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One of the older American collegiate jokes is a college president promising to build a university worthy of its football team (this may go back to the U. of Maryland in the early 1950s).

With the U. of Missouri football team firing the president and chairman of the board, it looks like Mizzou will get an administration worthy of its football team, which is 1-5 in conference play and has wracked up quite a record in recent years for sexual assault and domestic violence charges.

A recurrent theme here at iSteve is how conservative millionaires give a lot more to college football than to advancing their ideas. For example, Mizzou is notoriously bad at fundraising compared to powerhouses like the U. of Alabama:

The Missouri athletic department ranks near the bottom of SEC schools in private donations, raising $22 million in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

But $22 million isn’t insignificant.

On the other hand, the U. of Alabama is swimming in donations. Americans love a winner.

On the other other hand, Manhattan-born Paul Singer uses his giving on Presidential candidates (it was front-page news when he endorsed Marco Rubio), for the Manhattan Institute, and to push for gay marriage, Israel, and more immigration (for America, not Israel). But I can’t find any word of Singer donating to an American college football program. You can buy a lot of think tank staffers for the cost of first rate offensive coordinator.

 
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  1. Compared to other SEC schools, Missouri actually has other sports its residents can support. Many of these SEC school alum and state residents live, eat and breathe college football. Also, Mizzou has had the unfortunate luck of not having a Final Four basketball team (despite a history of a solid program) or a football team play for the national championship.

    In all honesty, I can think of better charities and programs to donate money to rather than college athletics, particularly if it is a taxpayer-state funded school.

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    • Replies: @Realist
    I thought the point of colleges and universities was excellence in academics.
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  2. And simultaneously, Barack Obama is finally getting the United States worthy of his Presidency….or something…..

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  3. Given the track record of the Republican Party and other Conservative Inc. organizations at advancing conservatism in any significant way, it isn’t surprising college football becomes an outlet for wealthy white guys in the real parts of America.

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  4. Jack Taylor (Enterprise Rent-a-Car) is one of the very biggest moneybags to Mizzou athletics. In turn, he winds up hiring a lot of ex-jocks from Mizzou.

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    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    He hires ex- jocks from everywhere . %90 of people working at Enterprise (both men and women)seem to be ex -jocks.
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  5. Any “athlete” who decided to not participate in team activities should have been stripped of his scholarship and expelled. Any faculty member who joined in the protests should have been fired, tenure or not. That’s how a real university president would have handled this. Instead the guy apologized and resigned in an unsurpassed display of colossal wussitude.

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    • Replies: @Dirk Dagger

    Instead the guy apologized and resigned in an unsurpassed display of colossal wussitude.
     
    I'm thinking he golden parachuted out of there? Who needs the aggravation.
    , @Former Darfur
    No, he should not be expelled, but he should have his scholarship revoked. Academics should never be contingent on athletics: of course if he can't pay, he is out.

    That said, I agree with most everything Rick Telander said in "The Hundred Yard Lie". Bigtime football and basketball are anathema to real education as currently conducted.
    , @Truth

    Any “athlete” who decided to not participate in team activities should have been stripped of his scholarship and expelled.
     
    Did you lose your job when you took a sick day, Vladimir?
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  6. Certainly both conservatives and liberals want their Alma Mater to win, win big. I understand the “winning at HC” ; the pageantry, the tailgating, the wearing of the team colors. What I don’t get, as a European, is that college is not the real world, and that someone should tell the students that, or in what you are implying, the conservative alumni.

    Alumni are allowed to give money and reminisce about the great times they had. Current students can’t afford to make their school, where their millionaire alumni bequeath money by the tens of thousands, look like the most mindless, full of irrational/hostile students advocating for censorship, or calling for anarchy, calling for mob-like-behavior-school, for future students…this includes Yale (they had a protest march in N.H. today!) in my opinion. It’s getting weird….really weird.

    Mizzou, is an outlier…something rotten there as far as alumni giving. Sometimes charismatic/ good-looking college coaches with winning teams (who kinda’ act like “daddy” to their players) just have winning teams because of their social intelligence, and the bread and circuses satisfies the alumni, too.

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    • Replies: @ivvenalis
    Plenty of people here root for "their" college teams even if they didn't go to college at all. Especially in the SEC. Big time college football is less a "school sport" than a professional league with historically contingent administrative attachment to certain academic institutions.
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  7. Did the Chairman of the Board quit?

    How will the legislature react?

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  8. The most deplorable one [AKA "Fourth doorman of the apocalypse"] says:
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  9. Oh… oh… horse feathers!

    To be precise:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_Feathers

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    Whatever it is, I'm against it.
    , @Gato de la Biblioteca
    Harold Llyod's The Freshman (1925) addressed the same issue. The university in the movie is introduced as

    Tate University - A large football stadium, with a college attached.
     
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  10. @countenance
    Jack Taylor (Enterprise Rent-a-Car) is one of the very biggest moneybags to Mizzou athletics. In turn, he winds up hiring a lot of ex-jocks from Mizzou.

    He hires ex- jocks from everywhere . %90 of people working at Enterprise (both men and women)seem to be ex -jocks.

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    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
    Yes, if their commercials are to be believed. I have read it is a shitty place to work, as well. They were recruiting at my directional college, which tells you all you need to know.
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  11. There’s a typo in the title – Worth instead of Worthy.

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  12. Even conservative millionaires need hobbies or escapes from the “real world” rat race in order to keep their sanity. The amount of money some of these fans spend on tickets, RV’s, tailgating or parking spots is mind boggling. But its all in good fun and a way to sort relive the best years of your life and get together with old friends.

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    • Replies: @The Anti-Gnostic
    Also a nice distraction from your own servitude and eventual displacement.

    Be nice if all that money and energy went into acquiring land and martial skills, and forming a militia for the protection of white ethnic interests. You think I'm kidding.
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  13. One of the older American collegiate jokes is a college president promising to build a university worthy of its football team (this may go back to the U. of Maryland in the early 1950s).

    That would be a hell of a school. After the 1951 season, Maryland beat that year’s national champions (Tennessee) in the Sugar Bowl. In 1953, Maryland won a national championship of their own in the first year of the ACC. In between, in 1952, Maryland managed to beat all the Tigers in the same year: LSU, Clemson, Auburn, and — yes — Missouri in the season opener.

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  14. Wasn’t this new president dude some non-academic? One who had already lost the faculty and the grad students?

    Just as lawyers won’t be bossed around by non lawyers and doctors won’t be bossed around by non doctors, so will academics not be bossed around by non academics (at least when they can get the football team riled to their side).

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  15. The Missouri athletic department ranks near the bottom of SEC schools in private donations, raising $22 million in the 2013-2014 fiscal year.

    Doesn’t sound too bad to me in absolute terms.

