In an article published in Saturday’s edition of The New York Times
, Bloomberg expressed his displeasure with the protestors’ actions
, calling the incident an “outrage.” Bloomberg was also highly critical of Columbia University President Lee Bollinger, stating on his weekly radio program that “Bollinger’s just got to get his hands around this…. There are too many incidents at the same school where people get censored.”
And as usual, Bollinger’s official response to the brawl
says all the right things: “Let me reaffirm: In a society committed to free speech, there will inevitably be times when speakers use words that anger, provoke, and even cause pain. Then, more than ever, we are called on to maintain our courage to confront bad words with better words.” Whether or not such admirable rhetoric translates into long-overdue policies and practices clearly establishing freedom of expression at Columbia remains to be seen.