On Monday, video emerged showing a professor at the University of Missouri calling for “muscle” to help remove journalist Mark Schierbecker as he was trying to film an anti-free speech event being held on campus following the resignation of MU system president Tim Wolfe.
The professor is Melissa A. Click. She belongs to the faculty of mass media within Mizzou’s department of communication.
Schierbecker recorded an intense exchange, which unfolded between University of Missouri student photographer Tim Tai and protesters who opposed Wolfe. Schierbecker asked Click if he could interview her as students pushed and blocked Tai.
“You need to get out,” Click told Schierbecker in the video, which you can watch below.
“No, I don’t,” Schierbecker said, prompting Click to grab his camera and shake it.
“Hey, who wants to help me get this reporter out of here?” Click shouted to the crowd. “I need some muscle over here.” (RELATED: Mizzou Professor Calls For ‘Muscle’ To Help Remove Reporter Covering Protests)
Two days ago, Click’s view of media coverage of the protests which now beset the Mizzou campus were decidedly different.
On Saturday, Click posted an appeal on her Facebook page urging reporters to cover the then-budding protest.
“Hey folks, students fighting racism on the MU campus want to get their message into the national media,” the media professor wrote. “Who among my friends knows someone who would want a scoop on this incredible topic?”
“The story involves the failure of administrators, a student on day 6 of a hunger strike, and creative, fearless students,” Click also enthusiastically explained. “If you can help, please let me know!”
On Facebook, Click’s likes include Bitch Media, Everyday Feminism, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Indiana and Kentucky, MU LGBTQ Resource Center, MU – Department of Black Studies, NPR and The New York Times.
On Monday, Click appears to have switched her Twitter account to private to prevent public consumption of her social media musings.
Click’s salary is $57,798.26 per year (just short of $5000 each month).
Her biography at the University of Missouri’s website describes her as an assistant professor with a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. “Her research interests center on popular culture texts and audiences, particularly texts and audiences disdained in mainstream culture,” the bio explains.
Her current research includes studying readers of the tour de smut “50 [sic] Shades of Grey.” She also studies Lady Gaga, “class and food in reality television programming” and “messages about work in children’s television programs.”
Critics of Click have taken to Rate My Professors today to portray as “an insufferable human being” and in other negative ways.
The last time Click was published in any serious academic publication was in 2013. The topic was Lady Gaga.
Click has not responded to The Daily Caller’s requests for comment.