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Harvard Crimson to scheming conservatives: Don’t apply to Harvard

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Robby Soave
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The Harvard Crimson published an editorial urging conservatives not to apply to Harvard if they intend to criticize the university down the line for political points.

The editorial, titled “Warning: Do Not Enroll,” denigrates famous conservatives who graduated from Harvard and later sharply — and perhaps hypocritically — complained about the university’s liberal ideology, including former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, and Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly.

“If we could have spoken to these three men, we would have told them never to come to Cambridge,” wrote the staff of the Crimson. “We at The Crimson urge anyone who plans on one day scoring political points by maligning Harvard to neither apply, enroll, nor graduate from this fine institution.”

All three of the figures mentioned in the editorial have frequently and publicly criticized the political environment at Harvard. Cruz recently commented that during his time on campus, some members of the faculty were “Marxists who believed in … overthrowing the United States government.”

And Romney during the 2012 presidential campaign attacked President Barack Obama for spending too much time at Harvard — even though the former Massachusetts governor attended the Ivy League university even longer than the president did, earning both a J.D. and M.B.A. from its law and business schools.

But the Crimson editorial may inadvertently support some conservatives’ assertions about the liberal campus’ hostility toward conservatives.

“Harvard liberals sure are an accepting bunch,” wrote Nathan Harden, editor of The College Fix. “I wonder where anyone ever got the idea that Harvard was hopelessly biased?”

The overwhelming majority of reader comments on the editorial are negative, criticizing the Crimson for being “over-sensitive, always-offended, anti-free speech Harvard liberals.”

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