Blog father in trouble

The Instapundit has lost his USA Today column for one month and his employer, the University of Tennessee school of law, is “investigating” his apparent advocacy of violence in a Tweet concerning the Charlotte riots.

“Run them down,” he wrote in response to news that the rioters were blocking highways, trapping people in their cars, without regard for what that might do. Instapundit Glenn Reynolds, called the blog father for having inspired so many to take up blogging, and his myriad supporters contend his intent was defensive, not aggressive. Maybe so.

But it wasn’t the first time he’s been seen to advocate violence. A little over three weeks ago, he wrote that Venezuelans protesting the dictatorship’s roundup of anti-regime citizens should “have a contingency plan for such arrests, and it should involve killing mid-level security officials and their families.

His thousands, if not millions, of supporters protected him then, too, saying, as one did, “I do understand Glenn’s rage…” As many of them are protecting him now. And it’s highly probable that neither USAToday or UTenn knew about the Venezuela post.

It’s more likely they are strictly reacting to any threat of any kind against BLM, the Democrat- and PC-protected, Ford Foundation-funded agitators who led the protests that turned riotous in Charlotte. And in Ferguson. Riots seem to follow them around.

These are tough times with a lot of frayed tempers. And I have read and appreciated Instapundit for many years. But we should expect professors, probably especially law professors, to act like adults, and not stoop to the level of adolescents who can’t control their anger.

3 responses to “Blog father in trouble

  1. Bullshit, Dick. I have every intention, and did before any blogger or anyone else suggested it, of running down any “protestors” who threaten me or my vehicle. In fact, they’ll be lucky if I don’t empty my pistol into the gang.

  2. I agree with JD

  3. GR’s opinions didn’t have much effect on me, either, but I was appalled at the Venezuelan post. And the intent of the Charlotte one, coming after the other, seems iffy at best. But my opinions would not likely be popular with GR’s many, many supporters. Apparently USAToday and the UTenn law school are not among them. I hope he doesn’t lose his job but I can see how his rather leftist and PC employers might have been waiting for something like this. I know if I had done it when I was working I very likely would have been fired. But, then, I’d have been fired just for having a blog which was forbidden to begin with. As it is I try hard never to threaten anyone for any reason and have deleted comments that do.