Why journalists hate you (long)

Guth and the turtleOne reason is that they’re subjected to on-campus indoctrination by professors who hate you. Hate is a pretty strong word, but it sure fits the University of Kansas, where J-school professor (and former dean) David Guth called this week for the murder of NRA members’ children. The University, which in all honesty is better known for its football program than its journalism one (or any academic program for that matter), stands behind Guth. They don’t stand exactly firmly, mind you, but they’re not a major part of KU: just the administration, not something important like the defensive line.

We’re not to worried, because we’re a long way from Kansas, and Guth would have to murder a lot of NRA members kids before he got here. And any one of those parents (and most of the kids) should be able to handle a fuzzy-thinking, rage-addled and podgy professor, no matter how homicidal he is. And he’s pretty homicidal. Campus Reform captured this lovely tweet:

He doubled down on his desire to murder NRA members’ children. “Hell, no, I don’t regret that tweet,” saying it would be “God’s justice.”  He called to the higher-ed blog Campus Reform for “a pox on the NRA” for opposing gun registration and bans. He told Campus Reform:

It absolutely appalls me that after Newtown, we could not have come to some kind of sane agreement on something as simple as the number of bullets in a magazine or the availability of assault weapons.

The Navy Yard shooter had a five- or eight-shot, pump-action shotgun. He wasn’t a member of the NRA. He didn’t even have the gun long, apparently buying it the day before, specifically for his planned murders. These fact had been reported by the time Guth, who also considers himself “a devoted father,” demanded the murder of gun owners’ children.

On his personal blog, Guth shows signs of extreme narcissism:

There are a lot of people online with nothing much to say.  I am not one of those folks.  I hope that you find my comments insightful, provocative and occasionally amusing

And he ended another rant on the NRA with a threat: “Fear the Turtle.” (Guth has an online persona as “The Snapping Turtle,” a reference to his own alma indoctrinata, University of Maryland (whose mascot is the Terrapin). Judging from his build, he’s been snapping at nothing but two professors’ worth of fried food, but we’ve learned to take threats seriously).

Guth is not a native of Kansas. Campus Reform finds he treasures himself as an “independent thinker.” He grew up in eastern Maryland and may be frustrated that he couldn’t be in a J-school somewhere in the Acela Corridor. A degree in journalism from Kansas is unlikely to give graduates entrée to the elite opinion makers. But Guth is a career associate professor at Kansas, 22 years without making full prof. One wonders if the tenure committee saw the same personality we’re seeing now, and if so, why retain him at all?

This won’t surprise you, but Guth’s loathing of guns and gun owners is not newly developed. In 2012, he called for the confiscation and destruction of the “300 million guns” that he held responsible for the Newtown massacre.

For example, how is it we have low tolerance for other nations developing weapons of mass destructions when we have more than 300 million guns on America’s streets threatening our annihilation from within? Sure, there’s the Second Amendment. But if there are reasonable limits on the other nine amendments in the Bill of Rights, why is the Second Amendment sacrosanct? Outside of the military and security and public safety officers, no one has a legitimate need for automatic weapons. The very possession of these weapons is an assault on common sense and should be a crime.

Actually, it’s Guth’s grammar and syntax that adds up to an assault on common sense (“weapons of mass destructions”), but as this is his blog, we won’t hold him to the standards to which he probably fails to hold his students. He also somehow blames Donald Trump for the Newtown shooter. We couldn’t really follow his reasoning here. Perhaps Mr Trump has a lot to answer for, but that’s not any part of it.

His blog, which as far as we can tell only we and Campus Reform have written about, is a treasure trove of addlepated cant. From before the Newtown shooting:

I question the mental health of anyone working outside of law enforcement, security and the military who feels his or she must carry a gun with them at all times.

Let’s try instruction by analogy, Guth. I question the mental health of anyone work outside the government who feels he or she should be trusted with the awesome power of a web-offset press or broadcasting microphone. See how it works, or doesn’t work? But his desire for gun bans is a leitmotif of his blog.

