Liberty University, Virginia’s private evangelical college that is the number one recipient of Pell Grants in the state, does not seem happy about all of the attention the school is getting regarding the large level of public funding. In fact, they would prefer their students not know about it at all.
At least, that is the explanation being assumed over the school’s decision to block the school computers from access to the local newspaper as it was running a story about the extraordinary amounts of government funds they were receiving.
News & Advance reporter Liz Barry wrote today that Jerry Falwell Jr.‘s Liberty University blocked access to N&A’s website for at least one day last week, and that “Falwell did not elaborate on the reason.” I asked the reporter via email if she had any idea what prompted Falwell’s move. Barry never responded, but another newspaper employee told me that some people there believe it was her earlier story that got the paper blocked.
According to Romenesko, the school has brought in an a public relations firm to do some damage control over the reports coming out about the university.
Liberty University, an evangelical school opened by Jerry Falwell Jr., also played host recently to a star-studded political festival, with presenters that were a ‘who’s who’ of the conservative, tea party and anti-choice movements. The Awakening brought together political candidates, presidential contenders, and even a full university wooing of Live Action’s own Lila Rose.
The University legal team was careful to say they were endorsing no candidates. Mostly.