What happens when you speak the unfortunate truth about one of the greatest scams in academia? Ask Naomi Schaefer Riley, a veteran journalist and author who has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, among many other accomplishments. For the past year, Riley has been a contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education's "Brainstorm" blog. It was a minor duty for which she was paid a "nominal amount" to blog twice a week, Riley told me in a brief phone interview this morning.
. . . and now they've come for the rock band Dire Straits, the third verse of whose 1985 No. 1 hit, "Money For Nothing" is now banned from Canadian radio for using what officials called an "extremely offensive" word. The Washington Times explains:
Conservative blogger Pamela Geller says she has been threatened with discontinuation of her online payment account by PayPal, the most widely used service of its kind.
On her popular Web site, Atlas Shrugs, Geller posted the text of an e-mail notice she received Saturday morning from PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy Department.
"[A]fter a recent review of your account, it has been determined that you are currently in violation of PayPal's Acceptable Use Policy," the PayPal e-mail said. "Under the Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal may not be used to send or receive payments for items that promote hate, violence, racial intolerance or the financial exploitation of a crime."