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Robert Jensen is a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. He's an outspoken and articulate critic of the way journalism is practiced today, US foreign policy, and the Bush administration. Two of his recent books are The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege, and Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity, which concerns U.S. politics post-9/11.
Jensen has appeared in the film Weapons of Mass Deception and was recently interviewed in Counterpunch. His web page contains links to his recent writings and his teaching statement.
Here are some current topics to discuss with Professor Jensen:
The Plame case is finally getting some traction in the mainstream media! Here's an excellent article from yesterday's Washington Post by Dan Froomkin.
Rosa Brooks points out in a July 6 LA Times op-ed piece that there is nothing noble about Judith Miller's refusal to protect her source under these circumstances.
Characters: Matthew Cooper of Time, Judith Miller of the NY Times. Special Prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald.
David Horowitz has continued his attacks on academia with his "bill of academic rights". (This was the main topic discussed in the Counterpunch interview.)
7-5-05 - Task Force to Look into Keeping Politics Out of the Classrooms in State Schools - The House voted on Tuesday to form a Task Force to look into keeping politics out of the classrooms in Pennsylvania's state colleges and universities. House Resolution 177, sponsored by Rep. Gib Armstrong (R-Lancaster), would charge the House Education Subcommittee on Higher Education with holding hearings to investigate the possibility that some faculty members in state schools have used college class time for partisan political messages. Armstrong says he want to be sure that students are getting the education they paid for, not unsolicited political indoctrination.