There has been near complete silence by national media regarding Gibson’s Bakery v. Oberlin College, which we have covered since the initial protests through the current ongoing trial.

The case is proceeding under the national media radar no more, as Tucker Carlson covered the case tonight. I was a guest on the program to discuss the implications of the case.

Here is the segment, starting with an excellent intro reporting by Trace Gallagher:

In addition to Fox News, The Washington Times covered the case today, Oberlin College on trial after students target bakery in ‘social justice warfare’:

“This case is significant because businesses and people on the receiving end of social justice warfare mobs rarely are able to fight back,” said Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson, whose Legal Insurrection blog has covered the case closely….

“One big issue in the trial is whether the college encouraged or participated in promoting the attacks on the bakery such that the college is legally responsible for the actions of its students, faculty and staff,” Mr. Jacobson said. “If the college is held responsible, that would set a precedent that a college cannot encourage social justice warfare, yet disclaim the damage done to innocent bystanders.”

Oberlin has argued its students, faculty and staff are protected by the First Amendment. Claims to the contrary “conflict with the obligations of higher education to protect freedom of speech on college campuses,” said Oberlin in a Monday statement.

“Colleges cannot be held liable for the independent actions of students,” said the statement. “Employers are not legally responsible for employees who express personal views on personal time. The law is clear on these issues.” …

Victor Ortiz, an Oberlin city police officer who testified at the trial Thursday, said the protest crowd of about 200 had a “mob mentality.”

“It was a mob mentality out there,” said Officer Ortiz, as reported by Legal Insurrection’s Daniel McGraw. “People were getting flyers shoved in their faces saying Gibson’s were racist, curse words were chanted, and they chanted how this business was racist, too.” …

Oberlin denied the defamation allegations. “Neither Oberlin nor Dean Raimondo defamed a local business or its owners,” said the Monday statement….

The defamation trial, expected to continue for about a month, could also resonate with other companies — including media outlets and tech firms — that have been accused of smearing conservatives and others in the name of pushing a political agenda….

“We have seen this spillover effect in many other areas, such as social media and big tech, where the former campus social justice warriors are in control of the means of communication, or are able to bully those in control,” said Mr. Jacobson. “The social justice warfare that takes place on campuses now impacts society at large.”

We will continue with our daily trial coverage, and of course, the verdict.


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