Some people at the University of Missouri are apparently panicking over the awful story that recently appeared in the New York Times. This defense of the campus protests is a major stretch.

The College Fix reports:

‘Founding Fathers’ would have applauded Mizzou race protests, says student body president

Students are leaping to the University of Missouri’s defense after a front-page New York Times report attributed plunging enrollment to racial protests that embroiled campus in fall 2015.

Mizzou’s defenders say the report unfairly blames racial activists instead of state budget cuts for Mizzou’s 35 percent enrollment decline over the past two years.

They are running headlong into UM System President Mun Choi’s own claim that the “general consensus” for Mizzou’s troubles is the “aftermath of what happened in November 2015.”

The president of Mizzou’s student government went so far as to claim that students who set up a tent city – and kicked out student journalists trying to cover the protests – would have been applauded by America’s original revolutionaries.

‘National reporters from every major outlet get the story wrong’

In a Kansas City Star op-ed Monday, Missouri Student Association President Nathan Willett said Times higher education reporter Anemona Hartocollis gave an “unreasonably and inaccurately bleak” portrayal of the political atmosphere on campus.

“The protests were entirely peaceful and nonviolent,” Willett wrote, “yet rather than celebrating this example of exactly the kind of civic expression our Founding Fathers had envisioned, this university has been repeatedly punished for it by the national press and our own state legislature.” He faulted Hartocollis for interviewing him but excluding his perspective from the story.