My complaint letter to journalism college for instructor calling Conservative voters “idiots”

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My letter sent today to the Langara College President and CEO in regard to an early blog post (see here).

To: Dr. David G. Ross

It has come to my attention that an instructor in the Langara Journalism department posted a comment denigrating Conservative voters on the official Langara Journalism Facebook page (see attachments).

Although the instructor, Nicholas Read, withdrew the post following complaints and posted a short apology citing a mistake, I do not feel this was enough. As a Conservative voter, I do not appreciate being called stupid. Despite the implication that this post was made in error to a public account and not a personal account, it is unseemly that a Langara Journalism instructor considers those who vote for a Conservative party to be ‘stupid.’

Are the comments of Nicholas Read indicative of a rampant bias within the college or the Journalism Department? Are students being exposed to this kind of bias and does Langara College feel this is acceptable, either within an ethical or a
professional capacity?

I believe Nicholas Read allowed the comment to do further harm when, following his apology, he allowed comments which further denigrated Conservative voters as being illiterate or otherwise ‘stupid.’ These sorts of comments are harmful not only to courteous public discourse, but provide implied consent by their continued presence on Langara Journalism’s Facebook page.

Though the apology was made, Nicholas Read did not make it in sincerity, since he clearly meant to expose his personal circle of
friends to his hatred of Conservative voters and Conservative people. He was not sorry for having an opinion that is detrimental to his profession as educator of young, impressionable minds. He was sorry for having been caught, if you will.

I would ask that Langara College officially censure Nicholas Read for his comments and remind instructors that they are supposed to be unbiased and neutral in the face of their very public office (public service being a figurative term here).

An official notice to other instructors in the Langara Journalism Department may well also serve in this instance.

I await your reply.


Dean Skoreyko

18 Responses to “My complaint letter to journalism college for instructor calling Conservative voters “idiots””

  1. very concerned parent Says:

    “A shade different from other colleges”? Probably not. Most are of the Soviet red variety as represented by Nicholas Read. This sort of socialist anti-conservative bias is not only rampant among instructors, it’s embedded in the curriculum and course content. I’ve paid to put three kids through the lefty educational filter and hoped and prayed that they would surface without the damage that the full and complete indoctrination of these left-winger put on all their subject material. There are very few conservatives in any pre- or post-secondary school. Good for you, BlueCon. We need to cleanup the schools and introduce opposing perspectives.

  2. Steven Says:

    Take a page from the lefts playbook. Take your complaint to the human rights tribunal. Claim that you have had your feelings hurt and have suffered untold stress and ridicule. We Conservatives are way too nice.

  3. Pissedoff Says:

    I think their bias shows with the colours they use. At first I thought the pic was of the NDP/Liberal party.

  4. Ian Says:

    I find it very discouraging to read the news in this country day after day with all the anti-conservative bias out there. I find my frustration growing too that Mr. Harper doesn’t fight back more. But I guess he’s be labeled a bully then.

  5. Thucydides Says:

    Remember to press hard on all fronts against this individual. Perhaps you should use a Facebook page to allow students of this individual to register complaints against his bias and forward that to the administration.

    Remember, if the tables were turned, this individual would stop at literally nothing to destroy you, your reputation and livelyhood, so there should be no quarter given whenever such people surface. They are already working against our values and beliefs, and using our hard earned monies to do so. Whenever we have a chance to stop them we should move right in and do so, to protect ourselves and to deter “Progressives” in general.

    • jmw Says:

      Great comment, Thucydides –and I agree with your suggestion. Students are often intimidated if their views don’t line up with their lefty profs, so in fear of failing the course, they don’t speak up.

  6. Norman Ouston Says:

    But look at the competition. Teachers, born and bred unionists have control of the children and university students many hours each day. Naturally their curriculum is towards their boss, the union. Conservative ideas are so far from their teachings and I don’t know what we can do about it. I just don’t know the answer.

  7. Stan Says:

    When the so called journalists in this country still say Spence is on a hunger strike despite what our lying eyes tell us is there no lie too big for them to tell?

  8. Bill Kiechle Says:

    … and the weasels pulled it off their facebook page.

  9. old white guy Says:

    jerks like read would like to make being a conservative a crime.

  10. Ashley V Says:

    The hypocrisy written on this page is astounding. If Read should be censured or even censored, then I fail to understand what precludes any of you from the same action. If you’ve never met the guy, I suggest the verbal diarrhea cease.

  11. Clayton Paterson (@ClaytonPaterson) Says:

    Have any of you actually met Nick Read? I have, as a student, and I can say with 100% certainty that he does not let his personal political leanings affect his teaching. The man made a simple mistake, one that he was quick to fix and apologize for, and you still want him crucified. Then you call him out for leaving the comment on the page, only to go on to agree with calling him a weasel for taking it down. You can’t have it both ways.

    “Very Concerned Parent” says they want opposing perspectives, but with the amount of left-wing slander going on, what I’m getting is that you want nothing but a right-wing agenda taught instead. How is that any different than what you’re accusing our education system of? The answer: it’s not. You’re assuming that because a man made a mistake and accidentally posted a comment on the wrong Facebook account that he’s some lefty extremist that wants nothing more than to see Stephen Harper lynched in the streets.

    If you knew ANYTHING about the Langara Journalism program, you’d know that neutrality is valued above all else. Spend a few minutes with instructors like Frances Bula or Ross Howard, and you’ll get an idea of what this program’s philosophy truly is. The instructors all encourage debate and open discussion, that’s true, but they keep their personal feelings out of it, and make sure we know how to do the same with our writing.

    But what do I know, I’m just a “young, impressionable mind”. I’ll probably grow up to hate Conservatives someday too.

    • BC Blue Says:

      Another Lagara Journalism product everyone…

      • Clayton Paterson (@ClaytonPaterson) Says:

        Thank you for the insightful reply to my comment. Good to see you’re capable of engaging in a discussion when someone presents an opposing viewpoint. Yes, I am a journalism student at Langara. I have my own political views which I keep out of my professional life, because that’s what journalism is. Like any profession, including employees of a political party, there’s going to be people that tarnish the image of the overall industry. Whether it’s a biased journalist, or a politician who gets fired for publicly trashing another public official, no industry is immune from that.

        My point is that Nick Read is not one of those bad apples. He genuinely cares about the industry and the students he teaches, and tries to foster an environment in the college where everyone can certainly have their own viewpoints, but where neutrality must be used when it comes to publishing articles or stories (excluding op-ed pieces, of course).

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