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Student Reporter under Attack at Brandeis Univ. for Reporting On anti-Police Tweets

Student Reporter under Attack at Brandeis Univ. for Reporting On anti-Police Tweets

Should reporters self-censor for fear of internet reaction to a truthful news story? Progressives at Brandeis think so.

http://youtu.be/LNanqG-rxYQ

Daniel Mael is a senior at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. That’s the university that last spring canceled a commencement speech by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Ardently pro-Israel, Mael has had run-ins with progressive groups on campus like J Street.

Mael also is a prolific reporter for Truth Revolt, in addition to writing guest columns at many publications. Mael, writing at Breitbart.com, exposed a Brandeis faculty-run list-serve in which anti-Israel messages were circulated.

After the execution-style murder of two New York City police officers, Mael reported at Truth Revolt how a Brandeis student leader had tweeted her lack of sympathy for the slain officers, Student Leader: ‘No Sympathy’ for Executed NYPD Officers:

Following the execution of two New York Police Department officers, a Brandeis University student leader wasted no time in making it clear that she did not care that they were murdered.

“i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today,” Khadijah Lynch, a junior and an Undergraduate Department Representative in the African and Afro-American Studies Department, wrote on Twitter.

[Note: The tweets have been deleted.]

Mael also reported on Lynch’s history of such tweets and public statements, including her interview in a student newspaper in September in which she said, among other things:

The very essence of the United States relies on the social implications of race in which black bodies are deemed as sub-human with little to no access of the rights that are so called applicable to every American citizen. The American police forces of today descend from a legacy of slave captives and overseers whose job was to protect the property (enslaved black bodies) of rich, slave owning capitalists. We must understand that we are not that far removed from this country’s legacy of slavery and that most of our laws are shaped to uphold a system of white supremacy.

Brandeis officials quickly distanced themselves from Lynch and she resigned her leadership position, as Mael also reported:

Twitter comments by Brandeis undergraduate Khadijah Lynch (‘16) regarding the recent shooting of two New York Police Department officers have received widespread media attention. Many of the responses to her comments, beginning with an article written by a fellow Brandeis student Daniel Mael (‘15) for the blog Truth Revolt, have noted that Ms. Lynch is a “student leader” who serves as an Undergraduate Department Representative (UDR) for the African and Afro-American Studies (AAAS) Department.

The comments of Ms. Lynch, made through her own personal Twitter account, do not reflect the views of AAAS as a department. AAAS, unequivocally, does not promote nor condones a disregard for the loss of human life. The deaths of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu are a tragedy and should be treated with proper respect. We express our most sincere condolences to their family and loved ones.

Ms. Lynch has offered her resignation as an Undergraduate Degree Representative for AAAS, which I have accepted.

(Image below via Daniel Mael Twitter)

Brandeis Senior VP Statement re Lynch

Certainly seemed newsworthy in a news cycle when reporting on Twitter and other reactions to the execution was all the rage. Mael did not give out any private information on Lynch.

Then an unfortunate but all-too-common internet-thing happened. The post went viral, and people (not Mael) started attacking Lynch online, including apparently threats and racist comments. A Facebook group was formed calling for Lynch to be expelled.

Mael issued statements on Facebook decrying the attacks on Lynch.

https://www.facebook.com/daniel.mael/posts/762799603774296

https://www.facebook.com/daniel.mael/posts/762966403757616

Nonetheless, progressives and activists on campus turned on Mael for reporting, and now are demanding that Mael be punished not only for reporting in the first place, but also because of the internet reaction.

An email was send out to senior administrators and others demanding that Mael be “held accountable” both for his reporting and the internet reaction:

Subject: VERY IMPORTANT: Holding Daniel Mael accountable, and other threats to student safety!

Hello to all,

This email is similar, but not identical, to one that had been sent out previously today. The first was to call attention to the issue, whereas this one is a request from many members of the Brandeis community that the student responsible for the incident be held accountable for his actions. We apologize for any redundancy.

As you may have been made aware, the safety of one member of the Brandeis community, Khadijah Lynch, has been compromised by the actions of another Brandeis student, Daniel Mael. Those of us within the Brandeis community who value the safety and integrity of all members of our community are requesting that action is taken to hold this student accountable for his actions, which have directly put Khadijah in danger and continue to do so.

