// update //
I wanted to point out that the online journal Spinsanity has noted that the AP story I cite in yesterday's post (now updated) is a bit misleading. According to a later version of the AP story, the "thunderous" applause urged when President Bush spoke at Ohio State University's commencement was on behalf of University President William Kirwan, not Bush. Spinsanity also points out that there are conflicting firsthand accounts about what happened to protestors who turned their backs on Bush's speech; a University spokesperson told Spinsanity that no one was ejected for protesting.
However, even the revised AP story reports that students were admonished against "demonstrating or heckling," and I still find the advice not to exercise one's First Amendment rights disturbing. Spinsanity concludes by saying:
People have every right to oppose OSU's policies toward protests at commencement, of course. But they have an obligation to get their facts straight.
I certainly agree. I hope this post clarifies matters and I apologize for any wrong impression I gave.