In 2013, the word “gun” appears frequently in his blog — 37 times. Just pulling one line from each major mention, here are the quotes:

  • 16 Sep 13: “The NRA has championed a gun culture that is shredding our nation’s moral authority like armor-plated bullets ripping through flesh.” That’s not even a very coherent sentence. “There is no justification for the widespread sale of assault weapons, high-volume magazines or hollow-point bullets. In fact, their sale is a well-documented threat to national security.” Gee, does he also want to ban shotguns and buckshot? Would-be dictators are a well-documented threat to national security.
  • 15 Jul 13: Guth reluctantly concludes that George Zimmerman was not guilty of the Trayvon Martin shooting, but thinks a handgun ban would have avoided the whole thing. “But if you want to be outraged, focus on the guns….  If you want to be angry, be angry at a gun culture that made this tragedy possible.” OK. Because nothing could possibly go wrong in a society where there’s no way of stopping a strong young man with a taste for burglary and assault!
  • 21 Apr 13:  In a post remarkable for incoherence, he seems to attribute the Boston Marathon bombings to “a political disaster, the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass reasonable — and relatively toothless — gun control legislation.” And he compares North Korean princeling Kim Jong-un to, well, just read it: “Speaking of nut-jobs, let me share three words with you: National Rifle Association.”
  • 17 Apr 13: He tees off on his own state representatives and senators, with dehumanizing language and imagery of violence that presages his recent threats. “I referred to the Kansas delegation in the U.S. House Representatives as ‘gun pimps’….Tonight, our two senators joined … in pimping for the gun lobby…. Roberts, Moran and every other Senator who stood with the gun lobby this evening have the blood of future innocent victims on their hands. No, they didn’t pull the trigger. They just made it easier for the bad guys to get the guns. Shame on you. Shame on you.”
  • 09 Apr 13: He excoriates Kansas state representative, particularly Republicans, for “passing gun and abortion laws that are morally reprehensible.”
  • 02 Apr 13: “[A]nyone who tells you that restricting high-volume ammunition magazines and the sale of new assault weapons is tantamount taking away their guns has a perverse sense of self.” We dunno… about 70% of our gun room would be empty pegs with his legislative preferences enacted, and this is before his later calls for a handgun ban. He was pretty worked up: “…only a chump would accept the NRA’s change…. ‘Slaughter in our Schools and Streets’…. blood money.” Then he goes on to support the 2A except for when he opposes it: “I support your Second Amendment right to bear arms – or even to arm bears, if you get off on that sort of thing. But I don’t defend anyone’s right to possess the unregulated firepower of a private army.”
  • 08 Mar 2013: He demands the state “reign in sales of assault weapons and high-volume ammunition magazines that are a clear and present danger to human life.” His reason: “Kansas has 9.7 gun deaths per 100,000 in its population – about 276 a year. These are tangible, living, breathing people.” (Well, not breathing any more, actually). He’s lying about the statistics, though. There were actually 91 murders in Kansas in 2012 (official statistics). If you break out the statistics in this Wall Street Journal graphic (from a subscriber-only article), you can see that there are typically from 1 to 3 civilian justified homicides a year — “gun deaths!”

We’re going to step aside from the list for a moment to elaborate on that, because bogus “gun death” statistics, pimped by gun control outfits like the Kaiser Foundation, are inflated a specific way, and we’re going to show you how to expose the lie. All the statistics you need are on the CDC’s hard-to-navigate Wonder Database. If you go there, you can select the State of interest, the Injury Intent field, the Cause of Death, and the Crude Rate per 100,000 persons. (Note also that in events that have fewer than about 30-40 data points in a state of 3 million, data are unreliable and Wonder refuses to calculate a rate). So here are the numbers:

Kansas Deaths 2010

Intent Cause Deaths Crude Rate/100k
Unintentional Any gun 0 0.0
Suicide Handgun 29 1.0
Suicide Long gun 34 1.2
Suicide unspec gun 147 5.2
Total firearms suicides   210 7.4
Homicide gun 60 2.1

(There were 190 other suicides by hanging and poison. No jumping off cliffs in flat Kansas. There were 17 homicides by other than firearms. Note that this database conflates justified and unjustified homicides. Nobody tracks justified homicides, but Kansas normally runs from 1-3 a year by civilians per that WSJ link. Jim Fisher, an investigative writer who is a former FBI Special Agent, compiled data on police shootings for 2011 and found that Kansas cops committed an additional 7 justifiable homicides, so as many as 10 of those 60 were justifiable, assuming one year is much like another in KS law enforcement. CDC records no fatal firearms accidents in Kansas in 2010, possibly an error).