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  16. Does anyone suspect that the swastika drawn in human feces may be too good to be true for SJWs? I could very well be wrong, but it sounds like something anti-racists would cook up as a pretext for dishing out their justice.

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    Cook up and then crap out.
    , @Mark Spahn (West Seneca, NY)
    I happened to hear on MSNBC tonight that the art medium for this daubed swastika was "his own feces". How was it determined that the feces was male, and how was it determined that the dauber was also the supplier of the art medium? The feces might give clues to the diet, but does it also contain enough DNA to determine the identity of the defecator/defecatrix? Watch for a future episode of "CSI: Mizzou".
    , @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Simple projection of past experience ensures that this is a hoax. Cui bono, as our Roman forbears would remind us.
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  17. ot

    interesting hbd discussion

    bill whittle and stefan molyneux

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  18. See the bright side.

    This hysteria at Yale and Missouri are Lib vs Lib War.

    It’s boomeranging on them.

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  19. College athletic scholarships should be abolished, and every ex-athlete I know in the locker room agrees….

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  20. @Lagertha
    Certainly both conservatives and liberals want their Alma Mater to win, win big. I understand the "winning at HC" ; the pageantry, the tailgating, the wearing of the team colors. What I don't get, as a European, is that college is not the real world, and that someone should tell the students that, or in what you are implying, the conservative alumni.

    Alumni are allowed to give money and reminisce about the great times they had. Current students can't afford to make their school, where their millionaire alumni bequeath money by the tens of thousands, look like the most mindless, full of irrational/hostile students advocating for censorship, or calling for anarchy, calling for mob-like-behavior-school, for future students...this includes Yale (they had a protest march in N.H. today!) in my opinion. It's getting weird....really weird.

    Mizzou, is an outlier...something rotten there as far as alumni giving. Sometimes charismatic/ good-looking college coaches with winning teams (who kinda' act like "daddy" to their players) just have winning teams because of their social intelligence, and the bread and circuses satisfies the alumni, too.

    Plenty of people here root for “their” college teams even if they didn’t go to college at all. Especially in the SEC. Big time college football is less a “school sport” than a professional league with historically contingent administrative attachment to certain academic institutions.

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    • Replies: @David In TN
    Funny thing, SEC fans once upon a time looked upon rooting for their football teams as a way to re-fight the Civil War.
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  21. The line “I would like to build a university of which the football team could be proud” was said by George Lynn Cross, President of the University of Oklahoma. It was an off handed remark to a legislator during a budget meeting with the State Senate during the mid 1950′s on why the University’s annual budget should be increased.

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    • Replies: @cthulhu
    And, it should be said, Dr. Cross' comment was at the height of the Bud Wilkinson era at OU, when the team won back-to-back national championships and had a record 47 game winning streak (which I believe still stands).
    , @tbraton
    You touch on a point that seems to have been forgotten. Back in the old days (like the 50's), when fewer students went to college, it was a hard sales job for a college president to lobby the state legislature for more tax money to support the state university system. College athletics provided a means for the ordinary tax payer to identify with his state university and be more willing to cough up more money (via taxes) to support that institution. For example, the President of the U. of Maryland (which Steve Sailer erroneously attributed the saying to) in the 1950's when Maryland was turning out pretty good football teams was a guy named Curly Byrd, who had formerly been head football coach at Maryland. Here is what Wikipedia says about Curly Byrd: "In 1932, Byrd was promoted to vice president of the university.[5] In July 1935, he was named the acting president of the university,[5] and was officially appointed to the presidency in February 1936.[5] During his tenure, the budget, facilities, faculty, and enrollment increased significantly.[5] The school budget was increased and the campus expanded largely due to Byrd's deft political maneuvering in Annapolis and Washington."
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  22. Mindless obsession with sports is the height of goyish stupidity. How can worldly middle-aged men take the “success” of a bunch of illiterate ghetto thugs as their personal success? Truly these are strange days.

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    • Replies: @Lagertha
    Ok. Steve knows that I have said this before: HS & college football is the "farm team," the "training" for the NFL, so to speak. Pro football is a multi-billion dollar business where everyone involved with it happens to earn a decent living, right up to becoming part of the 1%, maybe even the .01%; this also, includes AA's. Think about it. And, today, despite the MSM going on about the 11 HS football athlete deaths this year (majority die from undetected congenital heart defects,) football, love it or hate it, is never going to stop existing in the USA. There is too much money in football; the fastest way for low-income Americans to high income, whether you are in the coaching side/administration side or player. And, don't assume college football players are morons. You would also be surprised (no doubt since you like to generalize) that the majority of football players are not from ghettos.
    , @Realist
    You are exactly right.
    , @Brutusale
    As opposed to my Jewish friends, who love their MLB and NBA. Jews just sniff different jocks.
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  23. “its football team … is 1-5 in conference play and has wracked up quite a record in recent years for sexual assault and domestic violence charges.”

    Oh Steve, I never realized what a subtle poet you are. Instead of “rack up a record”, you opted for the spelling “wrack”, as in “wrack and ruin, wreckage”.

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  24. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Always count on blacks to bite the hand that feeds them. It never fails. The US seems to be having it’s version of the Red Guard getting bolder and running amok. There’s a movie scheduled to come out featuring a black genius doctor (is there any other kind in the movies?) who discovers football causes concussions leading to brain damage on an epidemic scale. Perhaps that’ll scare parents everywhere and they’ll steer their children into soccer and football will just fade away. One can only hope.

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    • Replies: @Lagertha
    soccer has just as many concussions...girls soccer even more - so, like, (couldn't resist!) conundrum.
    , @Realist
    " Perhaps that’ll scare parents everywhere and they’ll steer their children into soccer and football will just fade away."

    Better yet parents should send their children to college for intellectual pursuits.
    , @donut
    Regardless of how much BS is going to be packed into the movie the basic story true . 30 for 30 did an episode on it . As I recall the negro MD (from Nigeria ) was the first to observe and report this phenomena a lot of other people were instrumental in getting his findings accepted .
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  25. @Intelligent Dasein
    Any "athlete" who decided to not participate in team activities should have been stripped of his scholarship and expelled. Any faculty member who joined in the protests should have been fired, tenure or not. That's how a real university president would have handled this. Instead the guy apologized and resigned in an unsurpassed display of colossal wussitude.

    Instead the guy apologized and resigned in an unsurpassed display of colossal wussitude.

    I’m thinking he golden parachuted out of there? Who needs the aggravation.

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    • Replies: @Lagertha
    that was my first thought, too. Why bother...I think he had 2 golden parachutes today. And, if you're hovering around 60, what's the point?
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  26. WhatEvvs [AKA "Internet Addict"] says:
    @El Gringo del Norte
    Does anyone suspect that the swastika drawn in human feces may be too good to be true for SJWs? I could very well be wrong, but it sounds like something anti-racists would cook up as a pretext for dishing out their justice.

