January 24, 2006
Lakeside School Disinvites Dinesh D'Souza

The fancy school, best known for Bill Gates and Paul Allen, invited author Dinesh D'Souza to speak about Iraq and foreign policy.  After he had been invited (by the headmaster), he says that a group of teachers learned that his views were politically incorrect and began a campaign to have him disinvited — which succeeded.  They feared, he says, that by inviting a colored, conservative immigrant from India they would sin against diversity.  In our modern academy, that's a mortal sin, and so he was disinvited.  (Though he will be paid for his non-appearance.)

If you are wondering why you haven't read this story in one of our local newspapers, that's because it most likely hasn't appeared in any of them.  I can tell you that I didn't find an article on D'Souza's disinivitation when I searched news sources using Google.  Somehow I don't think we would have the same silence if, for instance, an evangelical school had disinvited a prominent leftist speaker.

D'Souza has appeared on the Dori Monson show (twice), the Kirby Wilbur show, and the John Carlson show.  Which shows why you need talk radio and, if I may say so, Sound Politics.

(You can read more about D'Souza at his site or in this Wikipedia article, and you can see him tonight on Hannity & Colmes.)

Posted by Jim Miller at January 24, 2006 03:10 PM | Email This
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1. cowards.

Posted by: Danny on January 24, 2006 03:12 PM
2. I heard that these teachers threatened to quit if he came to speak. I believe the school should have called their bluff and had Dinesh come and speak, because this is an elitist leftwing school filled with kids whose parents can afford to spend Twenty thousand dollars a year to send their kids there (in other words, it's cheaper to send your college student to 3 years of UW than one year of Lakeside). You KNOW those teachers love that place because of that, and those teachers are not going to find another place like this to teach at. It's a good bet they wouldn't have quit.

Posted by: Michele on January 24, 2006 03:20 PM
3. Yes, you most ceratinly would have heard loud complaints from the Seattle media crowd if a right-wing, Evangelical Christian school would have dis-inveited a prominent liberal speaker.

It's Seattle and King County. That's just the way they are there:

Liberal point of view = always good

Any other point of view = always bad

Posted by: Libertarian on January 24, 2006 03:31 PM
4. That's right, no mention of a school disinviting a knowledgeable individual because they didn't like his views. But, plenty of unapologetic mention of the Seattle Silly Council conducting a deliberately discriminatory selection process to fill the vacant seat.

Posted by: BananaLand on January 24, 2006 03:53 PM
5. I thought you guys loved everything Bill Gates. That's his school, that's where he'll send his kids, that's where he gives tons of money to get diversity in the school. What to make of your disapproval?

P.S. I think they're morons for doing it but remember, you guys think all things private are better than public and it's their private school. Enough said.

Posted by: westello on January 24, 2006 04:01 PM
6. westello, Bill Gates is a big liberal. Or didn't you know that? I don't understand YOUR lack of understanding. Here's the deal: You KNOW these teachers are the same people who CLAIM to be in favor of diversity. RIGHT? So this action by them certainly doesn't support diversity, does it??

Posted by: Misty on January 24, 2006 04:12 PM
7. This is totally of subject but it is so true. Both sides are guilty. The proof is delivered daily here at SP and HA. Before you go off on me, read it.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11009379/

Posted by: My Left Foot on January 24, 2006 05:00 PM
8. The term "colored" is a bit, er, old fashioned.

Posted by: DJ on January 24, 2006 05:04 PM
9. Maybe it's because Dinesh D'Souza called Ronald Reagan an "...amiable dunce" in his laudatory biography of our late president.

They ( the teachers ) probably objected to Reagan being depicted as "...amiable".

Posted by: Rev. A.A. Tappman: Anabaptist on January 24, 2006 05:12 PM
10. I heard this quite a while ago on one of the local talk shows.

Posted by: Dedra on January 24, 2006 05:38 PM
11. OK, I read it. Now I'll go off on ya....

You're an idiot, no-nutz. I suspect that you post here because to you bad attention is better than no attention at all. I further suspect that you have become accustomed to people abruptly turning and walking away from what you thought were conversations. I bet they still make you sit at the (other) little kids at Thanksgiving. That must be why you constantly subject yourself to derision and ridicule. I can't otherwise imagine why you would post such bone-jarringly stupid crap.

Are you mental?

Do the little voices tell you what to do?

Oh, and as to the article…….BFD!

Posted by: alphabet soup on January 24, 2006 05:43 PM
12. Maybe he should wear a dress while speaking -- and then go apply to fill the city council vacancy -- big win all the way around -- and very pc...