OK, let’s return to fisking the professor’s blog obsession with the gun folks whose families he now wants dead.

  • 25 Jan 13: He approves Diane [sic] Feinstein’s plans to ban semi-auto guns, but thinks discussion of “mental health” ought to lead to gun owners being committed. Seriously, read the post.
  • 15 Jan 13: He sees President Obama as a “larger than life figure” who, like sports fraud Lance Armstrong, had to “overcome adversary” (?) to bring “hope to millions,” but now are “disappointing to followers because they are much less than they said they were.” Why is he down on The One? Because he needed groupie David Gregory “to remind [him] that he has a gun control agenda.”
  • 08 Jan 13: Turns out he, too, doesn’t like Alex Jones (“a jack-booted, gun-toting loud-mouth”) or Piers Morgan (“fuzzy-haired and fuzzier-thinking”). Turns out his beef with Morgan was this: giving airtime to Jones, not because Jones is a conspiratroid whackjob, but because Jones argued a pro-gun position, which must not appear in the media. Remember, Guth is a professor of Journalism. “I want assault weapons and large ammunition magazines banned.”

In 2012, the word “gun” appeared 17 times. (We’re pretty sure we beat him on that number, but our focus wasn’t on banning the things).

  • 17 Dec 12: “[W]e have more than 200 million guns threatening annihilation from within.” Man, we hate it when the guns start organizing and get all Skynet, or maybe it’s HAL 9000, on us. 
  • 03 Dec 12: “With a gun, it just takes just one moment of anger, misjudgment or insanity to end a life. Frankly, I question the mental health of anyone working outside of law enforcement, security and the military who feels his or she must carry a gun with them at all times.” Exercise for the reader: how many objects can be substituted for “gun” in the above?
  • 10 Aug 12: he changed his party registration over “lack of a gun control debate” after two shootings at Victim Disarment Zones.
  • 08 Aug 12: He misses the point of VDZs: “a gunman has turned a place of retreat and refuge into a slaughterhouse.” (Funny how they never attack an IDPA event). “Why does any law-abiding citizen need a semi-automatic weapon – even one ‘legally’ obtained?” (Apparently ‘legally’ gets scare quotes if he doesn’t like the law).
  • 21 Jul 12: He expressed delight at the Aurora shootings (also in a VDZ), because “without a doubt, gun control will now join the other issues with which we will determine who will lead our nation for the next four years.” He made some noises about “respect” for the Second Amendment (so you know there’s a but coming…), but “I cannot believe that the remarkable Founders of this nation envisioned creating a blank check to allow individuals to amass stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.” Well, at least it wasn’t “weapons of mass destructions” this time.  “…a pattern of unprovoked and irrational violence will remain unbroken until someone has the courage to challenge the myopic National Rifle Association on the need to pass sensible gun control laws. For the love of God…it is time for a cease-fire.”
  • 28 Jun 12: He actually condemned the Fast and Furious program, one of ATF’s gunwalking initiatives that provided thousands of guns to Mexican drug lords to try to create enough blowback to produce stricter gun control. It’s a strangely out-of-character post.
  • 11 Feb 12: He inveighs against permitting licensed gun owners into businesses and on campus. “One can’t help but wonder on what planet do people think mixing guns with young people makes sense?  After senseless massacres at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, how is this a good idea?”  (Both VT and NIU were VDZs, of course). “If…concealed weapons would deter future slaughters, why stop at guns? Let the campus bookstores sell handgrenades and flame throwers.” Nice reductio ad absurdum fallacy, prof.  “It is just as ludicrous as introducing guns into an often-stressful environment dominated by sometimes immature, hormone and alcohol-driven young adults.” Geez. Are any of the undergrads you knew back in the day as immature as some professors? Well, in all honesty, yeah. It’s about a wash.

But the blog, which is helpfully archived back to 2007, tells us something else. Guth’s homicidal, unhealthy fixation on guns is a recent development. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 he never once mentioned the word gun. In 2010, he used it four times, always in relatively descriptive terms, with just one mention of a bill that would “prevent gun violence.” (How, pray tell? There’s a question for people smarter and harder-working than journalism students — or professors. But we digress). The only time he mentions guns in 2011 is in an Eisenhower quote about the defense budget. But the word explodes into significance in 2012 with 17 mentions, and in 2013 it is his White Whale, with 37 references.