    Cook up and then crap out.

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  27. I look at what institutions wealthy (or even just upper middle class) Southern White Republican donors give their money too and I just sigh. There is just very little regard for anything beyond even a five year time horizon. Most Americans still have the notion that these large institutions (government, academic and corporate) actually give fig about their well-being. I’m sure they still think, for example, a company like GE always has America’s best interest in mind.

    We may criticize Paul Singer but buying influence at places like Brookings or AEI goes much farther than donating money for an alumni center at FSU. Shame on us.

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    • Replies: @Lagertha
    people are simple creatures.
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  28. Those millionaire contributors to colidge athletiks must be the same beer-bellied guys who bid six figures on orange 1960s muscle cars that go fast in a straight line.

    Culture. Yee haw!

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  29. […] I can’t find a better Eph connection to events at Missouri than this. […]

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  30. I work at a state university and know some of the development people. Big ticket donors will give for building projects. They understand that. They’ll give to our sleepy Podunk Tech Foundation, which provides scholarships. They understand that. Very occasionally they’ll endow a chair, underwrite a speakers’ series, or sponsor research, something that affects the intellectual substance of the university.

    That’s where they don’t understand, although they think they do. In one case, a naïve high roller gave $1 million for research that I know to a certainty will be totally pissed out the window. Why? Because the dean simply won’t undertake research that offends other high rollers, important campus constituencies, area corporate and civic leaders, et. al. The dean is blowing the money on speakers, and, I assume, is masterfully stroking the chump who gave the million. No one on campus who knows the inside story dares to say anything for fear of risking his career.

    My point, Steve, is, I guess, the obvious. Getting support for controversial, independent scholarship and journalism is a bear, and one reason is that universities can give donors the kind of feel-good public props that independent folks are less able to.

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    • Replies: @Lagertha
    exactly.
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  31. @Peter Meyer
    Mindless obsession with sports is the height of goyish stupidity. How can worldly middle-aged men take the "success" of a bunch of illiterate ghetto thugs as their personal success? Truly these are strange days.

    Ok. Steve knows that I have said this before: HS & college football is the “farm team,” the “training” for the NFL, so to speak. Pro football is a multi-billion dollar business where everyone involved with it happens to earn a decent living, right up to becoming part of the 1%, maybe even the .01%; this also, includes AA’s. Think about it. And, today, despite the MSM going on about the 11 HS football athlete deaths this year (majority die from undetected congenital heart defects,) football, love it or hate it, is never going to stop existing in the USA. There is too much money in football; the fastest way for low-income Americans to high income, whether you are in the coaching side/administration side or player. And, don’t assume college football players are morons. You would also be surprised (no doubt since you like to generalize) that the majority of football players are not from ghettos.

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    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    I suspect that you would be surprised by the number of iSteve readers that know that NFL players to have a (relatively) high g-factor. I doubt that they would be surprised that the best college players would have a (relatively) high g-factor.

    But your assumption that football won't be retired because too much money is there ignores the impact of culture. Boxing was once the true test of the physical capabilities of a man. But 16-oz gloves and headgear reduced the downside to the point where ultimate fighting has taken boxing's place. And now some believe a woman could compete in that arena. The action movies are propagating the 'meme'. Eventually disparate impact, or the fact that women really can't go toe-to-toe with a comparably motivated, equally sized, and unchivalrous man, will be the demise of ultimate fighting.

    Ghettos will have nothing to do with what transpires, nor with how it concludes. SJW's will denounce the activity. And that will be enough (for the moment).

    Eventually football will begin all over again. It will start without equipment beyond an open field marked with chalk and one fully-inflated football. And the participants will not be hamstringed by the abominably deformed game we witness today. And not a single SJW will be present.
    , @tbraton
    David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, lettered in both football and basketball at Stanford.
    , @Bleuteaux
    I'm not so sure of this. In the past, football has been loved by some and tolerated by most. Growing percents of of people are despising football and it's degenerative effects on culture and academics. Also consider how much of American sports is dependent on cable and satellite subscriptions. The millenials are not going to replace boomer spending on Sunday Ticket packages.
    , @Buffalo Joe
    Lagertha, is there a short version of your name, but on topic...Betting, legal and illegal loves, needs football. I am an occasional bettor, but years ago I was running a fairly large crew on a huge project. The Teamsters' steward asked me if his son, who was my one and only teamster, could pass out and collect Football betting cards....pick x number of games ( college and pro) against the spread and hope you win. I was riding on the job with him one day and a paper grocery bag was on the seat of the pick up. "What's this your lunch?" I asked, "No, not my lunch, but you can look." he replied. The bag was full, very full of cash. "How much ?" I asked.. "Thirty five large." That's right, $35K in football bets on a project with 3000 construction workers. No other sport gets a handle like that.
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  32. @anony-mouse
    Oh... oh... horse feathers!

    To be precise:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_Feathers

    Whatever it is, I’m against it.

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  33. This story seems to be 100% about the crack up of the Coalition of the Extremes rather than having something to do with powerful alumni wanting success for the football team. This football team stinks, the coach should be fired and you have a bunch of losers (including the coach) casting themselves as race heroes to avoid accountability for their bad performance.

    The Mizzou Board of Regents are a bunch of Democratic party hacks appointed by the Gov. The unrest at Columbia threatens to spill over into primary season and Loftin is a liability, so they got rid of him. Lesson to people like Loftin, you have to choose between building a better university and being a Democrat. Your party is run by people who don’t care AT ALL.

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    • Replies: @Lagertha
    my instinct is: the team had a horrible record; an embarrassment, really, in Big 12/10/SEC territory, so, at least now, they can eat their Halloween candy and feel like their costume was great, despite the season. Ok, that was one of my brain farts, should have said," Missouri gets acclaim during season 2015 for accomplishing SOMETHING that the team can have cameras on them...maybe not espn/fox cameras, but some cameras.
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  34. Republicans’ media bias claims boosted by scarcity of right-leaning journalists

    A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans, and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential candidates’ claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they deal with the press.

    Among Washington correspondents, the ones who dominate national political coverage, it’s even more skewed, said Tim Groseclose, author of “Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.” More than 90 percent of D.C. journalists vote Democratic, with an even higher number giving to Democrats or liberal-leaning political action committees, the author said.

    “There’s something in the DNA of liberals that makes them want to go into jobs like the arts, journalism and academia more so than conservatives,” Mr. Groseclose said. “Even if you’re just trying to maximize profits by offering an alternative point of view, it’s hard to find conservative reporters. So it’s natural the media is more liberal.”