Posted by: Lew on January 24, 2006 05:49 PM
13. A little off topic, but does Lakeside teach their students the importance of good dental hygiene? Did you happen to catch Paul Allen on on the NFC Championship post game show? Is there a dentist in the house? Yikes!

Posted by: Organization Man on January 24, 2006 05:50 PM
14. Soupy,

You severely over estimated the value or effect of your words. Derision and ridicule? In case you have not noticed, this is pretty much an anonymous blog. And thank you for proving the point of the MSNBC.com article. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Posted by: My Left Foot on January 24, 2006 05:59 PM
15. So, does Headmaster Bernie Noe usually allow himself to be jacked around by the Lakeside teachers? Who is running that school, anyway?

Posted by: Gary on January 24, 2006 06:12 PM
16. Guess who was the co-editor of Prospect? "Which Prospect?" That Ted Kennedy one of Princeton alumni, published by CAP.

Posted by: Gary on January 24, 2006 06:15 PM
17. It's nice to know that your powers of observation are as acute as your other "sensibilities" ;'}

Posted by: alphabet soup on January 24, 2006 06:16 PM
18. Jim - I agree with you most of the time, but I think you miss the mark on this one. One of the benefits of private enterprise is that a private business (in this case a school) doesn't have to answer to the public. Lakeside has to answer to their board and the parents and alumni that fund them. If you or I don't agree with their viewpoint, it's no skin off our nose - we can send our kids and dollars elsewhere. Its a very different matter if a publicly funded school did the same thing.

... my 2 cents.

Posted by: Regret on January 24, 2006 08:27 PM
19. The situation at Lakeside is typical liberal hypocrisy. Liberals seem to believe in free speech only when it agrees with their views. Those same teachers who shamed themselves, their school and their profession by forcing D'Souza's speech to be cancelled, would likely have not protested if Juan Cole or Ward Churchill were invited to speak. This d despite the fact that both are proven plagarists, liars and often rant in ways that cross the line of being hate speech. The headmaster should have let D'Souza speak and forced the teachers to expose their hypocrisy by trying to defend their actions.

Posted by: Mike K on January 24, 2006 08:29 PM
20. Liberals who are really fascists here because they do not allow what they perceive as differing opinions to be voiced. Conservatives institutions even allow liberal speakers. Besides acting like fascists, they are paranoid wimps ! Demo-thugs take note.

Posted by: KS on January 24, 2006 09:23 PM
21. Many public institutions of higher learning act the same way, so here is just another display by those on the left who are dearly afraid of losing their power (by the NEA/WEA) of indoctrination of their cultural philosophy of the students. And so the culture war continues.

Posted by: KS on January 24, 2006 09:28 PM
22. Lakeside has turned into a KLOWN FACTORY just like Evergreen....
Both aspire for mediocrity in a giving a well-rounded education with diverse points of view.

Posted by: Mr. Cynical on January 24, 2006 09:41 PM
23. You know, he spoke at the school before. A little over a decade ago. I was there. He wasn't exactly embraced, but he was given a fair hearing. The problem was that he wasn't at all convincing. Dr. Noe wasn't there then. I imagine if he had been there then the invitation would not have been extended in the first place.

Posted by: Lakeside Alum on January 24, 2006 11:42 PM
24. As a member of Lakeside's class of 2000 I would like to both agree and disagree with some of the posts. Though $20k is an extraordinary sum, Lakeside offers an unparalleled academic program. The environment leans left but so does the student body, which is composed of a rather large Seattle contingent. It is likely less liberal than many Seattle public schools. I left Lakeside as a steeled conservative, well-versed in liberal ideaology and well-capable of refuting it. In addtion, one SP blogger, seems to have traveled a parallel path through Lakeside.

Yes, it is a private school but Lakeside is extremely self-conscious--jumping at any opportunity to portray the school in a good light (recent attention has focused on dispelling the myth that it is only composed of weatlhy caucasian kids). They do respond to the public because Lakeside's mission is to make great educations available to anyone who can gain admission. They are in fact selling to rather large audience and cannot afford to offend conservatives at large and the conservatives amongst the alumni.

Letters are best directed to Bernie Noe (cc Bruce if you are an alum who donates) at 14050 1st Ave. NE, Seattle, WA, 98125.

Posted by: Nicholas Echelbarger on January 25, 2006 12:55 AM
25. Shouldn't they have the right to associate with whom ever they please? You know, because the Constituion says so and stuff? We still have one, right?

Then again, I went to public school, so I probably don't get it.

Posted by: Belltowner on January 25, 2006 01:05 AM
26. Shouldn't they have the right to associate with whom ever they please?

