I sometimes really wished I watched cable news. You know, among a life of reading, work, class, essays, and more at a Liberal University™, I feel like I somehow miss out on the rather illuminating shows on channels like Fox News. For anyone who might not know, Fox News is that one cable news channel that employs an anchor that declares that, you know, poverty isn’t all that bad because poor people have fridges. It is also the cable news channel that was founded and run by a sexual predator for 20 years. I am so checked out from the channel that I don’t notice when Evil Presidents of Liberal Universities™ are featured as guests (fodder for conservative viewers sitting on their couch in South Carolina eating spaghetti-o’s?).
Luckily, Melody Oliphant ’13 was paying attention to the channel and informed us that our dear old President Michael S. Roth ’78 appeared on the channel to talk to Tucker Carlson about Wesleyan’s decision to declare itself a Sanctuary Campus. Tucker Carlson is a Trinity graduate from a Middletown, but different from the one I am in now. He hails from Middletown, RI and hosts a show called Tucker Carlson Tonight every weekday on the channel at 7PM.
In the video, Carlson first questions President Roth by asking “If the Trump administration makes deportation its policy, will you give up the hundreds of millions of dollars that Wesleyan takes in taxpayer money?” Roth then goes on to challenge the notion of “hundreds of millions” and makes a jab at the Argus in the process (that’s fucked up, Roth). But then, he saves us all by making the conservative pundit visibly angry with his reasoned argument. Carlson didn’t seem able to grasp the idea that the declaration made by Roth was *shockingly* perfectly legal.
Carlson then practically begs Roth to admit that he wished he brainwashed us unthinking liberal human lavalamps a little more so that maybe, just maybe, Trump wouldn’t have been elected. Doesn’t Tucker know that, of all people, Wesleyan students historically listen to the opinions of their President the least, because like we’re so anti-establishment man?
I think we can say that we all like Roth a little more for destroying a Fox News anchor. Watch the exchange in full:
[UPDATED: Tuesday, November 22, 11:01PM]
We really messed up and forgot to mention that the Fox News host went to Trinity. Thanks to Twitter user @jarsilver for pointing this out (and Wikipedia for the confirmation):
@wesleying you forgot to point out that tucker carlson went to trinity (lol)
— jarsilver (@jarsilver) November 23, 2016
Funny observation: I think I remember this guy, Michael Roth, and his suit does not fit him and he looks like a flunky 60 year old veggie short man’s complex weightlifter…ha ha too funny! ….he had dark long hair at the time, a heartthrob to the jewish girls…..but I have a limited memory. I was a transfer student. My former college roomates, two of them, ended up playing pro football, one in the canadian league, and one a later NFL QB….and it was a strange event that I ended up transferring, after two years, to WESLEYAN CT….A new england college dominated by the crazy LEFT, which has infected america so terribly. Plus, I was used to beautiful women, true. When your roomies are all american jocks, from a state school, and you can hang with them, ………….you understand I would hope. I go up to Wesleyan, in the snow, and I am thinking, where the hell are all the beautiful chicks? Just what the hell is going on here? Freaky people incorporated? I go to see my old school and they are playing Connecticut in Stores, CT, who however you spell it as I am not from CT, and they crush U Conn.., and I am all alone in the stands, and I have no idea now, how I got there, but my two buddies are playing. I go into the locker room, and Jeff has just thrown 2 or 3 touchdown passes,…and Rick just killed people on defense, and I go down to see them, and they say, “WE CANNOT BELIEVE YOU LEFT US…I say, I know you guys, I walk form the library and see them practicing on the varsity football team and I am thinking, I should just go down there and start kicking the asses of these D3 athletes, but I was worried about my grades…
so they say, we just want you to know, that when we go back, on our doors, there will not be a single inch of space that does not have a girl’s phone number on it.” I was like, hey guys, don’t rub it in, I am sorry.” ….so we get this fop, this moron socialist con artist and his entire socialist industry person Roth, a small guppie in a small puddle, who later becomes the college president……………….give me a break about this scammer and his leftist, socialist, ugly people school and they really are ugly. I am not talking physically. I want the college kids from Wes and new england and elsewhere to read this….to maybe learn a thing or two. The world is a very big place, and you never know who you will meet in life. There are people like me.? Little Mikie Roth, ha ha ha. Well he sure done good!..spouting his baloney to impressionable 20 yr olds….he and the freaky people…..too funny
Funny observation: I think I remember this guy, Michael Roth, and his suit does not fit him and he looks like a flunky 60 year old veggie short man’s complex weightlifter…ha ha too funny! ….he had dark long hair at the time, a heartthrob to the jewish girls…..but I have a limited memory. I was a transfer student. My former college roomates, two of them, ended up playing pro football, one in the canadian league, and one a later NFL QB….and it was a strange event that I ended up transferring, after two years, to WESLEYAN CT….A new england college dominated by the crazy LEFT, which has infected america so terribly. Plus, I was used to beautiful women, true. When your roomies are all american jocks, from a state school, and you can hang with them, ………….you understand I would hope. I go up to Wesleyan, in the snow, and I am thinking, where the hell are all the beautiful chicks? Just what the hell is going on here? Freaky people incorporated? I go to see my old school and they are playing Connecticut in Storhes, CT, and they crush Connecticut, and I am all alone in the stands, and I have no idea now, how I got there, but my two buddies are playing. I go into the locker room, and Jeff has just thrown 2 or 3 touchdown passes,…and Rick just killed people on defense, and I go down to see them, and they say, “WE CANNOT BELIEVE YOU LEFT US…I say, I know you guys, I walk form the library and see them practicing on the varsity football team and I am thinking, I should just go down there and start kicking the asses of these D3 athletes, but I was worried about my grades…
