“I didn’t want to see a forum on the future of local journalism involving several of my former colleagues derailed by those who might have responded to the call to confront me at the event”
Many comedians already refuse to perform on college campuses. Are journalists next?
The College Fix reports:
Journalist declines invitation to DePaul U. after uproar over his ‘racism’
Chicago Tribune journalist Eric Zorn has ended up turning down an invitation to speak at DePaul University after a student newspaper column condemned his “racism.”
Late last month, a pair of DePaul students wrote that Zorn never should have been invited to participate in the “Tough Times for Local Journalism” panel because he dared to opine that people should not make snap judgments whenever there is a police shooting.
Zorn made the claim regarding 13-year-old Adam Toledo, a Hispanic boy, saying it was prudent to await police bodycam footage.
For Sonal Soni and Nadia Hernandez, to even suggest that a young teen should be shot — even in self-defense — is beyond the pale. “Selecting Zorn to speak at DePaul shows students of color that the school has no regard for their physical or mental wellbeing,” they wrote.
They got their wish. In a Thursday column, Zorn explained his decision not to attend journalism discussion.
“I didn’t want to see a forum on the future of local journalism involving several of my former colleagues derailed by those who might have responded to the call to confront me at the event,” Zorn (left) said. “They didn’t agree to give up their Wednesday evenings for that.”
Zorn says he took heat from editors of The DePaulia, the student paper, accusing him of being “terrified of being ‘cancelled’… (and of) engaging in conversation.” And either Soni or Hernandez (Zorn doesn’t specify) said she didn’t regret what was said in her editorial.
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