It isn't that they didn't have the right to invite or disinvite whomever they want to speak at various functions. We're talking about whether it was the right (as in proper, correct, wise, etc.) thing to do. There are various reasons, some of which have been noted in previous posts, why this was probably a bad move on the school's part. It makes them look bad. It makes them look like hypocrites. It makes the school administration appear weak in the face of typical liberal heavy-handed intimidation. It denies their student body the experience of hearing alternate points of view articulated in an academic setting. There are probably other reasons. The bottom line is the school has probably lost yardage by caving in to the demands of the fascist leftists instead of sticking by their (purported) principles of academic freedom.

Posted by: Interested Observer on January 25, 2006 05:26 AM
27. Organization Man,

My wife and I were both amused and appalled at the yellow teeth Paul Allen proudly displayed to the world as he accepted the NFC Championship trophy on behalf of the Seahawks.

There are ways to fix that problem, man....starting with brushing your teeth!

Sorry for the off-topic post, but I couldn't help concurring with Org Man on matters of leftist hygienics.

Posted by: Saltherring on January 25, 2006 06:42 AM
28. Regret - Lakeside School has every legal right to disinvite D'Souza -- and I have every legal right to say that their doing so was foolish.

I thought both points so obvious that I did not mention them in the original post
.

To those commenters who have direct connections to Lakeside: Thanks for the additional information you have provided. (And, of course, if anyone now there wants to send more to me anonomously, they should feel free to do so.)

Posted by: Jim Miller on January 25, 2006 07:27 AM
29. Last night D'Souza was on Hannity and interviewed by none other than Dukkakis campaign manager, Susan 'on the left' Estrich.

She knew D'Souzza personally and the two of them thought Lakeside acted poorly. Susan did comment that the 10k speaker fee seemed high and that if she had kids at the school, she would have told the school to reduce tuition instead.

Also, D'Souza's speech was on Iraq and not his main lifework.

Posted by: swatter on January 25, 2006 08:36 AM
30. Left hoof verified the most relevant example illustrating the whole point about D'Souza.
As a good liberal, never do or say anything that can conceivably be construed as bearing any relationship to facts,
substance, logic, or the subject at hand, and if someone comes around (D'Souza) who might . . . do anything you possibly can to make them go away.

Posted by: Amused by liberals on January 25, 2006 09:29 AM
31. LAME!!!

Posted by: Laurie on January 25, 2006 09:39 AM
32. DORI MONSON (710 AM NOON TO 3:00) COVERED THIS STORY FOR TWO DAY A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. LAKESIDE WAS WRONG THEN AND IS STILL WRONG TODAY.

IT PROVES THAT THE SEATTLE ELITE ARE "KLOWNING" A NEW GENERATION OF LIMO LIBS, BACK-PACKERS N' SLACKERS.

NOT TO MENTION ENOUGH BARISTA'S WITH THEIR POLITICAL SCIENCE & PHYC DEGREES FROM THE U -DUB TO KEEP STARBUCKS IN COFFEE ARTISAN'S UNTIL THE NEXT MILLINIUM.

Posted by: TACOMA PHLASH on January 25, 2006 10:25 AM
33. But of course Lakeside has the right to disinvite him! That's not the point! The point IS that they had ALREADY invited him! This is a hoity-toity institution of learning where presumably the people doing the inviting were intelligent enough to have already known whom they were inviting~duh! The problem is that the very teachers who pride themselves on DIVERSITY were the ones making threats if he DID come to speak. For those of you who came from Palm Beach, this post of Jim's shows the utter intolerance of those preaching 'tolerance'. I mean goodness--it's not like Dinesh lied about his ethnic background, disparaged his own country, and called Twin Tower victims "Little Eichmans" (like Ward Churhchill)! Fer cryin' out loud, people, notice the ironies floating all around this issue!

Posted by: Misty on January 25, 2006 12:44 PM
34. Laurie,

What is "LAME" . . . the fact that liberals avoid facts,
substance, logic, and intellectual consistency, or the fact that Left hoof demonstrates it?

Posted by: Amused by liberals on January 25, 2006 12:55 PM
35. I am a Lakeside parent willing to pay the 20K for what I really believe is, as previously expressed, an unparallelled education, though don't for a minute think that all students parents can or do pay full tuition. A large and increasing percentage of the student body is on scholarship as the school tries to diversify and strengthen its student body.

I and my multiracial children are conservatives in the Lakeside sea of liberalism, but we are not alone there. You can rest assured, that numbers of students and parents were dismayed at the disinvite and are letting headmaster Bernie and the Board know it.