    There’s something in the DNA of leftists (e.g., Groseclose) that makes them liars. Selective liars, of course, who would never say:

    “There’s something in the DNA of men, that makes them want to go into jobs like engineering and computer science, more so than women.”

    “There’s something in the DNA of whites and yellows, that makes them want to go into jobs in Silicon Valley, more so than blacks and browns.”

    “There’s something in the DNA of Jews, that makes them want to go into jobs in Hollywood, Madison Avenue, Wall Street, and banking, more so than other groups.”

    “There’s something in the DNA of blacks, that makes them want to go into jobs in performing arts, sports, and gov’t, more so than other groups.”

    Funny how this reality-distortion field only affects the media. Everyone else manages to hire employees who will do their jobs, but oh no, not the leftist corporate media. They just can’t get their message out, because only 90% of their employees are leftists. Leftists who keep thwarting their leftist bosses by printing leftism; it’s a real mystery wrapped inside an enigma.

    David D’Alessio, a communications sciences professor at the University of Connecticut at Stamford, said there is bias in the press, but his research shows it evens out.

    “If you stop to think about media as larger than just reporters and owners they’re business entities and their job is to make money. If you look at where people’s opinions are, they are in the middle, so that’s where a lot of reporting goes because that’s where the eyeballs go,” he said.

    Mr. D’Alessio argues that for every liberal news network like MSNBC, there’s a Fox News counterpoint because the market creates that opening. For The Huffington Post online, there’s the Drudge Report online, and for The New York Times there’s the New York Post.

    But overall, he says, the mainstream media tend to be more neutral in their tone despite an individual reporter’s ideological preferences, because they want to appeal to both conservative and liberal viewers alike — because that’s where the greatest market is for making money. People only perceive the mainstream media as being biased because of their own biases.

    Nonsense. The leftist corporate media routinely packages leftism as “neutral” and “middle of the road.” The pattern of their Narrative is obvious to millions of Americans by now. Alessio is whitewashing, probably because he’s a leftist academic, like all the other leftist academics.

    Of course the leftist commissar takes a laissez faire approach to policing the leftist media.

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    • Replies: @Rob McX
    The number of conservatives in media jobs could be a lot higher than stated. But a genuinely conservative journalist would be like an atheist bishop - he has to keep his true beliefs to himself.
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  35. @kaganovitch
    He hires ex- jocks from everywhere . %90 of people working at Enterprise (both men and women)seem to be ex -jocks.

    Yes, if their commercials are to be believed. I have read it is a shitty place to work, as well. They were recruiting at my directional college, which tells you all you need to know.

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    • Replies: @kaganovitch
    I used to rent a lot at Enterprise at several different locations back when my job involved a lot of travel and every location was staffed by ex jocks of one sort or another.
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  36. @JerseyGuy
    I look at what institutions wealthy (or even just upper middle class) Southern White Republican donors give their money too and I just sigh. There is just very little regard for anything beyond even a five year time horizon. Most Americans still have the notion that these large institutions (government, academic and corporate) actually give fig about their well-being. I'm sure they still think, for example, a company like GE always has America's best interest in mind.

    We may criticize Paul Singer but buying influence at places like Brookings or AEI goes much farther than donating money for an alumni center at FSU. Shame on us.

    people are simple creatures.

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  37. @anonymous
    Always count on blacks to bite the hand that feeds them. It never fails. The US seems to be having it's version of the Red Guard getting bolder and running amok. There's a movie scheduled to come out featuring a black genius doctor (is there any other kind in the movies?) who discovers football causes concussions leading to brain damage on an epidemic scale. Perhaps that'll scare parents everywhere and they'll steer their children into soccer and football will just fade away. One can only hope.

    soccer has just as many concussions…girls soccer even more – so, like, (couldn’t resist!) conundrum.

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  38. @Dirk Dagger

    Instead the guy apologized and resigned in an unsurpassed display of colossal wussitude.
     
    I'm thinking he golden parachuted out of there? Who needs the aggravation.

    that was my first thought, too. Why bother…I think he had 2 golden parachutes today. And, if you’re hovering around 60, what’s the point?

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  39. @Ezra
    This story seems to be 100% about the crack up of the Coalition of the Extremes rather than having something to do with powerful alumni wanting success for the football team. This football team stinks, the coach should be fired and you have a bunch of losers (including the coach) casting themselves as race heroes to avoid accountability for their bad performance.

    The Mizzou Board of Regents are a bunch of Democratic party hacks appointed by the Gov. The unrest at Columbia threatens to spill over into primary season and Loftin is a liability, so they got rid of him. Lesson to people like Loftin, you have to choose between building a better university and being a Democrat. Your party is run by people who don't care AT ALL.

    my instinct is: the team had a horrible record; an embarrassment, really, in Big 12/10/SEC territory, so, at least now, they can eat their Halloween candy and feel like their costume was great, despite the season. Ok, that was one of my brain farts, should have said,” Missouri gets acclaim during season 2015 for accomplishing SOMETHING that the team can have cameras on them…maybe not espn/fox cameras, but some cameras.

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  40. @JackOH
    I work at a state university and know some of the development people. Big ticket donors will give for building projects. They understand that. They'll give to our sleepy Podunk Tech Foundation, which provides scholarships. They understand that. Very occasionally they'll endow a chair, underwrite a speakers' series, or sponsor research, something that affects the intellectual substance of the university.

    That's where they don't understand, although they think they do. In one case, a naïve high roller gave $1 million for research that I know to a certainty will be totally pissed out the window. Why? Because the dean simply won't undertake research that offends other high rollers, important campus constituencies, area corporate and civic leaders, et. al. The dean is blowing the money on speakers, and, I assume, is masterfully stroking the chump who gave the million. No one on campus who knows the inside story dares to say anything for fear of risking his career.

    My point, Steve, is, I guess, the obvious. Getting support for controversial, independent scholarship and journalism is a bear, and one reason is that universities can give donors the kind of feel-good public props that independent folks are less able to.

    exactly.

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  41. @Intelligent Dasein
    Any "athlete" who decided to not participate in team activities should have been stripped of his scholarship and expelled. Any faculty member who joined in the protests should have been fired, tenure or not. That's how a real university president would have handled this. Instead the guy apologized and resigned in an unsurpassed display of colossal wussitude.

    No, he should not be expelled, but he should have his scholarship revoked. Academics should never be contingent on athletics: of course if he can’t pay, he is out.

    That said, I agree with most everything Rick Telander said in “The Hundred Yard Lie”. Bigtime football and basketball are anathema to real education as currently conducted.

