From the inside: Written by a former student/school paper editor
How Jerry Falwell Jr. silences students and professors who reject his pro-Trump politics
Any admin or prof who appeared in an article had editing authority over any part of the article;
Falwell called our newsroom on multiple occasions to direct our coverage personally. Weeks before the 2016 election, he read a draft of my column defending mainstream news outlets and ordered me to say whom I planned to vote for.
Eventually I quit, and the School of Communication decided not to replace me, turning the paper into a
faculty-run, student-written organ and seizing complete control of its content. Student journalists must now sign a NDA that forbids them from talking publicly about “editorial or managerial direction, oversight decisions or info designated as privileged or confidential.”
Faculty, staff and students on the campus have learned that it’s a sin to challenge the sacrosanct status of the school or its leader, which mete out punishments for dissenting opinions This “culture of fear,” worsened during my 4 years
Falwell’s staff now operates masterfully to squash challenges to his views and his rise in national political
Liberty, founded on principles of fundamental Christianity, is now a place that has zero tolerance for new questions and ideas. Those who harbor them must remain silent, or leave.
Ask yourself, what kind of kids are coming out of that school? What kind of parents send their kids their?