A professor at Georgetown University, who recently went on unplanned research leave, referred to Fox News employees as "terrorists" earlier this week on Twitter, continuing her brand of using demeaning language to castigate those on the right.
"When your plane lands late, you and your colleagues are met on the tarmac, and ferried to the Presidential Palace for an intimate dinner with the president," tweeted Carol Christine Fair, an associate professor in Georgetown's security studies program. "Thanks Fox News Terrorists! My colleagues want you threaten their universities so they can get paid research leave too."
Following the tweet, The College Fix reached out to Fair for comment on what she meant by "Fox News Terrorists," which prompted her to write a blog post in the form of a letter responding to reporter Zach Petrizzo. In the post, Fair accused The College Fix, Fox News–which she terms "Faux News," and "conservative muckrackers" of engaging in "stochastic terrorism." She lumped in some non-conservative, controversial media figures in the group as well, naming Glenn Greenwald–linked to Edward Snowden–and Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hassan as others guilty of this form of terrorism. She told Petrizzo, "you and your ilk have literal blood on your hands." The College Fix reported:
In the Nov. 1 blog post, titled "A Natural Experiment in Stochastic Terrorism: Compliments of the ‘College Fix,’" the scholar states she made the inflammatory tweet as part of her latest research on what she calls "stochastic terrorism" — or "the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts or threaten to do so."
Near the top of the blog post, the words "The Hunted becomes the Hunter" is written in large, red Arabic letters.
Fair is no stranger to using social media to make violent suggestions. She was thrust into the national spotlight after tweeting on Sept. 29: "Look at thus [sic] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes."
A Georgetown University spokesperson told Fox News at the time that the views of faculty members expressed in private do not reflect those of the university.
"Our policy does not prohibit speech based on the person presenting ideas or the content of those ideas, even when those ideas may be difficult, controversial or objectionable," the university spokesperson said. "While faculty members may exercise freedom of speech, we expect that their classrooms and interaction with students be free of bias and geared toward thoughtful, respectful dialogue."