The skinny from my vantage point: A number of students were led in revolt by a minority of faculty spouting half-truths and outright lies about Dinesh gleaned from the mirror image of blogs such as this one. The teachers believe they represent diversity and multiculturalism at the school. Unfortunately, they also believe that teaching diversity requires an in your face approach that divides the world into oppressors and oppressed. Dinesh, a lightweight with provocative opinions contrary to that approach, threatened them. The students now realize how foolish they were and how foolish it now makes their school appear. I think they have learned from this. I am not so sure that the headmaster has. I am certain that the objecting teachers have not. At least one of them had already chosen to leave Lakeside at the end of the year because she felt her personal diversity agenda was not being appreciated enough by either the student body or the administration. To be honest, I believe that the students at Lakeside preferred to celebrate the things that bring them together and didn't listen to the diatribe from the far left.

Posted by: Lakeside Parent on January 25, 2006 08:26 PM
36. I am a Lakeside parent willing to pay the 20K for what I really believe is, as previously expressed, an unparallelled education, though don't for a minute think that all students parents can or do pay full tuition. A large and increasing percentage of the student body is on scholarship as the school tries to diversify and strengthen its student body.

I and my multiracial children are conservatives in the Lakeside sea of liberalism, but we are not alone there. You can rest assured, that numbers of students and parents were dismayed at the disinvite and are letting headmaster Bernie and the Board know it.

The skinny from my vantage point: A number of students were led in revolt by a minority of faculty spouting half-truths and outright lies about Dinesh gleaned from the mirror image of blogs such as this one. The teachers believe they represent diversity and multiculturalism at the school. Unfortunately, they also believe that teaching diversity requires an in your face approach that divides the world into oppressors and oppressed. Dinesh, a lightweight with provocative opinions contrary to that approach, threatened them. The students now realize how foolish they were and how foolish it now makes their school appear. I think they have learned from this. I am not so sure that the headmaster has. I am certain that the objecting teachers have not. At least one of them had already chosen to leave Lakeside at the end of the year because she felt her personal diversity agenda was not being appreciated enough by either the student body or the administration. To be honest, I believe that the students at Lakeside preferred to celebrate the things that bring them together and didn't listen to the diatribe from the far left.

Posted by: Lakeside Parent on January 25, 2006 08:27 PM
37. Lakeside Parent: Don't apologize for being able to afford the 20k tuition. At least your kids will be able to do the 3 rs when they graduate. I'm just glad that the sane parents among you all have let the headmaster know what a silly thing the school has done in disinviting Dinesh AFTER inviting him. I mean, the irony of some teachers who claim to preach 'diversity' instead taking a communistic approach (shielding the masses from another viewpoint) and doing what they can to SQUASH diversity of thought is just too rich (oops, pun not intended).

Posted by: Misty on January 25, 2006 10:20 PM
38. FWIW - this story got a mention in today's PI:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/jamieson/257100_robert26.html

Posted by: Erik on January 26, 2006 11:42 AM
39. Re: "Maybe it's because Dinesh D'Souza called Ronald Reagan an "...amiable dunce" in his laudatory biography of our late president."

Correction: D'Souza was refering to a Reagan's critic, Clark Clifford, who called Reagan an "amiable dunce". D'Souza disagreed, and went on to praise Reagan as one of the world's greatest Presidents.

Posted by: Stuart Andrews on January 27, 2006 12:10 AM
40. I support free speech, but frankly this hack didn't deserve an audience at Lakeside. He has nothing of value to contribute and never should have been paid $10k to speak. He is just interested in playing up contoversy to those who will pay. Lakeside students would have seen through his BS.

Posted by: Another Lakeside Parent on January 27, 2006 08:08 PM
41. I support free speech, but frankly this hack didn't deserve an audience at Lakeside. He has nothing of value to contribute and never should have been paid $10k to speak. He is just interested in playing up contoversy to those who will pay. Lakeside students would have seen through his BS.

Posted by: Another Lakeside Parent on January 27, 2006 08:08 PM
42. "... but frankly this hack didn't deserve an audience at Lakeside."

On what do you make this assertion? Have you ever heard Mr. D'Souza? Can you point to anything that he has written that supports your contention that he is a "hack"?

Or is it because he holds an opposing point of view to yours?

More of that widely-touted "liberal tolerance" I suspect...

Posted by: alphabet soup on January 28, 2006 08:49 AM
43. Both of those points you mentioned I belive apply Amused. I was so discusted with this Baird's response I was at a loss for words!! Sorry.

Posted by: Laurie on January 28, 2006 11:08 AM
44. Corection: the schools response to this guest! Was up at a friends untill :00 A.M. and am trying to wake up sorry!

Posted by: Laurie on January 28, 2006 11:12 AM
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