Missouri Legislators Want That “Muscle Prof” and sidekick to Go Away
Remember the professors that barred a journalism student and pushed his cameraman as they were reporting for ESPN from the Mizzou protests last year? That video went viral. Missouri legislators are calling for them to be fired.
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Last November, the University saw massive protests and black students camped in the “Quad” with a sign posted that demanded “no reporters.” So much for Freedom of the Press.
Letter from Missouri Legislators
About 100 House members and 18 Senate members called for the firing of Communications Professor Melissa Click and Assistant Director of Greek Life Janna Basler. Click resigned from one position after the video, but still remains as an un-tenured professor.
Back in November, Click demanded some “Muscle” to help remove a reporter from the racial protests at the University of Missouri. Basler pushed the student reporter, Tim Tai, and berated him in the video.
That video went viral, capturing about 2.7 million views.
“Who wants to help me get this reporter out of here? I need some muscle over here.” Melissa Click
Legislators sent a letter to the University, citing that video and the actions of Prof. Click and Basler. It read in part,
“The fact that, as a professor teaching the communication department and the school of journalism, she displayed such a complete disregard for the First Amendment rights of reporters should be enough to question her competency and aptitude for her job.” Rep. Caleb Jones and Sen. Kurt Schaefer.
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On top of that, critics are calling Click out for using taxpayer money to fund “research” into “Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Lady Gaga,” and “Twilight.”
“At every turn, Click’s actions were unacceptable and inflammatory in a situation where the students and the public needed and expected university employees to serve professionally and as a calming influence.” Rep Caleb Jones
Missouri University personnel did not comment on the issue.