If it feels like there's a "Woke Twitter" and we are some kind of random hobos, it's because there has been a purge of independent scholars that are critical of the State/left-leaning that has been going on for the past decade.
Academics who want to stay in the system are forced to tone down their criticisms or else lose their jobs. Just read up on what happened to Cherian George, who was recommended tenure by his own faculty only for NTU to block it.
There's also a list compiled by Tarn How about how jobs have been summarily denied to activists and academics.

So if you're wondering why coverage about academic research is so bad at times, it's because these scholars aren't necessarily bad, but there is a framing that they adopt that pervasively ignores the role of the State in any problem that we have.
But hey what do I know I just sell beer

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