Chapman’s Media Integrity Center to Host Sarah Sanders, Robert Gibbs

Photo of Sarah Huckabee Sanders: The White House

Chapman University’s Center for Freedom of Expression and Media Integrity is continuing to underwhelm, beyond all my expectations. First, it hired Brian Calle–who in just his few hours as publisher managed to reduce the once-thriving LA Weekly into a meaningless mash-up of fluff stories and nonsense–to be its executive director. Then it booked former White House Press Secretaries Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Robert Gibbs to some sort of “launch event.”

“The event, scheduled for Nov. 20, is ticketed and will take place at The Richard Nixon Library located in Yorba Linda, California,” states this Nov. 3 story by Chapman Panther Editor Louisa Marshall, who broke the story. “Brian Calle, a professor of communication at Chapman and the executive director of the center, confirmed the event in a Nov. 1 email to The Panther, saying the nature of the event will result in ‘quite a conversation.'”

Of course this embarrassment will happen at the Nixon Library! This is America, where an organization with the words “Media Integrity” in its name hosts individuals who were paid to lie to the American people at the library of the only U.S. president forced to resign from office in disgrace because of his corruption.

Sanders lied so much in the service of President Donald Trump that when she finally left the White House earlier this year, Vanity Fair posted this nostalgic look back at “her biggest lies.” Who’s to say which was the worst, but this one certainly stands out:

Smearing the many, many women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault and claiming they are the liars

And Gibbs, honestly, he wasn’t much better. In fact, his attempt to justify, rationalize President Barack Obama’s ordering of a drone strike in October 2012 that killed 16-year-old American citizen Abdulrahman al-Awlaki was downright disgusting, as this Atlantic piece from back then makes perfectly clear:

REPORTER: It’s an American citizen that is being targeted without due process, without trial. And, he’s underage. He’s a minor.

GIBBS: I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father if they are truly concerned about the well being of their children. I don’t think becoming an al Qaeda jihadist terrorist is the best way to go about doing your business.

Seriously, fuck these two.

Peter McLaren, a Distinguished Professor in Critical Studies at Chapman University, isn’t happy about the event, either. “In these difficult times of political bloodlust and fascist politics playing out not only by the White House administration (the media are the enemy of the people, the Democrats are traitors, etc.) but all around the globe, to remain  hospitable to the ravings and machinations of authoritarian populists like Donald Trump as well as his enablers and cheerleaders (the respectable Republicans are now ex-Republicans), is at best unconscionable,” McLaren said in a Nov. 4 email. “The one sign of hope left on Chapman campus is the solitary statue of Paulo Freire, patron of Brazilian education, who was cast into prison for his work on literacy with Brazilian peasants, and whose legacy is currently under assault by the Trump’s ‘friend’, Brazil’s fascist president [Jair] Bolsonaro. Bolsonaro, like today’s Republicans in the US, are frightened by critical literacy, by an education that condemns fascist ideology and promotes critical thinking and social justice initiatives. By supporting these ideologues on the right, we are slouching not towards the radiant city on the hill, but towards the dungheap of history.”




12 Replies to “Chapman’s Media Integrity Center to Host Sarah Sanders, Robert Gibbs”

  1. It is a tragedy that you make everything about ugly!! People don’t really hate as much as you seem to believe. Sanders did her job like all do when they have her position in the White House.

    1. Lying to the American people should never be a function of the president’s press secretary. She should have had the integrity not to lie. If required to lie, she should have resigned.

      1. And Robert Gibbs never carried water for Obama either, right? I guess you didn’t actually read the part where the author says “Gibbs isn’t that much better”

  2. Why in the world does Chapman call this a “Media INTEGRITY Center”?? Ugh. What a misnomer, with Sanders on the menu.

  3. If you want integrity, you have to start with people of integrity. This is laughable. Maybe the director needs to learn what integrity means. Unless you want an example of what NOT to do, for that purpose, good choice!

  4. Wow! Calling someone a liar simply for questioning the validity of Trump’s accusers, many of who have since been proven false. How definitions have changed. You are truly an example of journalistic lack of integrity and an example of how fake need is the enemy of the people.

    1. Really Larry did you ever even graduate from the 5th grade?… Repeatedly Trump’s criminal actions have been proven to be true and now he is also being investigated for tax fraud in New York… If it weren’t true he was guilty why try so hard to hide the evidence?… Also he has been using the Treasury which is funded by our tax dollars as his personal ATM machine. Every time he goes golfing he makes millions and now he wants to use tax payer money to fix up his third world shithole country club “Doral” which has a excellent view of two trash dumps and the local trash burning facility so he can make money off the G7 conference.
      Thanks for proving that Trumpanzees are the dumbest and lowest form of life on the planet….

  5. “Repeatedly Trump’s criminal actions have been proven to be true” — Interesting this claim is made with zero evidence to support it. I can’t think of any “proven criminal actions” that Trump committed.

    “Every time he goes golfing he makes millions” – More of the same…claims with zero evidence

    “Also he has been using the Treasury which is funded by our tax dollars as his personal ATM machine” — Oh look, another Emoluments Clause claim. You do realize these have been tossed out of court repeatedly.

    So thanks, you have aptly demonstrated what a mind consumed with Trump Derangement Syndrom can produce. Which is nothing, except for baseless claims void of any supporting facts.

  6. Media integrity! Really?
    What is Chapman College thinking?
    Yikes, someone made a really bad choice. These students need a role model, certainly not Sarah Huckabee Sanders!

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