The paranoid style in academic politics

The Washington Free Beacon continues to expose the deep thoughts supporting Columbia University’s surrender to the anti-Semitic mob. Today Jessica Costescu draws on the private Instagram account of Gil Hochberg, the Ransford Professor of Visual Studies, Comparative Literature, and Middle East Studies and chairman of the school’s Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (“MESAAS”) department. In the Instagram post on which Costescu’s story focuses, Professor Hochberg decries the coverage of the Free Beacon:

In a Sunday post shared to her private Instagram account, Hochberg linked to the Washington Free Beacon’s June 12 report exposing vitriolic text messages sent between Sorett and his colleagues amid a panel on campus anti-Semitism. Hochberg rallied behind Sorett, calling him a “dear friend” whose critics are part of a new “MckArthy [sic] Era.”

“I hope no one is taking a photo of my screen as I post this. I mean, how can this be real?????” Hochberg wrote in the post, which was obtained by the Free Beacon. “Josef Sorett dear friend. We will not be quite [sic] about this!”

Below is a screenshot of the post included in Costescu’s story.

Consider that this woman holds an endowed chair at Columbia. Professor Hochberg’s post speaks for itself, as they say.

Costescu’s story runs as “‘MckArthy [sic] Era’: Columbia Middle Eastern Studies Chair Decries Free Beacon Report on Deans’ Anti-Semitic Text Exchanges.”

UPDATE: This morning comes word that the Columbia Jewish Alumni Association has just issued the following statement:

“Antisemitism has become a regular, defining feature of life on Columbia University’s campus; so too, unfortunately, is the University’s shameful denial that it exists. Instead of making the campus safer for Jewish students, administrators and professors mock, ridicule, and gaslight them that the problem we all see isn’t a problem at all. While we welcome the university’s investigation into Deans Chang-Kim, Kromm, and Patashnick, these actions are too little too late. Administrators and professors are the primary culprits of Jewish students feeling threatened. Fundamental change is needed at Morningside Heights and that starts with an overhaul of the faculty and staff perpetuating this crisis.”

Professor Hochberg cannot be happy about this.

MORE: The statement has now been posted to X.

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