Mael, a regular contributor on a website called “TruthRevolt”, a popular conservative-oriented political website designed, according to its mission statement, to “unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases,” wrote an article targeting Khadijah for a series of tweets she made on her own personal Twitter over the last month. In doing so, he posted a photo of her as well as information about her as a student as well as giving people access to her Twitter username. The article can be seen here:

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/student-leader-no-sympathy-executed-nypd-officers

Whether one agrees or not with the very blunt comments Khadijah made on her Twitter account, the audience of these postings was originally those who frequented her Twitter. We do not propose to offer any opinion on the posts themselves, but it is important to note the sequence of events and intended audiences. After having posted the aforementioned article, Mael has exposed Khadijah to the largely white supremacist following of the website on which he posts, which has led to harassment, death threats, rape threats, and excessive hate speech directed to her personal Twitter (now private), Facebook (now deactivated), and Linkedin. People who frequent TruthRevolt have also gained access to Khadijah’s personal email address and her Brandeis mailbox number, and have threatened to contact her persistently. We have taken screenshots of some of these threatening comments and have attached them to this email, although more will likely be posted after this has been sent.

As can be seen in the article itself, Khadijah specifically requested that her personal comments be removed from the website and the article in question taken down, but her wishes were ignored and Mael continued to post updates to the article until Khadijah made her Twitter private.

In doing so, he has potentially violated multiple parts of Section 2.10, particularly 2.10.f of Rights and Responsibilities, and we have screenshot and uploaded as an attachment the relevant portion. It is essential that this be taken into consideration. Other sections potentially violated are 3.2a (stalking), and attention may also be warranted about Section 17, 20, and 21.4.

A Facebook page has also been made on which hate speech, directed toward Khadijah herself as well as a plethora of racist comments, have been made, and there has been word that professional hackers may have now stated plans to target specific members of the Brandeis community. The safety of the Brandeis community has been placed in jeopardy also by another student named Ben Vizlakh, who posted an article to this Facebook page telling its members that this email was going to be sent out, mentioning one student by name (a screenshot of his post has been attached here). Vizakh has potentialy violated 2.13 (retaliation) with regard to spreading the word of this email to people who pose a threat to the safety of Brandeis students. Here is the relevant Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/340022509539521/?pnref=story

Upon Khadijah’s resignation as a UDR, Mael also posted the following, which did little more than to spur more negative comments about her (including another rape threat) as well as Brandeis University and its faculty:

http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/student-leader-resigns-after-stating-she-has-no-sympathy-murdered-cops

Additionally, if you go to Google and type “Khadijah Lynch Brandeis” this story has been reposted all over the Internet, with similar hateful comments and threats directed toward her. Not only does the posting of this article put Khadijah in danger, but also the Brandeis community at large, given the volume of hateful messages being posted about the school on social media by strangers.

The most pressing concern ought to be the safety of our students, and as such we request that action is taken to ensure Khadijah’s safety. A large part of this involves holding the student responsible who callously disregarded her safety. With the speed at which information is spread digitally these days and the fact that her personal information has been compromised and is in the hands of strangers, it is essential that action is taken. As students and community members who know Khadijah personally, we neither condone nor condemn the statements she had made, but we must understand the intent with which her posts and personal information were made accessible by a fellow Brandeis student to the general public, especially on a website frequented by white supremacists that seek to threaten and intimidate anyone with views that differ from their own. It is unfathomable to many within the Brandeis community that such an action could have been carried out with anything but malicious intent, as contributors to websites are perfectly aware of the following their websites receive. As a journalist, he must be aware of the impact that publishing such articles could have on other people’s safety, and it is important that he be held accountable for his actions.