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    The book by Telander you reference came out in 1989 and he claimed he was finished with college football. In fact, Telander just kept on being a shill for commercialized football.
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  42. @El Gringo del Norte
    Does anyone suspect that the swastika drawn in human feces may be too good to be true for SJWs? I could very well be wrong, but it sounds like something anti-racists would cook up as a pretext for dishing out their justice.

    I happened to hear on MSNBC tonight that the art medium for this daubed swastika was “his own feces”. How was it determined that the feces was male, and how was it determined that the dauber was also the supplier of the art medium? The feces might give clues to the diet, but does it also contain enough DNA to determine the identity of the defecator/defecatrix? Watch for a future episode of “CSI: Mizzou”.

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  43. The feces might give clues to the diet, but does it also contain enough DNA to determine the identity of the defecator/defecatrix? Watch for a future episode of “CSI: Mizzou”.

    Subtitled: “Vegan or paleo?”

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  44. @El Gringo del Norte
    Does anyone suspect that the swastika drawn in human feces may be too good to be true for SJWs? I could very well be wrong, but it sounds like something anti-racists would cook up as a pretext for dishing out their justice.

    Simple projection of past experience ensures that this is a hoax. Cui bono, as our Roman forbears would remind us.

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  45. @soonertroll
    The line "I would like to build a university of which the football team could be proud" was said by George Lynn Cross, President of the University of Oklahoma. It was an off handed remark to a legislator during a budget meeting with the State Senate during the mid 1950's on why the University's annual budget should be increased.

    And, it should be said, Dr. Cross’ comment was at the height of the Bud Wilkinson era at OU, when the team won back-to-back national championships and had a record 47 game winning streak (which I believe still stands).

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  46. I gave up on organized athletics when Tulane students stopped playing LSU students, and each respectively hired, under cover of their names, the New Orleans housing projects to play the Baton Rouge housing projects. Etc., etc., etc.

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  47. @Lagertha
    Ok. Steve knows that I have said this before: HS & college football is the "farm team," the "training" for the NFL, so to speak. Pro football is a multi-billion dollar business where everyone involved with it happens to earn a decent living, right up to becoming part of the 1%, maybe even the .01%; this also, includes AA's. Think about it. And, today, despite the MSM going on about the 11 HS football athlete deaths this year (majority die from undetected congenital heart defects,) football, love it or hate it, is never going to stop existing in the USA. There is too much money in football; the fastest way for low-income Americans to high income, whether you are in the coaching side/administration side or player. And, don't assume college football players are morons. You would also be surprised (no doubt since you like to generalize) that the majority of football players are not from ghettos.

    I suspect that you would be surprised by the number of iSteve readers that know that NFL players to have a (relatively) high g-factor. I doubt that they would be surprised that the best college players would have a (relatively) high g-factor.

    But your assumption that football won’t be retired because too much money is there ignores the impact of culture. Boxing was once the true test of the physical capabilities of a man. But 16-oz gloves and headgear reduced the downside to the point where ultimate fighting has taken boxing’s place. And now some believe a woman could compete in that arena. The action movies are propagating the ‘meme’. Eventually disparate impact, or the fact that women really can’t go toe-to-toe with a comparably motivated, equally sized, and unchivalrous man, will be the demise of ultimate fighting.

    Ghettos will have nothing to do with what transpires, nor with how it concludes. SJW’s will denounce the activity. And that will be enough (for the moment).

    Eventually football will begin all over again. It will start without equipment beyond an open field marked with chalk and one fully-inflated football. And the participants will not be hamstringed by the abominably deformed game we witness today. And not a single SJW will be present.

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  48. @ivvenalis
    Plenty of people here root for "their" college teams even if they didn't go to college at all. Especially in the SEC. Big time college football is less a "school sport" than a professional league with historically contingent administrative attachment to certain academic institutions.

    Funny thing, SEC fans once upon a time looked upon rooting for their football teams as a way to re-fight the Civil War.

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  49. @Former Darfur
    No, he should not be expelled, but he should have his scholarship revoked. Academics should never be contingent on athletics: of course if he can't pay, he is out.

    That said, I agree with most everything Rick Telander said in "The Hundred Yard Lie". Bigtime football and basketball are anathema to real education as currently conducted.

    The book by Telander you reference came out in 1989 and he claimed he was finished with college football. In fact, Telander just kept on being a shill for commercialized football.

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  50. Over the last decades universities have lowered their standards to bring in more money. That is why campus crime is through the roof.

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    Realist, the University at Buffalo expelled the MAC basketball player of the year. They gave him a summer job to change batteries in dorm room smoke detectors. They also gave him a master key to the dorm rooms. He helped himself to $6oo in student cash that he found in dorm rooms. The Student Council or whatever they are called recommended that he be expelled...the reason, it was not his first offense. He also had a history at the Junior college that they recruited him from, but he also had a sweet shot and good rebounding skills.
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  51. @Fast
    Compared to other SEC schools, Missouri actually has other sports its residents can support. Many of these SEC school alum and state residents live, eat and breathe college football. Also, Mizzou has had the unfortunate luck of not having a Final Four basketball team (despite a history of a solid program) or a football team play for the national championship.

    In all honesty, I can think of better charities and programs to donate money to rather than college athletics, particularly if it is a taxpayer-state funded school.

    I thought the point of colleges and universities was excellence in academics.

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  52. @Peter Meyer
    Mindless obsession with sports is the height of goyish stupidity. How can worldly middle-aged men take the "success" of a bunch of illiterate ghetto thugs as their personal success? Truly these are strange days.

    You are exactly right.

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  53. @anonymous
    Always count on blacks to bite the hand that feeds them. It never fails. The US seems to be having it's version of the Red Guard getting bolder and running amok. There's a movie scheduled to come out featuring a black genius doctor (is there any other kind in the movies?) who discovers football causes concussions leading to brain damage on an epidemic scale. Perhaps that'll scare parents everywhere and they'll steer their children into soccer and football will just fade away. One can only hope.

    ” Perhaps that’ll scare parents everywhere and they’ll steer their children into soccer and football will just fade away.”

    Better yet parents should send their children to college for intellectual pursuits.

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    Better yet parents should send their children to college for intellectual pursuits.

     

    And, more importantly, to find a good spouse.
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  54. @anonymous
    Always count on blacks to bite the hand that feeds them. It never fails. The US seems to be having it's version of the Red Guard getting bolder and running amok. There's a movie scheduled to come out featuring a black genius doctor (is there any other kind in the movies?) who discovers football causes concussions leading to brain damage on an epidemic scale. Perhaps that'll scare parents everywhere and they'll steer their children into soccer and football will just fade away. One can only hope.

    Regardless of how much BS is going to be packed into the movie the basic story true . 30 for 30 did an episode on it . As I recall the negro MD (from Nigeria ) was the first to observe and report this phenomena a lot of other people were instrumental in getting his findings accepted .

