My Colleague: Marc Lamont Hill

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My Colleague: Marc Lamont Hill

Marc Lam­ont Hill, the ousted gab­ber for CNN, is a poster child for what’s wrong with acad­e­mia and journalism.

Last year Hill con­tacted Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity about teach­ing there, and the uni­ver­sity big­wigs jumped at the chance to employ him.

The school gave him a tenured job, cou­pled with an endowed chair in the Depart­ment of Media Stud­ies and Pro­duc­tion, which is part of the col­lege I teach in. In fact, his office is just around the cor­ner from mine, although I haven’t seen him there.

Had the uni­ver­sity tried to assign him to my depart­ment, I would have vig­or­ously opposed the deci­sion — prob­a­bly with­out success.

His “schol­ar­ship” includes a co-​authored book with Mumia Abu-​Jamal, the con­victed cop killer. Hill is con­vinced Abu-​Jamal is inno­cent, although the courts have deter­mined oth­er­wise for decades.

Another book focuses on his dis­gust with cops, par­tic­u­larly the death of Michael Brown in Fer­gu­son, Mis­souri. He’s the guy who didn’t raise his hands.

Hill is an avowed Marx­ist who’s bud­dies with Louis Far­rakhan, the leader of The Nation of Islam and a vehe­ment anti-​Semite. Here are a few of Farrakhan’s rants about Jews: https://​www​.jew​ishvir​tu​al​li​brary​.org/​m​i​n​i​s​t​e​r​-​l​o​u​i​s​-​f​a​r​r​a​k​h​a​n​-​i​n​-​h​i​s​-​o​w​n​-​words

Either Hill knew what he said at the United Nations was a bla­tant attack on Israel’s right to exist or was igno­rant about its mean­ing despite claim­ing exper­tise about the Mid­dle East. He can’t have it both ways, which is what he’s been try­ing to do.

But this recent attack was far from the first. Here is a recita­tion of his attacks on Israel: https://​www​.front​pagemag​.com/​a​u​t​h​o​r​/​j​o​h​n​-​p​e​razzo

I’ve only had a cou­ple of inter­ac­tions with Hill. I appeared on his Huff­in­g­ton Post show a few years back as the token con­ser­v­a­tive. I didn’t get asked back.

Also, he decided to offer a course in the jour­nal­ism pro­gram about Ger­man­town, a pre­dom­i­nantly African-​American neigh­bor­hood in Philadelphia.

Hav­ing spent a great deal of time work­ing with the Ger­man­town com­mu­nity and its news media, I offered some sug­ges­tions in an email to Hill. I didn’t even get a col­le­gial acknowl­edg­ment of my analysis.

Hill planned to hold the class in the book­store and cof­fee shop he opened in Ger­man­town— an obvi­ous con­flict of finan­cial inter­est that Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity vetoed.

What’s also inter­est­ing is that his course eval­u­a­tions are absolutely awful. See http://​www​.rate​mypro​fes​sors​.com/​s​e​a​r​c​h​.​j​s​p​?​q​u​e​r​y​=​M​a​r​c​+​L​a​m​o​n​t​+Hill

While CNN bounced Hill for his inap­pro­pri­ate com­ments about Israel, a Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity spokes­woman stood stead­fastly behind his right to free­dom of speech. For­tu­nately, the chair­man of the board of trustees has stated that the uni­ver­sity will deter­mine where Hill can be rep­ri­manded or fired.

Hill’s com­ments are clearly hate speech. As I tell my media law stu­dents, the First Amend­ment usu­ally pro­tects such speech. But his pro­tec­tion under the First Amend­ment doesn’t mean the uni­ver­sity can’t get rid of him if it really wants to do so. I hope his office opens up some day soon. It’s a nice one! Stay tuned.

Marc Lamont Hill, the ousted gabber for CNN, is a poster child for what’s wrong with academia and journalism.

Last year Hill contacted Temple University about teaching there, and the university bigwigs jumped at the chance to employ him.

The school gave him a tenured job, coupled with an endowed chair in the Department of Media Studies and Production, which is part of the college I teach in. In fact, his office is just around the corner from mine, although I haven’t seen him there.

Had the university tried to assign him to my department, I would have vigorously opposed the decision—probably without success.

His “scholarship” includes a co-authored book with Mumia Abu-Jamal, the convicted cop killer. Hill is convinced Abu-Jamal is innocent, although the courts have determined otherwise for decades.

Another book focuses on his disgust with cops, particularly the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. He’s the guy who didn’t raise his hands.

Hill is an avowed Marxist who’s buddies with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of The Nation of Islam and a vehement anti-Semite. Here are a few of Farrakhan’s rants about Jews: https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/minister-louis-farrakhan-in-his-own-words

Either Hill knew what he said at the United Nations was a blatant attack on Israel’s right to exist or was ignorant about its meaning despite claiming expertise about the Middle East. He can’t have it both ways, which is what he’s been trying to do.

But this recent attack was far from the first. Here is a recitation of his attacks on Israel: https://www.frontpagemag.com/author/john-perazzo

I’ve only had a couple of interactions with Hill. I appeared on his Huffington Post show a few years back as the token conservative. I didn’t get asked back.

Also, he decided to offer a course in the journalism program about Germantown, a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Philadelphia.

Having spent a great deal of time working with the Germantown community and its news media, I offered some suggestions in an email to Hill. I didn’t even get a collegial acknowledgment of my analysis.

Hill planned to hold the class in the bookstore and coffee shop he opened in Germantown— an obvious conflict of financial interest that Temple University vetoed.

What’s also interesting is that his course evaluations are absolutely awful. See http://www.ratemyprofessors.com/search.jsp?query=Marc+Lamont+Hill

While CNN bounced Hill for his inappropriate comments about Israel, a Temple University spokeswoman stood steadfastly behind his right to freedom of speech. Fortunately, the chairman of the board of trustees has stated that the university will determine where Hill can be reprimanded or fired.

Hill’s comments are clearly hate speech. As I tell my media law students, the First Amendment usually protects such speech. But his protection under the First Amendment doesn’t mean the university can’t get rid of him if it really wants to do so. I hope his office opens up some day soon. It’s a nice one! Stay tuned.