Included in this email are students within the Brandeis community who stand in solidarity with Khadijah in this difficult time and who wish to see action taken to hold the student in question responsible and to protect her safety. As Chad Williams, Chair of the African and Afro-American Studies Department mentioned in his statement on this situation, “While it may be easy and convenient at this emotionally charged moment to condemn Ms. Lynch, we must also strive to understand why she would make these comments. This means openly and honestly recognizing the very real pain and frustration that many young people of color struggle with in trying to navigate their place in a society that all too often delegitimizes their existence.” While Khadijah has taken responsibility for her comments and has withdrawn from her position as a UDR, it is the responsibility of our community to condemn the threatening and hateful comments she has received and stand up for the principle of social justice on which Brandeis was founded.

Thank you so much for your time and we hope that you have a Happy Holiday!

Best wishes,

The Brandeis Community

I emailed the person whose name appears as the sender of the email seeking clarification:

Other than calling attention to the tweets, is there anything else you believe Mael did wrong? Did he misquote them? Did he fail to quote other tweets that would have changed the context?

In what way to you want Mael “held accountable”?

No response.

Despite all the accusations against Mael, I’ve yet to see anyone demonstrate how his reporting was false or misleading.

Mael also is coming under attack seeking his removal from campus or some other sanction due to his reporting, as The Washington Free Beacon, and The Daily Caller report.

An #standwithkhadijah hashtag has been started for the purpose of attacking Mael, even though Mael did nothing other than report what Lynch actually tweeted.

The Brandeis Asian American Students Association is supporting Lynch, despite the irony that one of the executed cops was Asian-American:

Brandeis Asian American Student Association FB re Lynch

A Change.org Petition, which now has over 1000 signatures, was started backing Lynch, which states in part:

While we may not all share her views, we cannot ignore the public war that ensued due to the misguided, diluted and unscrupulous representation of her character in an article written by Daniel Mael on the TruthRevolt website.

https://www.change.org/p/brandeis-community-students-alumni-and-friends-stand-in-support-of-khadijah-lynch?

J Street U Brandeis, with whom Mael has had prior conflicts, is attacking Mael, and allegedly filtering out critical comments:

https://www.facebook.com/Goldsteinbrooke/posts/609422625829640

This raises important questions that confront anyone who reports on inflammatory public statements, including on social media: Should we self-censor out of fear that “the internet” will go crazy and attack the subject of the reporting?

Does it matter that the person was a student, and in a leadership position on campus?

Notice how easily claims of “white supremacists” are thrown against the reporter, just because the subject of the (accurate) reporting was black.  All too typical of how debate is shut down on campus, and now, apparently, reporting.

Brandeis as a campus has obvious problems, but those problems are not unique to Brandeis.

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Comments

Well, the stupid idiot can’t hide how much she hates this nation.

What did she expect?

    She probably expected to be lionized and promoted within her campus social system for being so progressive and outspoken. She certainly did not expect or intend for her public comments to be spread to anyone outside of her self-selected public audience.

I have finally reached the pentacle of my existence, white supremacist! HAHAHA

I’ll add this to fascist, Nazi, thug!

It’s another good day in America!

What burden of proof would Truth Revolt face if they sued for libel over their “largely white supremacist following”?

Insufficiently Sensitive | December 24, 2014 at 12:09 pm

Where’s the MSM on this travesty of news reporting?

Is it expected that such organized backlashes against printing of the truth are approved behavior for leftists, and forbidden behavior for their critics?

These days you have to pay a lot of money to learn how to hate egregiously. The cost to her soul is eternally greater. MLK would denounce her in a pico-second.

Will she go on to receive a BA in Identity Politics Hate? Will she go on to become the next Alice Sharpton or Cornelia West or Jemima Wright? Or, is she headed for a Masters at Gehenna State?

Someone please tell me why (again) any responsible parent would even encourage consideration of Brandeis for their child’s college “experience”.

Not to mention sending them tuition $s. Certainly no longer any voluntary donations.

The full fairy tale known as the Brandeis Mission Statement can be found here,
http://www.brandeis.edu/about/mission.html

But the entire matter of Brandeis/liberal hypocrisy can be distilled by this pull-out quote, “By being a nonsectarian university that welcomes students, teachers and staff of every nationality, religion and orientation, Brandeis renews the American heritage of cultural diversity, equal access to opportunity and freedom of expression.”

“. . . and freedom of expression” but only after having received prior approval! Hah!

