I’m disappearing into Windows so I’m putting this out now; there might be more later.
Having famously called for “some muscle over here,” Melissa Click now wants to be judged on her intent. This is, to be sure, a harsh way of putting it, but it also captures her dilemma, because it’s pretty rare that calling for “some muscle” means anything other than beating the crap out of someone, in this case, a student journalist who was perfectly and unambiguously within his rights in public space. I continue to view Click, then a communication professor, as having had absolutely no excuse for her actions even in the heat of the moment, especially at a university that hosts what is probably the premier journalism school in the United States.
Robin Wilson, “Being Melissa Click,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2016, http://chronicle.com/article/Being-Melissa-Click/236226
Robert Reich, “Those who expect Sanders supporters to switch to Clinton may be in for a surprise,” Raw Story, April 25, 2016, http://www.rawstory.com/2016/04/robert-reich-those-who-expect-sanders-supporters-to-switch-to-clinton-may-be-in-for-a-surprise/
- Melissa Click, quoted in Josh Logue, “Journalists as the Enemy,” Inside Higher Ed, November 11, 2015, https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/11/11/video-shows-mizzou-student-press-clash-protestors↩
- Robin Wilson, “Being Melissa Click,” Chronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2016, http://chronicle.com/article/Being-Melissa-Click/236226↩
- Deborah Douglas and Afi-Odelia Scruggs, “Mizzou protesters could use some media training,” Columbia Journalism Review, November 11, 2015, http://www.cjr.org/united_states_project/mizzou_protesters_media.php; Josh Logue, “Journalists as the Enemy,” Inside Higher Ed, November 11, 2015, https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/11/11/video-shows-mizzou-student-press-clash-protestors↩