You can detect Guth’s change in more than the numbers if you read his whole blog, also. He is a man of unconventional politics, a former Republican who votes half-heartedly for Obama. He is a man of great passions, still mourning the premature death of his first wife even as he celebrates his love for his second. But his emotions are stronger and stronger, and more and more violent, as time passes. For example, he hits Everest highs and Marianas lows as manuscripts are accepted or rejected for publication, even as he recognizes that every paper he’s had rejected ultimately found an outlet. But expressions of dank despair (rejection letters — which any writer could heat an Alaska house with — are “daggers to the heart.” Really? It’s just business) rest uncomfortably alongside a post celebrating the unconditional love of a golden retriever. We certainly are not qualified to diagnose him, only to observe that Professor Guth is a troubled man.

Given the opportunity to condemn Guth’s agitation for and, incitement of, homicide, University of Kansas spokesman Jack Martin declined, standing behind “academic freedom,” says that Guth’s opinions, while they might be taught at the University, don’t “represent” the U. Thanks for clearing that up, Jack. Martin evidently didn’t comment on whether the University’s phony-baloney “inclusive learning and working environment” extends to Guth’s hate-objects, the blood-attainted spawn of folks like us, or whether they just mean “skin color and bedroom activity” like so many universities.

Anyway, if you wonder why journalists hate you and don’t seem interested in reporting facts, consider that they spend four to six years exposed to teachers, mentors and role models like David Guth. Years of indoctrination, back in the day, made a Young Pioneer or Hitler Youth. (Yes, we went there. After all, Guth is already there).

And — he’s probably harmless, being a professor and all, but that’s what people thought about the guy who was hearing voices at the Navy Yard, too. So if you live anywhere near the University of Kansas, you might want to consider taking out a restraining order against Guth, sharing his picture with your neighborhood watch and police, and doing those kinds of things. A restraining order may limit his ability to arm himself, and the cops watching him may be able to prevent him from acting out his homicidal ideations.

Update:

Apparently the homicidal ideations aren’t Guth’s alone. Supporter Mary Brown was so incensed by CampusReform.org’s reporter Katherine Timpf’s article that she appears to have extended Guth’s threat to Timp’s children. (As far as we know, Timpf’s interest is as a reporter and we have no idea if she is an NRA member, which would be her business and not ours). We say “appears” because Brown is even more challenged on grammar, syntax and clarity than Guth. And Timpf was a lot more even-handed than we have been, but she still PO’d the gun grabsters.

Further update:

We’re trying to find video of Timpf’s appearance on NRA News. Apparently that lit a fire under KU staff, and higher-ups overruled Jack Martin’s “casually pro-murder” position. Guth has been directed to give no more interviews, and the Kansas City Star’s Brian Burnes got quotes from Ann Brill, who replaced Guth as dean of the university’s journalism school, and Timothy Caboni, vice chancellor for public affairs and Martin’s boss. Brill said what Martin would not: “[W]e do not advocate violence directed against any group or individuals.” Duh. And Caboni didn’t shy away from some criticism, calling Guth’s call for murder “repugnant,” and saying it was “disgraceful” — not for the content, but because “these views were expressed in such a callous and uncaring way.”

Thanks for clearing that up. Weasel.

Caboni set a bar, if a low one, for KU faculty: “We expect all members of the university community to engage in civil discourse and not make inflammatory and offensive comments.” Good luck with that.

(Apparently the KU executives were unwilling to give those quotes to Timpf, who broke the story, preferring to place them with a friendly local reporter. In his story, Burnes downplayed Guth’s statements).

5 thoughts on “Why journalists hate you (long)

  1. Aesop

    And breaking word that he’s been “suspended indefinitely” by the chancellor of the Uni. while they decide whether to either fire him, or simply let the 50,000 Kansans on the chancelklor’s front porch have at him with a sock and a helpful bar of soap inside, to deliver him the lifetime supply of black eyes and permanent lifetime reliance on dental appliances to chew his food.

    It may not be proof of a deity, but at least Jayhawkers aren’t yet a subjugated people.

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