Media Mashup: November 12, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 2.33.40 PMPolitically Correct I:

Students at Yale University are reacting with outrage to the suggestion that freedom of expression trumps their sensitivities, allegedly even spitting on attendees at a free speech rally.

Politically Correct II:

The Wall Street Journal reports about an amazing firefighter, who apparently got fired for his religious beliefs.

“Kelvin Cochran has led a remarkable life by any standard. He was born into a poor family in Shreveport, La., in 1960 that became even poorer after his father walked out and left his mother to raise six children alone. “After he left, we couldn’t afford to live in the projects anymore,” he once told an interviewer.

“Mr. Cochran aspired to be a firefighter from age 5, and he eventually was appointed Shreveport’s first black fire chief in 1999. In 2008 he became the fire chief of Atlanta. And In 2009 President Obama appointed him U.S. fire administrator, the top position in the profession.” But he got fired as head of the Atlanta Fire Department after he wrote a book about his Christian beliefs.

Politically Correct III:

Ban every sport for young people. Make them take Zumba!

To help reduce concussions in youth soccer, a new initiative will be launched to focus on four areas that include prevention and education, according to a U.S. Soccer press release:

  • Education and awareness about concussions
  • Return-to-play protocols after a suspected concussion for youth players
  • Changes to substitution rules in the game so players can be evaluated for a concussion without fear of penalty
  • Banning heading the ball for children 10 and under and limiting its use in practice in the 11 to 13 age group.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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