Missouri Legislators Want That “Muscle Prof” to Go Away

 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.

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.

Professor Melissa Click demanding “muscle” to help remove a reporter from a protest area. Screenshot

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.

Sex, Sleeze, and Werewolves 

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.

H/T: Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children


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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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