Comments: Quote of the Day

OK BLOGGER, you have officially gone too far. I am officially deeming you now a republican and a horrible, yes, HORRIBLE JOURNALIST.What happened to covering both sides. I am now going to forward this to all my classmates and hope they will post more than what I am saying. this is just a plain unfair characterization of me and the rest of classmates. I could have easily gotten you a ticket to my graduation and even have it on tape for you to watch. So until you wise up and become a real journalist, don't call me.

Posted by Alissa Di Giacomo at May 23, 2006 09:24 PM

PS: I am also shocked that you agree with an article that says students from my school can learn from, students at a prejudice school like Liberty Univ. I find that really UNFORTUNATE!

Posted by Alissa Di Giacomo at May 23, 2006 09:36 PM

Does this mean you will stop commenting? The whole "BLOGGER" thing has gotten pretty tired.

Oh, and Steve's a journalist AT WORK. This is his personal blog, so 1) he can write whatever he wants and 2) he isn't required to interview people for posts.

I would think someone with a grad degree in media studies or whatever would be able to notice such an obvious distinction.

Posted by Jeremy Wahlman at May 23, 2006 11:00 PM

McCain posted his speech on his own site where many New School students read it. Jean Rohe delivered a well thought out deconstruction of his prepared speech which he chose to make public. She offered McCain a clear decision engage with these students who have accepted the moral and civic obligation of disagreement or read a speech that many had already read. McCain has demonstrated on several occasions his ability to be sincere, straight forward and to speak off the cuff. He chose not to. I can't excuse heckling (which was a handful of people in attendance) but standing & turning your back on being a pawn in a public relations strategy to launch a presidential bid shows great interest in the state of American politics and the future of this country. Anyone who is a fan of McCain (as I am) would have been quite disappointed in his performance at the New School graduation.
As for ethical responsibilites inherent in journalists having personal blogs ... I'd jump in on that one but the last poster was so bitter, i'm opting out of that debate.

Posted by Lydia at May 23, 2006 11:56 PM

John McCain has always been a favorite Senator of mine. Living in Arizona, where blind conservative runs rampant, McCain always stood in his integrity for what he believed to be right for individuals. His voting record has always demonstrated this example of his truth.

As a 35 year old graduate of the New School, I was disgusted with his canned rhetoric about self-expression being foolish. His speech wasn't about respecting the individuality and freedom he almost lost his life for or inspiring to graduates or Americans for that matter. I stood and turned by back in silence as it is my God given right to do. I do not have to sit and listen to someone who CHOSE to unenthusiastically read a poorly written speech. After he was poignantly challenged by someone who stood in her own integrity and spoke to his speech beforehand.

Steve, I find your comments way off base in context to the entire ceremony. President Kerry gave McCain a good set-up in his opening remarks and Jean spoke with passion. Except for a few who stood immediately, plenty gave McCain respect and listened. I was saddened by McCain, he had a chance to inspire and didn't take it.

Posted by Tanisha at May 24, 2006 10:34 AM

"[McCain] says maybe the students at the New School could learn a lesson in courtesy from the students at Liberty University in Virginia."

what else could we learn from Liberty University, i wonder? That Teletubbies are promoting a gay agenda? That Bill Clinton is a drug runner and a murderer? That pagans, abortionists, feminists, gays and lesbians and the ACLU helped 9-11 happen? That AIDS is god's punishment for homosexuality?

John McCain is running for president, which is his prerogative. He is NOT welcome to replace my commencement speech with his stump speech. He's NOT welcome to use my commencement as a political stunt to distract attention from his gambit to curry favor with the far-right crazies whose support he'll need in the GOP primaries. McCain was so out of line and condescending to the students that friends sitting on either side of me began his speech sitting down. After a few minutes of his arrogant and condescending prattle, they rose to their feet and showed him their backs.

Of course, the real story here is Jean Rohe. Here. To dismiss the graduates of the New School as "unfortunate" and "disinterested" is, frankly, horseshit.

Posted by jb at May 24, 2006 10:49 AM

McCain has shown more than once that he'll do anything and say anything that he thinks will help him get into the Oval Office. Including ignoring that oath he took to protect and defend the Constitution. The abortion of the 1st Amendment he refers to as 'campaign finance reform' is one of the best examples of that.

It's interesting that he'll make such a call for debate, when he's said that he'd rather have 'clean' government(his definition, of course) and no 1st Amendment than 'dirty' government and freedom of speech.

For his service as a Marine he has my respect and honor. For what he's too often done as a politician he has my anger and contempt.

Posted by Mark at May 24, 2006 11:23 AM

Look, as I see it, there should be a certain level of respect afforded to any speaker whether you agree with his views or not. We must remember that when McCain was the same age as many in the audience now are, he was rotting away in a prison cell in Hanoi. The very least the audience could have done is show respect for the man agree with him or not (I don't). Because Steve happened to report on the facts as they were presented by reputable media groups such as 1010 WINS, does not make him a "Republican", it makes him a blogger with an opinion, an opinion which is expressable because of the freedoms which some such as McCain have sacraficed so much, so that we may enjoy them. One of my best friends recieved her degree that day. While many in the audience, like her, were entirely respectful, there were obviously some who were not and that is the only thing that Steve was pointing out. He did nothing wrong.

Posted by Abe at May 25, 2006 12:42 AM

Abe, agree with you.

Besides, Steve is probably hiding in a corner, devastated by being forwarded to all those classmates, and whinged at for daring to think the people at this university could learn something from ANYWHERE else.

Posted by Mark at May 25, 2006 11:40 AM
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