Missouri instructor cleared in labor video controversy

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 7:58 a.m. CDT; updated 9:08 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 11, 2011

ST. LOUIS — Officials at the University of Missouri-St. Louis say an instructor seen on a controversial video discussing union practices did nothing wrong and will be able to return to the classroom.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the school sent a letter Monday to faculty and staff saying an investigation cleared instructor Don Giljum of any wrongdoing.

Video clips on conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart's website purported to show Giljum and Missouri-Kansas City professor Judy Ancel endorsing violence as a union tactic.

UMSL officials said the video took comments made by both instructors out of context and distorted their meaning through editing from different times and classes.

UMKC officials had already said they stood behind Ancel.




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Paul Allaire May 11, 2011 | 9:41 a.m.

Gee, I can't imagine someone attempting to put words in someone's mouth.

Will there be any selective outrage now?

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Jimmy Dick May 11, 2011 | 10:04 a.m.

There shouldn't be any outrage. It was obviously a smear attack by a right wing blogger who's been caught doing it before. Translation: The LIAR got caught.

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Paul Allaire May 11, 2011 | 11:16 a.m.

Defamation of character twice, and the only reason being that the person he attacked had a different viewpoint than his own. That sounds familiar. Can someone point to someone on the left who regularly resorts to the same?

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