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  55. With the U. of Missouri football team firing the president and chairman of the board,

    As Far as I know, the football team does not have the power to fire anyone; and what’s unusual about American college students holding a protest? Are you unfamiliar with Kent State?

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  56. @Intelligent Dasein
    Any "athlete" who decided to not participate in team activities should have been stripped of his scholarship and expelled. Any faculty member who joined in the protests should have been fired, tenure or not. That's how a real university president would have handled this. Instead the guy apologized and resigned in an unsurpassed display of colossal wussitude.

    Any “athlete” who decided to not participate in team activities should have been stripped of his scholarship and expelled.

    Did you lose your job when you took a sick day, Vladimir?

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    Do you want to stop this insanity or not?
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  57. @soonertroll
    The line "I would like to build a university of which the football team could be proud" was said by George Lynn Cross, President of the University of Oklahoma. It was an off handed remark to a legislator during a budget meeting with the State Senate during the mid 1950's on why the University's annual budget should be increased.

    You touch on a point that seems to have been forgotten. Back in the old days (like the 50′s), when fewer students went to college, it was a hard sales job for a college president to lobby the state legislature for more tax money to support the state university system. College athletics provided a means for the ordinary tax payer to identify with his state university and be more willing to cough up more money (via taxes) to support that institution. For example, the President of the U. of Maryland (which Steve Sailer erroneously attributed the saying to) in the 1950′s when Maryland was turning out pretty good football teams was a guy named Curly Byrd, who had formerly been head football coach at Maryland. Here is what Wikipedia says about Curly Byrd: “In 1932, Byrd was promoted to vice president of the university.[5] In July 1935, he was named the acting president of the university,[5] and was officially appointed to the presidency in February 1936.[5] During his tenure, the budget, facilities, faculty, and enrollment increased significantly.[5] The school budget was increased and the campus expanded largely due to Byrd’s deft political maneuvering in Annapolis and Washington.”

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    BTW I forgot to note that Curley Byrd was undeniably the creator of the modern U. of Maryland. He literally turned what had been cow pastures into the campus of UM. They named the football stadium after him, which was an appropriate honor in light of his prior service as football coach and his great contribution to the creation of UM. But the SJW's discovered that Curley Byrd had been a segregationist and recently moved to take his name off the stadium: "In 2015, the student government association agreed to a resolution in support of removing "Byrd" from the stadium's name because of Harry "Curley" Byrd's segregationist history.[16][17] On September 28, 2015, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh appointed a task force to develop viewpoints and options. The University President will then make a recommendation to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents—the governing body of Maryland state universities—as to whether to change or keep the name. The ultimate decision on any name change rests with the Board of Regents.[18]" Gee, I wonder how that's going to turn out. On to Jefferson Davis Highway, I say.

    My oldest brother attended UM his freshman year before transferring to another school. I grew up in D.C., a half hour drive from UM. In my senior year in high school, I attended my first lacrosse game at Byrd Stadium between UM and Army, which happened to be one of the bloodiest matches in the history of college lacrosse. My mouth was agape as I watched these fine student-athletes hacking away at each other with wooden sticks, as if they were in a jungle somewhere. Later, when I was in college, I happened to become friends with an older student who was in a class behind me. Apparently, he had played goalie on the lacrosse team for a top prep school in Baltimore, but finances forced him to enlist in the army for a couple of years, after which he gained a scholarship to attend college. In light of his background, the army decided to assign him to West Point, where he served as assistant coach on the lacrosse team. I mentioned the one college lacrosse game I had happened to watch in person, and he laughed. He had been on the sidelines coaching Army in that game, and he said that game had gained notoriety as the bloodiest lacrosse game ever played. Although the game was sparsely attended, I found the original Byrd Stadium (30-35,000 capacity, as I recall, long before the addition of the upper deck, which increased capacity to 50,000+) to be a very pleasant place to watch a game, even if it was named after a segregationist.
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  58. @Lagertha
    Ok. Steve knows that I have said this before: HS & college football is the "farm team," the "training" for the NFL, so to speak. Pro football is a multi-billion dollar business where everyone involved with it happens to earn a decent living, right up to becoming part of the 1%, maybe even the .01%; this also, includes AA's. Think about it. And, today, despite the MSM going on about the 11 HS football athlete deaths this year (majority die from undetected congenital heart defects,) football, love it or hate it, is never going to stop existing in the USA. There is too much money in football; the fastest way for low-income Americans to high income, whether you are in the coaching side/administration side or player. And, don't assume college football players are morons. You would also be surprised (no doubt since you like to generalize) that the majority of football players are not from ghettos.

    David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, lettered in both football and basketball at Stanford.

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    "David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, lettered in both football and basketball at Stanford."

    Very, very rare indeed....most jocks are losers.
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  59. You can buy a lot of think tank staffers for the cost of first rate offensive coordinator

    You can make difference in football by buying key players and at worst you get regarded as a nice guy. In politics as a wealthy donor to paleo or archaic /Neanderthal conservatives, you can’t make a difference because your team is not the one the pro and semi professional politicians want to play for, mainly because of the disparity in resources. Moreover, The Eye of Soros will focus on you as an evil genius, and your tax will be audited (as happened to even minor donors to the Tea Party). Your wife will complain she is being ostracised and insist you put your family first.

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  60. @Lagertha
    Ok. Steve knows that I have said this before: HS & college football is the "farm team," the "training" for the NFL, so to speak. Pro football is a multi-billion dollar business where everyone involved with it happens to earn a decent living, right up to becoming part of the 1%, maybe even the .01%; this also, includes AA's. Think about it. And, today, despite the MSM going on about the 11 HS football athlete deaths this year (majority die from undetected congenital heart defects,) football, love it or hate it, is never going to stop existing in the USA. There is too much money in football; the fastest way for low-income Americans to high income, whether you are in the coaching side/administration side or player. And, don't assume college football players are morons. You would also be surprised (no doubt since you like to generalize) that the majority of football players are not from ghettos.

    I’m not so sure of this. In the past, football has been loved by some and tolerated by most. Growing percents of of people are despising football and it’s degenerative effects on culture and academics. Also consider how much of American sports is dependent on cable and satellite subscriptions. The millenials are not going to replace boomer spending on Sunday Ticket packages.

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  61. @Truth

    Any “athlete” who decided to not participate in team activities should have been stripped of his scholarship and expelled.
     
    Did you lose your job when you took a sick day, Vladimir?

    Do you want to stop this insanity or not?

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    Grasshopper, insanity takes many, and variant forms.
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  62. @Svigor
    Republicans’ media bias claims boosted by scarcity of right-leaning journalists

    A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans, and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential candidates’ claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they deal with the press.
     