For all we know, she or her supporters could have created the “Expel Khadijah Lynch from Brandeis” Facebook group to whip up outrage. If not, some are probably joining and posting to garner sympathy for the poor little hater.

TheDogFliesAtMidnight | December 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm

She should have kept her thoughts to herself. She should be smart enough to know that anything posted online can be viewed by anyone. In addition, she probably understood that her view of the murders would be condemned by many. (Her writing has me questioning the education she has received at Brandeis.)
Mael did not publish her phone number or address. The right to freedom of speech applies to all Americans.
No crime, no foul. She needs to put her big girl panties on and accept the consequences of her actions.

The “white supremacy” label is a fallacy created by minority race baiters as an excuse for socio-economic failures within black communities. I have yet to read a well-documented explanation of genesis of the term in its modern usage.

Do they have a major in Caucasian Studies? Just curious.

I’m beyond sick of these self-righteous anarchist pukes. If they hate this “effing” country so much, let them go to some other socialist/communist/muslim hellhole. I can’t imagine going through life filled with that much hate. Maybe if they had been slapped upside the head a few times when they were younger they might have had some sense knocked into them.

They are sick bastards who obviously have no clue regarding reality, and prefer to live in their own little fantasy world. Not that long ago, they would have been encouraged to seek psychiatric help. Now they’re cossetted and glorified ~

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | December 24, 2014 at 6:07 pm

The lunatics have taken over the asylum. The ONLY way the insanity will stop is for donors to stop writing multi-million dollar checks to their alma maters. Even though I only gave a couple of hundred bucks a year, I stopped giving in 2006. It’s not something I’m proud of, but then I’m not proud that my alma mater is “teaching” all sorts of anti-American, divisive, subversive crap.

    Cut off the taxpayer subsidies to universities, faculties, departments, and students.

    They should be free to be anti-American, anti-Israel, communist revolutionaries. On their own freakin’ dimes.

Today’s Democrats are a wholly owned subsidiary of The Left. They hate America, freedom, and capitalism and are dedicated to establishing a totalitarian state. They deny this, of course, but every single action they take is clearly designed to advance that agenda. They do not tolerate dissent – or even truthful exposure, as in this case.

These are not people with whom we can have a healthy discourse on society. They are jack-booted thugs who demand either enthusiastic assent to their every demand or else total silence.

Merry Christmas, Happy just-ended Hanukkah, and a Happy New Year to all people of good will.

The real problem with all of this catch-basin motivational (activist) jargon such as black bodies, white supremacy and racism (as that term is most often applied) is that there is some truth to the phenomena the words seek to condemn, it is just that the words seek to suppress conduct that should be acceptable, that conduct being, in the main white judgment of black behavior.

Whites are called racists when they judge blacks negatively or when they act in ways that suggest they judge blacks negatively. It is no doubt true that whites do this. For instance, white avoid at all cost living near blacks. The problem is that the term assumes that white reaction is disproportionate to the threat. In other words, the word(s) assume that white should not, under any circumstances, judge poorly socialized blacks and respond in a rational protective manner to such an assessment.

Whites, on the whole, will treat well behaved blacks well but have high levels of contempt for poorly socialized blacks which constitutes an unacceptably large percent of the black population in the US (and elsewhere unfortunately) which manifests itself in myriad ways, including seeking to keep those poorly socialized blacks like Micheal Brown under control. The question again is ‘is the response in proportion to the threat?’ But, of course, we never get to that latter question if it is taboo to point out the disproportionate numbers of poorly socialized blacks as compared to other races living in the US.

[…] This is the area were I get concerned when I hear about laws like this. I get worried that the local victims’ studies department will tell every one of its idiots to call in a complaint, that they “feel threatened” by criticism or an opposing viewpoint. Hey, it happens all the time — and is happening right now in Massachusetts. (source) […]

Well, here we go again, the liberals equate Truth with Hate Speech. The lack of comprehension in these supposedly intelligent undergrads shows just how severely their professors have failed. No comprehension of Free Speech, objectivity in reporting, or consequences of one’s actions. These tweets will look good on this young lady’s CV when she applies for a job as a community organizer.
(Capitals for emphasis only)

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