Meet Alexander Heffner, a pro-Occupy student who targets the first and praises the latter in a false Harvard story.
Alexander Heffner is an idealist.
Good for him.
He is also your basic left-wing Harvard senior. Then again, I repeat myself.
Mr. Heffner, a blossoming left-wing journalist (oops — there I go again repeating myself) who has cut his journalistic teeth interning in the sacred liberal precincts of the Washington Post, penned a holiday missive for the New York Daily News titled “The Tale of Two Harvards.”
In it, Mr. Heffner writes a boldly constructed deceit. Which no one, apparently, has recognized.
In which he compares Harvard graduates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama to the disfavor — shocker I know — of the former. Mr. Romney, you see, represents the “old Harvard of assumed privilege — and of a go along-to-get-along attitude that bordered on the sycophantic. By just about all accounts he was not one for rocking the boat.”
But Obama? Ahhhhhhhhh, the Anointed One. Even way back at Harvard where The One was “remembered as an open-minded moderate on campus” — yes He, The One, “was much further removed from the pedigree of the conventional Harvard student.” Why was this? Because, silly, thirty years before his arrival “he would have been laughed off most elite campuses simply for the shade of his skin.”
Where does one begin? And why bother? In his senior year at Harvard Mr. Heffner is already well down the road nodding and kneeling to all the sacred liberal cows that have created such a massive drop in ratings and circulations for the once supposedly impregnable fortress that was so-called “mainstream” (aka: liberal) journalism.
Be that as it may, it’s useful to understand just how filled with disingenuous nonsense this constant stream of chatter is — and perhaps even more to the point — the central deceit in this particular story. Let’s go through Mr. Heffner’s liberal constructs.
• Mitt Romney: Certainly Mr. Romney is not immune to criticism. He has been getting a great deal of it from conservatives, including here in this space. But the criticism Mr. Heffner levels in an effort to make his “two Harvards” case is blatantly deceptive.
Take this description of Romney from Heffner:
The son of a Michigan governor and the product of the wealthy Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, Romney represented the old Harvard of assumed privilege…
The impression conveyed here is that Romney comes from a long line of Harvard-bred Romneys who have always, through accident of birth, whiled away their privileged youth in the precincts of Harvard Yard.
This is laughably untrue. Mitt Romney’s father, the aforementioned Governor George Romney of Michigan, was the son of hardscrabble Mormon missionaries. Son George grew up under decidedly modest if not poor circumstances in the Great Depression. In fact, not only did George Romney never go to Harvard — he never graduated from any college at all! What he did do was struggle — working in several different jobs to cobble together a living, eventually gaining the skills and confidence that, added to his native smarts, led him to fame and fortune as the CEO of American Motors, the governorship of his state, a presidential run (losing the 1968 GOP nomination to Richard Nixon) and service as a Cabinet member (Nixon’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development). Not bad for a boy who never had a college degree.
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