The First Amendment appears to have little meaning for Missouri Southern State University President Bruce Speck.
Campus sources tell The Turner Report Speck went ballistic after seeing an editorial in this week's edition of the MSSU campus newspaper, The Chart.
Immediately after Speck read the article, he reportedly said, "This type of thing needs to be stopped."
I have already been receiving reports that the Chart has been under fire from the Speck administration because of its investigative reporting into the proposed medical school for Joplin (something which could use a lot more investigative reporting).
It is time for the Joplin-area media to come to the defense of The Chart and the First Amendment. The young reporters have done nothing wrong, other than to pursue truth that Bruce Speck, Dwight Douglas and others on the MSSU Board of Governors do not want brought to light.
When their First Amendment rights are threatened, it becomes that much easier to threaten the Freedom of the Press for anyone else who dares to examine the actions of elected officials and others who are responsible for taxpayers' money.
The Joplin Globe's coverage of the controversies surrounding Bruce Speck have been primarily limited to quoting both sides of the story; little investigative reporting has been featured.
The Globe barely touched on the hiring of Speck after he was the only one interviewed for the job. Almost no examination of his record at Austin Peay has been featured, though that record includes an inability to get along with faculty members, a hounding of the university's international program, and accusations of racism.
The least the Globe, The Carthage Press, the Neosho Daily News, and our area television and radio stations can do is to defend the First Amendment, the very thing that enables them to do what they do every day.