so they say, we just want you to know, that when we go back, on our doors, there will not be a single inch of space that does not have a girl’s phone number on it.” I was like, hey guys, don’t rub it in, I am sorry.” ….so we get this fop, this moron socialist con artist and his entire socialist industry person Roth, a small guppie in a small puddle, who later becomes the college president……………….give me a break about this scammer and his leftist, socialist, ugly people school and they really are ugly. I am not talking physically. I want the college kids from Wes and new england and elsewhere to read this….to maybe learn a thing or two. The world is a very big place, and you never know who you will meet in life. There are people like me. Roth and his faculty and his Trustees are frauds. He is a a child. I am here. Like an Angel. This short man fits the socialist mold, the hater, bizarre bugle people mold.
I graduated from Wesleyan the same year as Michael Roth, the current college president of Wesleyan, Ct, who graduated with me. He and the adults at Wesleyan will never admit what I am saying. Here is the truth, so listen up:
If he is a college professor, I would say odds are 85% he is a liberal or socialist, and many of the socialists on the faculty are diehards, who publish as the “intelligentsia,” a college word if there ever was one, but still, their capacity to influence and harm is quite pronounced. They are right there at the beginning of the assembly line for america’s youth, indoctrinating them during formative years no doubt. I graduated from an elite new england college and I can tell you, outside of the hard sciences, about half of the entire rest of the college courses (or more) studied socialism, Marxism, communism, fascism, trotsky, and all the goofy 3rd world names for mystic socialism: Structuralism, and then Post Structuralism and their other goofy names so that in a sense, each little group of “intellectuals” get credit for making up their own little name, for their own version of socialism, and on and on. Remember, if you can make up a name and have it stick, you get promoted in academia and it goes on your resume……I would go to buy my books each semester at the college bookstore, and I would look around and be surrounded by mystical socialist feelgood dogma in stacks upon stacks of books, standing there with the other students. In the bookstore each semester, when you had to go and buy your books at the start of classes, I would examine the titles to the classes, and guess what, a lot of them did not reference these books at all. Many were “class neutral.” You could not really perceive was was being taught from the course descriptions. In other words, parents did not know what was being stuffed down their kids throats in many cases, but the books that the students had to buy and read, were quite different And the socialist professors can spend most of the time in class spouting their dogma even if 80% of the books are not socialist, strictly speaking. The students know all of this, they pick it up in actual class, but the process is subtle to a degree. These college faculty are not stupid………….at least half the courses I estimated were pro socialism, from walking through the bookstore at the start of the semesters, and it didn’t matter if it was sociology or history or black studies or English or psychology or “human rights” studies or intellectual history, or american government or classical studies or art classes, or art history or “minority affairs” or any of the other made up courses….At least half of the books and courses were devoted to the benefits and superior thinking of socialism, in all its crazy names and forms. OT: I remember taking a sexual education class my last semester as I needed a BS course to get an A in, and it was a bunch of freaky adults, coming in with sex toys, with a gay female and male professor (no bias please!), but I sat in the back and I got my credits for the course, like a good student. I remember I wrote about sexual behavior in the Victorian 19th century on my course final paper. I just could not bring myself to write about sex toys and the oppression of traditional american sexual behavior. I got my credits! I am sure such courses are still at Wesleyan and the hundreds of other schools like it. (probably even more gobbledygook these days! Yipes.). We have had half a century of kids being fed this by the professors. From their perspective it seemed you had to be a liberal or a socialist professor or that was it, you were not teaching the “cutting edge stuff.” These new England colleges are scams, the non science sections. It is unclear we even need them as areas of study, and I can assure you, it was not always this way in America. They are almost all entirely products of the second half of the last century, when america had money and wealth and could afford intellectual playthings and degeneracy. Now we have these wildly overpaid professors, hidden away from adult society, on the dole, the college pay dole, teaching to young people who are so very impressionable. Some are in the midst of the “late teen rejection of your