Urged, Asked, Required, Forced?
There seems to be no dispute amongst media reports that Professor Sharon Sweet of Brevard Community College asked the students in her class to sign a pledge that said “I pledge to vote for President Obama and Democrats up and down the ticket.” Sweet has since asked for, and been granted, an unpaid leave of absence.
Here's what's in dispute: did she ask them to sign it, suggest that they sign it, require them to sign it, or order them to sign it?
It depends on who's reporting.
Do Dollard and The Blaze have some inside source feeding them evidence that Sweet used coercion rather than inappropriate, unprofessional, and illegal persuasion? Are they making a hidden argument that a community college professor's suggestion in this context is inherently so coercive as to justify "forced" and "required"?
Or was the reported story just not sufficiently cinematic for them? Are they just full of shit?
I hate campus electioneering towards captive audiences. (And it's worse when it's electioneering for very stupid people, like "vote straight ticket.") If Sharon Sweet did this during class, they should fire her ass forthwith.
But why make stuff up to make it sound worse?
It's the silly season. Bear in mind — 95% of what you hear that includes the word "Obama" or "Romney" is bullshit.
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