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More On Academic Witch Hunt At UCLA

Reported by Deborah - January 22, 2006

The story of the the UCLA based, Bruin Alumuni Association's quest to expose radical instructors by paying students to spy in classrooms has been recieving a fair amount of media coverage this week. Last night John Kasich interviewed Andrew Jones, founder of this organization that has targeted many instructors at UCLA, followed by an interview with an instructor targeted by Jones.

After Jones did a brief rap about how these instructors are "indoctrinating" the students in their classrooms, Kasich asked him how many Conservative instructors had been exposed so far. Jones seemed a bit shaken answering that there were none but if he had seen any indoctrinating, he would have put them on his list. Jones tried to cover himself explaining that at UCLA the majority of instructors are Liberal. When Kasich referred to the people on his radical list as Democrats, Jones objected with, "I wouldn't even call them Democrats." He described his victims as Dean followers who want to eliminate capitalism and " normal modes of life."

Jonathan Zasloff, UCLA Instructor on Jones' list, appeared in the next segment. Looking far less extreme than Jones, he seemed annoyed and perplexed by the situation. Zasloff explained that if a student feels that he is being indoctrinated or has any complaint he can go to the administration and complain. He noted that Jones conveniently leaves out information in his incriminating reports like failing to mention the Conservative authors on the assigned text list.

comment: Andrew Jones seemed like an oddly obsessed zealot. When he made that weird comment about eliminating capitalism and normal modes of life, I was sure that this guy was not normal. Jonathan Zasloff seemed very mainstream and balanced in comparison to Jones. You have to wonder about the donors giving Jones this money to pay the students to spy. Either they never met him or they're just as strange.

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