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The two articles linked below discuss former FAU Professor James Tracy’s lecture in FAU Political Science Professor Marshall DeRosa’s April 5, 2018 Issues in American Politics class. Tracy presented a roughly 75-minute presentation on “The CIA and the Media.” The discussion was based on information from 1970s Congressional hearings and subsequent historical treatments of the phenomenon, which Tracy argued continues to this day. The presentation was followed by about 50 minutes of addressing questions from students.

James Tracy lectures at FAU for the first time since his firing

The former professor spoke to students about the CIA’s involvement in the media.

James Tracy took his first steps on the Boca campus Thursday since clearing out his office over two years ago.

About 70 students attended his two-hour guest lecture in professor Marshall DeRosa’s Issues in American Politics class. The former communication professor gave what he called a “condensed” version of the CIA’s past involvement in American media.

“Obviously this lecture is something I’d like to cover in a whole semester, but I can’t do that given the situation,” Tracy said, referencing his 2016 firing over a failure to report outside income.

Although, Tracy believed his controversial blog, “Memory Hole,” led to his termination. Specifically, he claimed he was fired over posts claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was staged by the government.


EXCLUSIVE: Fired prof James Tracy tells why he guest lectured at FAU

Lulu Ramadan
Palm Beach Post
(April 10, 2018)

James Tracy stepped into a college classroom Thursday for the first time since Florida Atlantic University fired him two years ago.

And not just any classroom — the same Boca Raton school he’s suing to get his job back.

An FAU professor invited Tracy — a former professor known for posting controversial conspiracy blogs about mass casualties — to deliver a two-hour lecture on the Central Intelligence Agency’s influence on mainstream media to a political science class.

It was Tracy’s first time back at the campus since clearing his office after his 2016 dismissal, which led to an ongoing federal lawsuit.

“I’ve always loved being in a classroom since graduate school,” Tracy, once a tenured professor at Florida Atlantic’s School of Communication, told The Palm Beach Post. “Academia isn’t highest paying profession in the world, but there are perks you can’t put a price on in terms of teaching.”


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  1. There are subtle dis-narratives all over the two articles quoted above. I’ll note just a couple.

    In the Palm Beach Post:
    “After a the (sic) legal blow, Tracy’s case lost steam. His attorneys filed post-trial motions that still sit with U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg, records show.”

    As if Judge Robin Rosenberg wouldn’t be blocking a new trial if the Tracy Legal Team hadn’t “lost steam!” They just didn’t have it in ‘em, I guess.

    From the same article:
    “…national attention on Tracy faded shortly after his initial claims about Newtown… But Tracy expects to be a public figure once again, claiming he will take his First Amendment case to the U.S. Supreme Court if he loses appeals in lower courts.”

    Fame. His true motive. Funny how some media types come to denigrate other people in public life as somehow in it for the limelight.

    And in The University Press, Cameren Boatner gets it exactly backwards:
    (When asked where the public could find “real news”) “Tracy responded without offering a concrete solution, saying that he just wanted students to think critically of what they see in the media.”

    She makes it sound like Tracy’s deflecting the question. Thinking critically about media IS a concrete solution. That’s the point.

    Did she even listen to this lecture?

    Prof. De Rosa, who invited Tracy to lecture, is an historian of the War of Northern Aggression, in the Jeffersonian American Decentralist Tradition. He is now in the center of a political storm at FAU, because his scholarship has hurt some feelings, in particular his assertion that slavery had more to do with black supremacy than white.

    I can’t find his comment right now, but Tracy mentioned earlier that he thought that there is a difference between FAU’s treatment of DeRosa and his own experience. The difference, I think, is that ginned-up racial hostility from students will be tolerated because it serves the larger social engineering goal of dividing the public, while the questioning of Sandy Hook and like events is much more dangerous and in no authority’s interest, especially the authorities at play in South Florida.

    1. Appreciate the thoughtful observations. Yes, one of the methods used for defaming “conspiracy theorists” in the public mind, according to the CIA’s 1967 Dispatch 1035-960, is to suggest how the target is simply making her/his claims for their personal benefit and to attract public attention. “Fame.”

      That said, we appreciated the fact that the Post reporter took the time to conduct a half hour phone interview. The student newspaper only spoke with us for a few minutes following the lecture, and there were no followup questions concerning clarifications on lecture content or the lecturer’s responses to students’ questions. If the reporter felt rushed she could have requested additional time before the story went to press. They could have also asked for the lecture outline to better define the reporting and check out the sources if they wished. But at the end of the day it’s a student paper and those mistakes are expected.

      The comparison to Professor DeRosa’s situation is in the preface to this post:

  2. I’m surprised those FAU Admin. scoundrels allowed you to grace their steps, but I’m glad to hear they did!

    Did DeRosa have to get their “permission” first to “let” you speak? (the world of academia is not my forte).

    Teachers/Educators/Truth-Tellers just have to Teach, whether in print or in person as there’s no suppressing of that desire. The OT prophet Jeremiah, when under suppression for lack of hearing ears, cried out, “I said I would not speak further but it was like FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES & I became weary from holding it in!” (Jer. 20:9).

    You can probably relate. 🙂 So, congrats on the lecture back at the “Lions’ Den” AND seeing to it that your Memory Hole blog was “born again”!

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