Hat tip The Missourian
"Why couldn't I have been Tony the Tiger?"
Melissa Click, who incredibly, is (or now was) an asst professor of communications at the University of Missouri, has resigned her "courtesy appointment" (whatever that is) and apologized after being captured on videotape trying to stop a student journalist from filming a campus protest and for calling "for some muscle" to remove the journalist when he refused to stop filming. Another faculty member who confronted the student reporter is also apologizing for her actions.
As for any threats directed at Ms. Click or Ms. Basler, I condemn that and hope nothing will occur in that respect. I do find it amazing that Ms Click specifically would be attempting to stop a student journalist from filming a public event on a public site (university campus). Has she no clue about the First Amendment? As for her trying to enlist "some muscle" to forcibly remove the young man (who was courageously standing his ground), it is my opinion that the university should remove her from any remaining positions. What credibility does she have remaining in this field when she doesn't even understand the First Amendment, the most important constitutional right that journalists in America enjoy?
This entire story has now led to major embarrassments for the University of Missouri irregardless of the underlying complaints, which may be justified. Protesting is fine. It is guaranteed under the First Amendment. So is reporting. When protesters, be they black students, white students, or white professors, engage in bullying and intimidation tactics, their complaints get lost in the shuffle. It has gotten to the point where the University of Missouri is becoming a national laughing stock.