Yesterday, in my "American Foreign Policy" tutorial (aka. conference), the teaching assistant, as usual, asked students what they thought would happen in Iraq within the next week or so. Time and time again students raise their hands and say things like:
-"Well, according to Al Ahram newspaper...."
-"The folks at IndyMedia think that..."
-"There was this fabulous article in "The Worker" that predicted that...."
-"Well didn't you read what was written in the [McGill] Daily last issue?"
...and no one seems to think there's anything wrong with the sources of information that these people are using! Meanwhile, when I say "It's interesting you'd think such a thing because yesterday in the National Post....", I'm met with enough "Pfft"s, "Pshhaww"s and "C'mon"s to make you puke. The worst part is, the teaching assistant is the worst culprit! I'm embarrassed to say that I've been attempting to soften him up and balance out my real political views with enough ass kissing to put anyone to shame, but the teaching assistant doesn't seem to care. I'm expecting my mid-term grade next week and I'm sure that his personal feelings towards me will be clearly visible in my grade. I (might) keep you posted on that.