    Among Washington correspondents, the ones who dominate national political coverage, it’s even more skewed, said Tim Groseclose, author of “Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.” More than 90 percent of D.C. journalists vote Democratic, with an even higher number giving to Democrats or liberal-leaning political action committees, the author said.
     

    “There’s something in the DNA of liberals that makes them want to go into jobs like the arts, journalism and academia more so than conservatives,” Mr. Groseclose said. “Even if you’re just trying to maximize profits by offering an alternative point of view, it’s hard to find conservative reporters. So it’s natural the media is more liberal.”
     
    There's something in the DNA of leftists (e.g., Groseclose) that makes them liars. Selective liars, of course, who would never say:

    "There's something in the DNA of men, that makes them want to go into jobs like engineering and computer science, more so than women."

    "There's something in the DNA of whites and yellows, that makes them want to go into jobs in Silicon Valley, more so than blacks and browns."

    "There's something in the DNA of Jews, that makes them want to go into jobs in Hollywood, Madison Avenue, Wall Street, and banking, more so than other groups."

    "There's something in the DNA of blacks, that makes them want to go into jobs in performing arts, sports, and gov't, more so than other groups."

    Funny how this reality-distortion field only affects the media. Everyone else manages to hire employees who will do their jobs, but oh no, not the leftist corporate media. They just can't get their message out, because only 90% of their employees are leftists. Leftists who keep thwarting their leftist bosses by printing leftism; it's a real mystery wrapped inside an enigma.

    David D’Alessio, a communications sciences professor at the University of Connecticut at Stamford, said there is bias in the press, but his research shows it evens out.

    “If you stop to think about media as larger than just reporters and owners they’re business entities and their job is to make money. If you look at where people’s opinions are, they are in the middle, so that’s where a lot of reporting goes because that’s where the eyeballs go,” he said.

    Mr. D’Alessio argues that for every liberal news network like MSNBC, there’s a Fox News counterpoint because the market creates that opening. For The Huffington Post online, there’s the Drudge Report online, and for The New York Times there’s the New York Post.

    But overall, he says, the mainstream media tend to be more neutral in their tone despite an individual reporter’s ideological preferences, because they want to appeal to both conservative and liberal viewers alike — because that’s where the greatest market is for making money. People only perceive the mainstream media as being biased because of their own biases.
     
    Nonsense. The leftist corporate media routinely packages leftism as "neutral" and "middle of the road." The pattern of their Narrative is obvious to millions of Americans by now. Alessio is whitewashing, probably because he's a leftist academic, like all the other leftist academics.

    Of course the leftist commissar takes a laissez faire approach to policing the leftist media.

    The number of conservatives in media jobs could be a lot higher than stated. But a genuinely conservative journalist would be like an atheist bishop – he has to keep his true beliefs to himself.

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  63. @Lagertha
    exactly.

    Yeah, thanks. The public may be surprised that unspoken academic codes of omerta suppress and promote inquiry in areas that many would think not too controversial. There’s the story of Pamphlet No. 5 and economist T. N. Schultz (hope I got the name right). Butter vs. margarine. Long story short: anyone who thinks he’ll be generally advancing Western Civ by indiscriminately dumping, say, $10 million, on his local Podunk Tech’s academic departments will be disappointed.

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  64. @Realist
    " Perhaps that’ll scare parents everywhere and they’ll steer their children into soccer and football will just fade away."

    Better yet parents should send their children to college for intellectual pursuits.

    Better yet parents should send their children to college for intellectual pursuits.

    And, more importantly, to find a good spouse.

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  65. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Steve – there is a flip side to your point about rich conservatives pouring their money and tribalism into college football. Leftist academics invest their totalitarian energies into college life, not as much out here in the real world where they could really cause trouble. Ideological purity tests for hiring and promotion, secret People’s Rape Courts, Two Minute Hates, Intellectual Gleichaltung and all the rest make college campuses little Stalinist theme parks for them to enjoy. Just as billions of dollars are spent on college football so tribalism has a safe outlet, college campuses keep would-be Einsatzgruppen and NKVD operatives right where we can see them.

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  66. The number of conservatives in media jobs could be a lot higher than stated. But a genuinely conservative journalist would be like an atheist bishop – he has to keep his true beliefs to himself.

    Given the nature of the left, this could be true even if conservatives were 60% or more of the total.

    But, it’s a distinction without much of a difference; what’s going on in a journalist’s head is of limited importance.

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  67. There is a bit of a misconception here that athletics has it’s ridiculously out of place importance at our universities because the rich donors demand it. A number of university presidents loathe and despise the athletics department and everything they stand for BUT they know all too well that their applications drop precipitously in those years that their mens’ football and/or basketball programs are lousy.

    more wins=more applications
    more applications= better students accepted
    better students=better university

    DePaul University is a joke. They will accept any student and not flunk them out as long as Daddy keeps paying the tuition. Back in the days when they were an NCAA basketball powerhouse they took all that free advertising and converted it into more applications from higher quality students. That doesn’t mean all the students going to DePaul are dummies, they do hand out a lot of scholarships to kids that actually belong in a university, but now that Ray Meyer is dead and their basketball program sucks, anybody who can sit in a chair is accepted to this school of higher learning.

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  68. @Fast
    Even conservative millionaires need hobbies or escapes from the "real world" rat race in order to keep their sanity. The amount of money some of these fans spend on tickets, RV's, tailgating or parking spots is mind boggling. But its all in good fun and a way to sort relive the best years of your life and get together with old friends.

    Also a nice distraction from your own servitude and eventual displacement.

    Be nice if all that money and energy went into acquiring land and martial skills, and forming a militia for the protection of white ethnic interests. You think I’m kidding.

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    Be nice if all that money and energy went into acquiring land and martial skills, and forming a militia for the protection of white ethnic interests. You think I’m kidding.

     

    I think what you're suggesting is organizing the unorganized militia we already have.
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  69. @tbraton
    David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, lettered in both football and basketball at Stanford.

    “David Packard, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard, lettered in both football and basketball at Stanford.”

    Very, very rare indeed….most jocks are losers.

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  70. @The Anti-Gnostic
    Also a nice distraction from your own servitude and eventual displacement.

    Be nice if all that money and energy went into acquiring land and martial skills, and forming a militia for the protection of white ethnic interests. You think I'm kidding.

    Be nice if all that money and energy went into acquiring land and martial skills, and forming a militia for the protection of white ethnic interests. You think I’m kidding.

    I think what you’re suggesting is organizing the unorganized militia we already have.

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  71. @Peter Meyer
    Mindless obsession with sports is the height of goyish stupidity. How can worldly middle-aged men take the "success" of a bunch of illiterate ghetto thugs as their personal success? Truly these are strange days.

