Thursday, March 16, 2006

Hide the Children!

Do you suppose the Wall Street Journal has some sort of default button that they hit to insert the line: "Something is very wrong at our elite universities" at the beginning of editorials?

John Fund is the current tenderizer of this particular dead horse. He begins with the usual melodrama about Larry Summers and how Harvard ran him out on a rail because he was the last honest man in this town. (sniff, sniff) And then he tells us to be shocked (shocked!) that Yale has admitted Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi, former ambassador-at-large for the Taliban as a special student. Is it shocking? Well, only as much as something this silly can be shocking anymore. I'm supposing that he won't be taking any women's studies classes.

But, "something is very wrong at our elite universities"? Because they're teaching one student with a checkered past? That's really all it takes to cue the hysteria these days? Do you suspect that the WSJ is reaching here?

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