Well done to Vox here, headline directly contradicts piece

Harvard honored Chelsea Manning. 2 days later, it took that honor back.

Hmm:

“I now think that designating Chelsea Manning as a Visiting Fellow was a mistake,” Douglas Elmendorf, the dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, wrote in a statement this morning. “I see more clearly now that many people view a Visiting Fellow title as an honorific … [and] we did not intend to honor her in any way or to endorse any of her words or deeds, as we do not honor or endorse any Fellow.”

Sheesh.

15 thoughts on “Well done to Vox here, headline directly contradicts piece”

  1. So are Vox criticising Harvard for granting someone a title and the rescinding it?

    Or are they stating that Manning does really deserve an award?

    If so what for? Highest profile mentally-ill self harmer? Most number of American agents arrested?

  2. It would seem that the dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government is not just a virtue-signalling git but a spineless virtue-signalling git.

    Maybe they should rename it the Edward Kennedy School of Government.

  3. “While Harvard quickly reversed its decision to honor Manning, it’s still surprising that an institution known for hosting some of the world’s brightest minds didn’t foresee the backlash it would get.”

    They probably did, but didn’t care.

  4. It is an “honour” if xe isn’t expected to do any actual work. Otherwise it’s a low ranking and often “honorary” (translation: unpaid) job.

  5. Lefty Rule #84: Any deviant who gets in the news is a good deviant.

    Not entirely correct. Said deviant must tow the lefty line to be a good deviant. See Caitlyn Jenner for an example of what happens to those deviants who don’t.

  6. “So are Vox criticising Harvard for granting someone a title and the rescinding it?”

    They’re criticising them for rescinding it in the face of a *right*-wing twitter storm.

    “Or are they stating that Manning does really deserve an award? If so what for? Highest profile mentally-ill self harmer? Most number of American agents arrested?

    “According to Elmendorf, Harvard offers the fellowship to people who “significantly influenced events in the world even if they do not share our values and even if their actions or words are abhorrent to some members of our community.””

    The transgender thing has got nothing to do with it – either with the offer or the objections to it. The post was offered on the basis of being a person who has been involved in significant world events, and therefore probably has an interesting/educational life story and experiences to tell. It’s about giving students a direct and personal contact with history.

    Frankly, it’s like going into a museum and seeing the exhibits on instruments of medieval torture. They’re there for us to look at because they’re history, not because they’re being “honoured” in any sense. But you can kind of understand that people who suffered the consequences might not be so pleased by such museum exhibits, and might well lack a sense of humour about it.

  7. NiV said:
    “According to Elmendorf, Harvard offers the fellowship to people who “significantly influenced events in the world even if they do not share our values and even if their actions or words are abhorrent to some members of our community.””

    Hmm; would be interesting to see the list of who they’ve had over the last ten years or so. How politically varied do we think the list will be?

  8. “Hmm; would be interesting to see the list of who they’ve had over the last ten years or so. How politically varied do we think the list will be?”

    You would need to know who they had been offered to, not just who had accepted. (And even then, I expect they’d not be offered if there was no hope of them being accepted.) Given the general liberal bias in academic appointments generally, I’m not sure what you could deduce even then from a bias in fellowships.

    It would be like asking how many Google coders recently appointed were female. If they all turn out to be male, is that because they only appoint men, or because few women want a job in coding? Opportunity or Outcome?

  9. Dennis the Peasant: Brucey-boy the autogynophile isn’t in a mental institution where he belongs, so I’d say he’s doing pretty good in historical terms.

  10. “Brucey-boy the autogynophile isn’t in a mental institution where he belongs, so I’d say he’s doing pretty good in historical terms.”

    Neither are you. So you’re doing pretty good, too.

    There are historical precedents for that you’d be far wiser not to revive. Once they classify homophobia and transphobia as delusional mental illnesses, making you a danger to certain other members the public…

  11. @NiV

    “According to Elmendorf, Harvard offers the fellowship to people who “significantly influenced events in the world even if they do not share our values and even if their actions or words are abhorrent to some members of our community.””

    The transgender thing has got nothing to do with it – either with the offer or the objections to it. The post was offered on the basis of being a person who has been involved in significant world events, and therefore probably has an interesting/educational life story and experiences to tell. It’s about giving students a direct and personal contact with history.”

    Hmmm, I doubt Elmendorff’s quote is quite the truth. I doubt Breivik, Bin Laden (etc.) were offered the same opportunity.

    It’s signalling, and a cowardly type at that

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