BY HANK REICHMAN
The Labor Day lockout of faculty at Long Island University’s Brooklyn campus has placed that institution on the front lines of the battle for higher education’s future. It’s a big national story — the first time ever that a college or university administration in the U.S. has locked out its faculty — and certainly should be a big local story in New York. But you wouldn’t know it from reading the New York Times, the self-proclaimed national newspaper of record.
The story first broke last week but as of this moment the Times hasn’t run a single item on it. If you go to the “New York” section of the paper’s online site you’ll find these top headlines, as of 4 p.m. Eastern time today: “Celebrity Answering Service Endures, Its Secrets Intact,” “Harley Flanagan, Original New York Punker, Finds His Mellower Side,” and “Stolen, Sold and Savored: Ice Cream Is a Hot Commodity in Manhattan.” I guess there just isn’t room for a minor story of how 400+ educators are being deprived of their health care benefits, email access, and work at a major city institution. I guess they just couldn’t fit in a story of how the university advertised for “temporary instructors” on an internet employment site and how tuition-paying students are being compelled to take classes with totally unqualified teachers. I guess these other stories are far more important.
Fortunately, The Nation has run a fine piece on the lockout, which you can read here.
UPDATE: As of early afternoon, N.Y. time, on Tuesday, September 6, still no Times story! So much for the “paper of record.”
UPDATE: Finally! Posted to the Times website some time late afternoon or early evening Sept. 6: https://t.co/k5rxAvauEj