One of Fox & Friends favorite tropes is that higher education is filled with evil liberals who are indoctrinating your kids with their Jesus hating gay agenda. This patented Fox toxicity is the basis for their "Trouble with Schools" series which, yesterday, featured an attack on Cornell U. because their faculty has "built in bias." Ironic, don't ya think
Reliable Ailes tool and alleged "news" reporter Ed Henry opened the "Trouble with Schools" segment by reporting that a CornellUniversity professor opined that hiring Republicans would "decrease the quality of the school's facutly." The banner framed the big, fat, Fox message: "Liberal Lean, Cornell Prof: Hiring Republicans Hurts School."
Fox wall of genius Juliette Huddy provided the quote in which the professor (cue the death threats) said that hiring conservatives would increase diversity but decrease the quality of education. Huddy introduced their guest, Abigail Alger, from Campus Reform, "Campus Reform" an organization spawned from the right wing "Leadership Institute" dedicated to "smashing left wing scum" on campus - so we know that there's no bias there, nosiree...
Huddy provided the lead in with the comment that "we know that colleges are "bastions of liberalism." She provided us with shocking stats that 96% of Cornell faculty contributes to Democrats. Huddy said that this is "kind of shocking." Alger responded that "this story is outrageous because it demonstrates that the bias against conservatives on college campuses isn't accidental, it's intentional." (Oh, no, it's a conspiracy!)
After Henry provided another quote about how Cornell doesn't need to offer every viewpoint (just like Fox News!?), he asked the leading question "aren't we sending children to colleges to get a diverse viewpoint and not just hear one side." (OH THE IRONY!!!!) Alger responded that the classroom (just like fair & balanced Fox) is "a place for discussion and debate." She whined that "When you off-handedly dismiss conservative students as being unintelligent, uninformed or simply wrong in their views, you shut that down," She add "and that's the opposite of what we want to see in higher education."
Huddy asked if there is any "kind of student movement to get this to change." Alger noted that Campus Reform exposes this evil which is part of an insidious "pattern." Henry said that this is "a big story" because many of the voters are millennials and "if their professors are telling them one side of the story that obviously could have a big impact on elections."
If Fox & Friends were as fair as they expect higher education to be, they might have mentioned the article that they were sourcing mentioned that, generally, there aren't a lot of conservative professors and most conservative students eschew education for jobs in politics. It was also noted "the deviation of 'mainstream conservatives' from views that are widely accepted by intellectuals at reputable universities," particularly in the science of climate change.
But why would they if the message is that liberal education is part of - drum roll please- "THE TROUBLE WITH SCHOOLS" which is part of Fox News effort to "get a diverse viewpoint and not just hear one side."