parents thing,” so they naturally view this professors spouting maxims and communism as “alternatives.” It gets even worse than this: there is also without any doubt a bias on tests in the arts and humanities. Yep, it is subtle but it is there very deep at the schools. From a business and marketing standpoint, this FAKE socialist faculty on the dole, and the administration itself must hustle the parents into coughing up the revenues, so they feed them a dog and pony show, to get the parents to pay these outrageously overpriced tuitions. They know the parents are suckers, and worse yet, that so many want to be played for suckers, so they do this by marketing one word: DIVERSITY….THAT IS THE CODE WORD, AND IT IS ON EVERY COLLEGE MARKETING BROCHURE….generally somewhere on the first page. I dare any adult parent to check your own kids college brochure, you will it there. Just go online to their homepage. They want to get that right out there to the parents, and to their own industry. Most especially to the paying LA LA LAND parents, being scammed, or their kids who must borrow outrageous sums, while their kids get later brainwashed by the socialist faculty. And it gets even worse: many if not most of the faculty and the administrators, the deans, assistant deans, etc, HATE AMERICA….they don’t walk around with signs on, but they truly hate america. If you are a socialist, by definition you hate America, which is devoted to the villain of socialism, which is capitalism and the wealth that capitalism creates, and has created, for 750 years. I remember during my senior year they brought in a couple former black panthers. I sat in the audience and the minority black dude said to the students, “IF YOU WANT A GUN, I WILL GET YOU A GUN….” and all this HATE AMERICA nonsense. How he got to be there was no doubt a hustle. How was he being paid? The university of course. And yep, it gets even more worse, all the school did it seemed was market for foreign exchange students, most of whom were scholarshiped in due in part, you guessed, to the color of their skins, and really, they could not cut the mustard in the classrooms, but they were people of color. So here you had the faculty and administration America hating college employees, who were just importing the THIRD WORLD…..who did not have to pay the tuition whatsoever. How could they, the tuition was so outrageous to begin with? We all knew this, but it was not a big deal when you are in college. You just want to get those grades if you are a good student, so who cares what you are learning. If you want me to memorize a class about Marxist sex toys on Mars and in the Oppressed 3rd World, I will do it, just give me my A for this class. We are seeing nationally, the hatred of much of the 3rd world for America, and worse then this, we are seeing the results of a half century of these new england liberal arts schools, churning out tens of thousand of these kids, half of whom are brainwashed, who then go on to get top tier jobs in america, so they influence others to hate america. To really, hate themselves. The ramifications are profound and should not possibly be underestimated. Do they deserve these jobs? Who knows, but when you are from the 3rd World and you get Harvard on your resume, the world and the corporations open up for you like magic, even if you sucked as a student. This is so very very true. So too does the government open up for you. You have the resume after all, who is not going to hire you? I graduated the same year as the current Wesleyan President, and I can assure you this, he knows exactly what I am talking about, and he will deny deny deny. So will most on their Board of Trustees, but the colleges and universities are all like this. Loaded with the 3rd World and America Haters. And look at him with this disgraceful interview here as he spouts his nonsense to Tucker Carlson. All the while he is banking serious coin on the paying kids labor and borrowings. Spouting his nonsense. He is nothing but a clerk, a gofer for the college establishment, totally replaceable and yet what does he make? 400 grand, who knows probably more, with a wild benefit package: free housing, healthcare, goes to seminars on the Wesleyan dime, gives big shot talks, thick pension, and on and on. He was an intellectual history major. Gimme a break, and by definition almost, he got a steady diet of socialism in all of its fanciful forms when he was student at Wesleyan. What do you think he read and spit back out, every day he was at Wesleyan. POSITIVE, and look at him now. Worse yet, he is now the college president. Figures. Here is the cancer in america, right here, and it is pervasive and and simply overwhelms the american kids who attend Wesleyan and all of these new England schools. Worse yet, it has spread from them and now simply dominates the colleges and their students across america. Listen to him stammer out lies and half truths. As a simple example, he speaks of his students, whether “they are on the right or the left” he says. Here he gives the impression that they are fairly balanced at Wesleyan in the political spectrum. What a lie. What a liar. They are overwhelming college created leftists. The school simply overwhelm the kids, who are borrowing if not from the 3rd world, or who have LA LA land parents. The adults at Wesleyan are there poisoning the students, which they will deny. This guy Michael Roth: a BS artist throughout this interview. Stammering from the truth, mincing his words, deceiving on national TV. Just watch your TVs. It is all there. All the schools, or nearly all of them, are just like this. True. And they will deny it, all the while sucking down those inflated, self important college salaries. They are socialist con men. Confidence men. On the hustle. Socialist assembly line factories for a half century. (ssssshhhhh, be quiet, don’t tell anybody.)
