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5 Responses

  1. wondering says:

    What point was supposed to be conveyed by this post?

  2. continue to wonder says:

    The fact that the threatening emails turned out to be sent by a hoaxer surely does not mean that (1) the university reacted appropriately; and (2) the university would not have reacted more promptly and aggressively if it were a liberal group (especially women or minority group) who reported exactly the same threats.

    All I see in this post is “conservatives lie too.” Hm, yes. They are human too, you know. What I don’t see in this post is any evidence that there was in fact no anti-conservative (or pro-conservative) bias in the university’s response.

  3. Adam Kolber says:


    My claim is as follows: (1) A muted university reaction could be interpreted as a failure to react appropriately to a situation. (2) There is an alternative explanation for the seemingly muted reaction. (3) The alternative explanation seems to be a reasonable one. (4) Therefore, at least one ground for the view that there was a biased reaction is likely wrong.

    I did not attempt to describe all of the known (and developing) facts, so I agree that there might be other grounds for finding bias and/or an inappropriate management of the crisis. I was merely suggesting that one such ground is likely inapplicable. In no way was I saying, “Conservatives lie too.” That’s certainly true, but it’s not the point of my post.

  4. continue says:

    Your four-part claim is internally incoherent and is not unsupported by any evidence that you presented. The university’s muted reaction could or could not be appropriate, but the degree of appropriateness had nothing to do with whether the threats later turned out to be a hoax (assuming the threats weren’t obviously phony upfront). Furthermore, the muted reaction and the discovery of the hoax tell us nothing about whether the university was biased against conservatives. The right question for the bias question is whether the university would have reacted the same way if the alphabet group reported the same threats, not whether the threats turned out to be a hoax.

  5. continue says:

    correction: “not supported by any evidence”

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