But some students accused the demonstrators of trying to slam the Obama Administration as it pushes for nationalized health care.Killeen makes it sound as if Hartsell is just a random student evaluating the event. But she's not. According to her blog, she's a member of YAL, the student group that put the event on. The right-wing think tank Show Me Institute's intern Christine Harbin wrote that she, Hartsell, and another intern went to the event to "talk with students about Liberty." Hartsell herself wrote the following:
Others felt the message was edgy , but worthy of consideration. "I mean it's out there and it's really out of the box," said graduate student Katlin Hartsell, "But I think it's good that it really gets people thinking about what the actual implications of what socialism and communism mean."
I was at the event in my capacity as an intern for the Show-Me InstituteBut if Hartsell was at the event specifically to spread the gospel for a right-wing think tank, shouldn't Killeen identify her as doing so? And is this really a fair way to gauge student opinion on campus? The reality is that the display was very poorly received on campus, so Killeen's presenting it as "some people thought this and others thought not-this," is both inaccurate and based on inadequate journalistic practices.