Published On: Tue, Feb 13th, 2018

Professor Neil Wilkinson to students: go at Katie Pavlich like a ‘mad dog in a meat store’ during her campus event

Fox News commentator Katie Pavlich is set to speak at Kennesaw State University on the subject of “Fake News” and liberal media bias, which has drawn the ire of one professor, Business Law and Ethics Professor Neil Wilkinson, offering students extra credit if they attend, encouraging them to go after Pavlich like a “mad dog in a meat store.”

The event, slated for March 7, is hosted by Young Americans for Freedom and aims to “celebrate women’s month by hearing from speaker Katie Pavlich as she discusses the ways in which media is being used as leftist propaganda,” according to the group’s Facebook page.

Katie Pavlich speaking at the 2016 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. photo/ Gage Skidmore

Wilkinson expressed distaste for the use of the phrase “fake news” in the promotional poster for the event created by YAF, the term was stamped on the face of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Professor Wilkinson claims the phrase suspends critical thought, dismisses an opposing point of view, and ignores facts, according to his email, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix.

The professor called Pavlich and her network, Fox News, “propagandists” and suspects facts to be “a thing to which many of that ilk are allergic.”

He went on to argue the “right” and “left” divide in America “ensures that we stymie ourselves and our growth as people and as a society by refusing to listen to and consider the position of one with a view, belief, or position contrary to one’s own, preferring instead to trademark them as not worthy of consideration.”

“One does not have to adopt, love, or even like the contrary position, but one owes it to one’s self and to the rest of society to, at the very least, listen and make an effort to understand what the other party’s stand, circumstance, or situation happens to be,” he wrote.

Pavlich’s speech, or as Wilkinson calls it, “a nicely packaged product one markets and sells for profit,” is akin to a “pompous pontification pronouncing all but what the purveyor says as contrived, concocted, or created.” Thus, he asks, “Is Ms. Pavlich being paid?”

Upon hearing back from YAF, Wilkinson replied that he deemed it acceptable to encourage his students to attend, but only if to “make her earn her money” by going after Pavlich “like a mad dog in a meat store,” apparently citing a phrase his former football coach used to say.

In a final email to the YAF student organizer, Wilkinson voiced criticism of the U.S. military and the motivations of warfare.

“Freedom is quite often simple selfishness labeled such,” he wrote. “A free people is not the same thing as people simply doing what they want and hang the consequences. For freedom, that is the ability of a people to truly govern itself, much must be sacrificed, and I don’t mean going out [and] getting shot up in a war. War is, at least the way we’ve done it, gangsterism in service to capitalism. The jingoistic sentimentality of fighting and dying for one’s country is really little more that increasing or protecting market share. Give some thought as to why one group invades another. What do they do? In a word, they rob.”

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  1. Gary C says:

    I read the professor’s comments, as he says, to “listen and make an effort to understand”. What I read of his comments, I don’t think he stands for anything. He clearly stands against many things, most notably the military, or “war”. But what does he propose as a solution to aggressive nations? Nothing. By his standard, we should just tell No. Korea, Iran, and other aggressive nations simply fo just stop it. Amazing a professor can be that gullible. Thank God we have a military and law enforcement to protect us- and although he seems incapable of understanding that,, he benefits as well. That military and defense provides him with the free speech he loves. He shoukd at least respect that.

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