Magazine admits changing title on Michigan professor’s column


Prof. Susan Douglas, University of Michigan

A magazine that published a column by a University of Michigan professor titled “It’s Okay to Hate Republicans” said late Thursday that it had crafted that headline without her knowledge and had swapped it for the original one, “We Can’t All Just Get Along.”

In These Times also said in an Editor’s Note that after the professor protested, saying the new title was not representative of her piece or its main points, it had restored the original one and had “also removed from the Comments section all threats to the author’s life and personal safety.”

The author, Susan Douglas, head of the communications department at the school, begins the column with the observation, “I hate Republicans,” then adds, “I can’t stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal “personhood.”

The Ann Arbor News reported that Douglas also itemized the “recent phenomenon” of her hatred.

She reportedly dislikes “the ceaseless denigration of President Obama,” “Clinton smear campaigns” and Rush Limbaugh’s “hate speech.”

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The column was criticized by student organizations and Republican leaders in the state.

Bobby Schostak, the chairman of the Michigan Republican Party, called the piece “ugly and full of hatred” and called for her resignation.

“Not only does she further perpetuate the political discord in our nation today, but she’s completely out-of-touch and focusing on a life of politics she apparently left decades ago,” he told The Detroit News.

Douglas mentioned in the piece that she worked for a Republican senate minority leader, Fred Lippitt, in the ’70s and “loved him.”

But she called him a brand of Republican now extinct (fiscally conservative but progressive on social matters).

The university posted on Twitter that faculty members are free to express themselves and the school offers a place for diversity in opinion.