That history professor being attacked by Scott Walker says they won’t find anything in his work email:
Cronon says the Wisconsin GOP will not find evidence of what they’re looking for. “It’s not there,” he says.
The next logical step is for Walker to try to get google or yahoo or whoever to hand over any email exchanges involving a work computer. In the meantime, cue the Stanley Fish blog piece about the limits of academic freedom, about how Cronon should have fucking better known better.
This all needs to be seen from a broader perspective. It’s similar to what the Virginia Attorney General dd to a climate science professor in Virginia, it’s similar to what James O’Keefe does to NPR and ACORN. If you constantly harass anyone for being openly liberal and constantly reward anyone for being openly conservative (BALANCE!), you create a system of punishments and rewards.
It’s why the “left-leaning” columnists at the Washington Post mostly take conservative positions, it’s why some scientists recommend their own profession be subjected to McCarthy-style hearings, it’s why Joe Klein wears his paranoia about hippies and black panthers so proudly, it’s why newspaper ombudsmen say James O’Keefe should be given a Pulitzer.
People, especially professionally ambitious people, are, for the most part, cowards and careerists. If they know they get slapped down for taking liberal positions and raised up for taking conservative ones, you can guess what they’ll do most of the time.