    As opposed to my Jewish friends, who love their MLB and NBA. Jews just sniff different jocks.

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  72. @Intelligent Dasein
    Do you want to stop this insanity or not?

    Grasshopper, insanity takes many, and variant forms.

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  73. @Lagertha
    Ok. Steve knows that I have said this before: HS & college football is the "farm team," the "training" for the NFL, so to speak. Pro football is a multi-billion dollar business where everyone involved with it happens to earn a decent living, right up to becoming part of the 1%, maybe even the .01%; this also, includes AA's. Think about it. And, today, despite the MSM going on about the 11 HS football athlete deaths this year (majority die from undetected congenital heart defects,) football, love it or hate it, is never going to stop existing in the USA. There is too much money in football; the fastest way for low-income Americans to high income, whether you are in the coaching side/administration side or player. And, don't assume college football players are morons. You would also be surprised (no doubt since you like to generalize) that the majority of football players are not from ghettos.

    Lagertha, is there a short version of your name, but on topic…Betting, legal and illegal loves, needs football. I am an occasional bettor, but years ago I was running a fairly large crew on a huge project. The Teamsters’ steward asked me if his son, who was my one and only teamster, could pass out and collect Football betting cards….pick x number of games ( college and pro) against the spread and hope you win. I was riding on the job with him one day and a paper grocery bag was on the seat of the pick up. “What’s this your lunch?” I asked, “No, not my lunch, but you can look.” he replied. The bag was full, very full of cash. “How much ?” I asked.. “Thirty five large.” That’s right, $35K in football bets on a project with 3000 construction workers. No other sport gets a handle like that.

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  74. @Realist
    Over the last decades universities have lowered their standards to bring in more money. That is why campus crime is through the roof.

    Realist, the University at Buffalo expelled the MAC basketball player of the year. They gave him a summer job to change batteries in dorm room smoke detectors. They also gave him a master key to the dorm rooms. He helped himself to $6oo in student cash that he found in dorm rooms. The Student Council or whatever they are called recommended that he be expelled…the reason, it was not his first offense. He also had a history at the Junior college that they recruited him from, but he also had a sweet shot and good rebounding skills.

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    Thanks for the information. It make you wonder how stupid the American people really are.
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  75. @tbraton
    You touch on a point that seems to have been forgotten. Back in the old days (like the 50's), when fewer students went to college, it was a hard sales job for a college president to lobby the state legislature for more tax money to support the state university system. College athletics provided a means for the ordinary tax payer to identify with his state university and be more willing to cough up more money (via taxes) to support that institution. For example, the President of the U. of Maryland (which Steve Sailer erroneously attributed the saying to) in the 1950's when Maryland was turning out pretty good football teams was a guy named Curly Byrd, who had formerly been head football coach at Maryland. Here is what Wikipedia says about Curly Byrd: "In 1932, Byrd was promoted to vice president of the university.[5] In July 1935, he was named the acting president of the university,[5] and was officially appointed to the presidency in February 1936.[5] During his tenure, the budget, facilities, faculty, and enrollment increased significantly.[5] The school budget was increased and the campus expanded largely due to Byrd's deft political maneuvering in Annapolis and Washington."

    BTW I forgot to note that Curley Byrd was undeniably the creator of the modern U. of Maryland. He literally turned what had been cow pastures into the campus of UM. They named the football stadium after him, which was an appropriate honor in light of his prior service as football coach and his great contribution to the creation of UM. But the SJW’s discovered that Curley Byrd had been a segregationist and recently moved to take his name off the stadium: “In 2015, the student government association agreed to a resolution in support of removing “Byrd” from the stadium’s name because of Harry “Curley” Byrd’s segregationist history.[16][17] On September 28, 2015, University of Maryland President Wallace Loh appointed a task force to develop viewpoints and options. The University President will then make a recommendation to the University System of Maryland Board of Regents—the governing body of Maryland state universities—as to whether to change or keep the name. The ultimate decision on any name change rests with the Board of Regents.[18]” Gee, I wonder how that’s going to turn out. On to Jefferson Davis Highway, I say.

    My oldest brother attended UM his freshman year before transferring to another school. I grew up in D.C., a half hour drive from UM. In my senior year in high school, I attended my first lacrosse game at Byrd Stadium between UM and Army, which happened to be one of the bloodiest matches in the history of college lacrosse. My mouth was agape as I watched these fine student-athletes hacking away at each other with wooden sticks, as if they were in a jungle somewhere. Later, when I was in college, I happened to become friends with an older student who was in a class behind me. Apparently, he had played goalie on the lacrosse team for a top prep school in Baltimore, but finances forced him to enlist in the army for a couple of years, after which he gained a scholarship to attend college. In light of his background, the army decided to assign him to West Point, where he served as assistant coach on the lacrosse team. I mentioned the one college lacrosse game I had happened to watch in person, and he laughed. He had been on the sidelines coaching Army in that game, and he said that game had gained notoriety as the bloodiest lacrosse game ever played. Although the game was sparsely attended, I found the original Byrd Stadium (30-35,000 capacity, as I recall, long before the addition of the upper deck, which increased capacity to 50,000+) to be a very pleasant place to watch a game, even if it was named after a segregationist.

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  76. @anony-mouse
    Oh... oh... horse feathers!

    To be precise:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horse_Feathers

    Harold Llyod’s The Freshman (1925) addressed the same issue. The university in the movie is introduced as

    Tate University – A large football stadium, with a college attached.

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  77. @Buffalo Joe
    Realist, the University at Buffalo expelled the MAC basketball player of the year. They gave him a summer job to change batteries in dorm room smoke detectors. They also gave him a master key to the dorm rooms. He helped himself to $6oo in student cash that he found in dorm rooms. The Student Council or whatever they are called recommended that he be expelled...the reason, it was not his first offense. He also had a history at the Junior college that they recruited him from, but he also had a sweet shot and good rebounding skills.

    Thanks for the information. It make you wonder how stupid the American people really are.

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    Langely, it doesn't matter if it was a hoax, what is important is that there is a culture of "Shit Swastikas" on campus. Now, check to see if it matches Haven Monahan's handwriting.
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  79. @Langley
    Absence of evidence in Swastika hoax.

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/11/10/was-the-poop-swastika-incident-at-mizzou-a-giant-hoax/

    Langely, it doesn’t matter if it was a hoax, what is important is that there is a culture of “Shit Swastikas” on campus. Now, check to see if it matches Haven Monahan’s handwriting.

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  80. @ScarletNumber
    Yes, if their commercials are to be believed. I have read it is a shitty place to work, as well. They were recruiting at my directional college, which tells you all you need to know.

    I used to rent a lot at Enterprise at several different locations back when my job involved a lot of travel and every location was staffed by ex jocks of one sort or another.

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