President Roth did say that Carlson went to school in Hartford early in the “interview”. I was wondering whether he meant the University of Hartford or if I had misheard Harvard. Thanks for letting us know, jarsilver, that Carlson did go to school in Hartford at Trinity.
There were a couple of areas where President Roth could have gotten in better digs at Carlson. He could have pointed out that, while there is a place at top colleges for conservatives, there is no place for climate change deniers or religious extremists because their views are fundamentally anti-intellectual. Simply put, it is not possible for an intelligent person with an open inquiring mind (both requirements for true success at a liberal arts university) to conclude that humans are not burning our planet up. Likewise, it is not possible for an intellectual to conclude that every word in the bible is the literal truth.
A second area where President Roth could have given Carlson a body blow is by pointing out the hypocrisy of a Fox “News” host feigning outrage because a university President didn’t remain studiously neutral when confronted with the possibility that a charlatan could become President. The obvious irony is that the supposed “fair and balanced” station was a leading purveyor of fake news, invaiably designed to help the Republican party, e.g., giving Trump lots of time to spout his nonsensical birtherism. 1986
President Roth disgraced himself and the University, becoming the
poster child for the left-wing, out-of-touch, intellectually-arrogant academic
community. When asked by Tucker Carlson why Wesleyan needs to be a Sanctuary University, he lamely responded that it was ridiculous for the federal government to be trying to deport 12 million people. What does this have to do with Wesleyan? Last time I checked, Wesleyan does not have 12 million students, much less 12 million illegal immigrants. President-Elect Trump has most recently stated that
all he intends to do is enforce existing law by deporting illegal immigrants
who have been convicted of a crime. That being the case, how many students Wesleyan does have who are subject to deportation. And why would Wesleyan have any students at all, illegal immigrants or otherwise, who have been convicted of crimes? President Roth also stated that he had failed the University by not convincing enough students to not vote for Donald Trump. Is political campaigning really part of President Roth’s job? If Mr. Roth wants to be involved in politics, why doesn’t he leave Wesleyan and run for the Senate, like University President Ted Etherington did in 1970?
Peter Michaelson ’71
clueless youtube posters. all they can comment about is “the hair”
Roth got destroyed and has to stop. He just made Wesleyan look really bad. I
We don’t need to here his thoughts on it all anymore. I hate the fact that he feels like he is speaking for all of us on campus. Please stop and just focus on running Wesleyan. I am starting to feel really like outcast these days and he has everything to do with it.
Embarrassingly, I think Tucker won the latter half of that exchange. When pressed to cite a specific instance Trump threatened to “roll back civil rights,” Roth could only mention voting restrictions (which is really an indictment of the Republican Party in general), and – as Tucker repeatedly pointed out – could not actually come up with any sort of link between voting restrictions or voter suppression and Trump’s campaign. I mean, if you’re going to make bold statements about the President-elect being a dangerous demagogue (and Trump certainly is), then you better be prepared to back up those statements when appearing on national television.
Later, when asked how he could have “done more” to prevent Trump’s election, Roth brings up the distinction between his role as Wesleyan’s president and his role as a citizen, before Tucker points out that Roth specifically said he could have done more “as a university president.” Roth then proceeds to spend the rest of the interview dodging the question about what he could have done *as Wesleyan’s president* to prevent Trump’s election. Roth talks about encouraging all students to be politically engaged, but this does not answer Tucker’s actual question, and Tucker knew it.
We all know Trump is a monster, but let’s not pretend Roth performed well in this interview.
Also, I’m guilty of jabs like this too, but the “fodder for conservative viewers sitting on their couch in South Carolina eating spaghetti-o’s” remark is exactly the kind of thing that perpetuates this idea of “elite, out-of-touch liberals” that is driving certain voters away from the Democratic Party.