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Columbia University vice president charged with sexual assault of Minor

Columbia Spectator
January 5, 2021

Columbia’s Vice President for Manhattanville Development Marcelo Velez was taken into police custody on Monday. Velez, who has worked for the University for 25 years, was charged with aggravated sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of sexual assault by contact for an alleged incident with a girl under the age of 13. According to court records, the assault is reported to have taken place on Jan 2. inside a guest room at Velez’s home in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey—just steps away from a local elementary school.

The relationship between Velez and the young girl is unknown at present. The report that led to Velez’s arrest was made by the child’s mother.

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‘Free Speech is Being Weaponized’: Columbia Journalism Dean Calls For More Censorship

Editor’s Note: More proof that higher education is a colossal rip-off. Here’s the head of the country’s most prestigious and oldest journalist schools (at a university that remains a hotbed of intelligence agency recruitment) calling for free speech restrictions–on political speech with which he disagrees. Save your money, self-educate, and strive at becoming a true journalist.-JFT

Jonathan Turley
December 9, 2020

We have been discussing how reporters, editorscommentators, and academics have embraced rising calls for censorship and speech controls, including President-elect Joe Biden and key advisers.  

This includes academics rejecting the very concept of objectivity in journalism in favor of open advocacy. Now, Columbia Journalism Dean and New Yorker writer Steve Coll has denounced how the First Amendment right to freedom of speech was being “weaponized” to protect disinformation.

That’s right. A journalism dean and writer declaring that the problem is that free speech itself is allowing too much freedom on the Internet and other forums.

Coll’s comments came in a discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when he was asked by Kasie Hunt about the need for Big Tech to censor speech.

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