the academic world, and the Chronicle did originally provide Schaefer Riley to spew out this article. But the fact that the Chronicle moved at all is more than many media outlets would do.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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4 Responses to The Chronicle Gets Rid of Schaefer Riley

  1. Sinner says:

    I wonder how long until Schaefer Riley is offered a commentary position somewhere to launch her vitriol.

    • I doubt it will take long. I’m sure somebody out there will pick her up as a “polarizing figure,” “martyr,” or just “traffic-generator.”

  2. Tybalt says:

    She’ll go back to the WSJ, who have already offered her an opinion piece where she can draw a pen portrait of her personal Calvary.

    • Yeah, it took less than 12 hours for the concern trolls to come out and proclaim conspiracies of purges of “free-thinkers” [though one could question the “thinking” involved on rejecting things one intentionally did not read], repression of speech, etc. Color me unsurprised.

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