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John McCain got heckled during some hippie commencement address last weekend. I think what really caught him off-guard is that the hecklers didn’t do the heckling 60 days before his speech.

In the face of protest in recent weeks, New School University President Bob Kerrey defiantly said he wouldn’t withdraw his selection of Senator John McCain as commencement speaker. On the contrary, he promised it would be a commencement the graduates would remember. There’s no question they won’t forget it. But probably what they’ll remember more than anything else is the rude and raucous reception McCain got. This included being one-upped by the student speaker — who dissected the senator’s speech before he even gave it — boos and catcalls from the audience, students standing and turning their backs in silent protest, banners protesting his appearance and — perhaps most hurtful — groans of boredom.

About 1,200 New School students, faculty and staff had signed a petition calling for Kerrey to withdraw his invitation to McCain, feeling the Arizona Republican’s conservative views — foremost, his support of the Iraq war, as well as his views on abortion and gay rights — clash with those of the traditionally liberal and progressive New School. Also, the protesters felt, Kerrey was giving McCain — the early frontrunner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination — a campaign platform, making their commencement about politics, rather than “for the seniors.”

Well, McCain silenced opposing voices 60 days before an election, so I guess that the fairness doctrine v 2.0 could be on the horizon, even with Republicans in power.


Written by kkktookmybabyaway

May 26, 2006 at 7:33 pm

Posted in News

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