Apr 11, 2013Print This Post
Tyler Talgo was fed up.
For two years the University of Southern California student had listened to the classroom ranting of liberal professors. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when Darry Sragow, his political science professor, launched into an anti-Republican tirade on the first day of class.
“I knew that this was going to be a professor that was very left-wing, very biased,” Talgo told Fox News. “I knew this would be one of those classes where the professor would be biased all the time.”
So Talgo decided to fight back.
“As soon as I got back to my dorm, I decided to video his lectures,” he said. “I got inspired.”
The 20-year-old political science major bought a hidden camera disguised as a shirt button. And that’s how he was able to secretly videotape every single lecture delivered by Professor Sragow.
“It’s one thing to say this happened,” Talgo said. “It’s another thing to show that it happened.”
Talgo culled 15-minutes worth of Republican, Tea Party and conservative ranting from Sragow’s lectures and shared them with Campus Reform reporters Oliver Darcy and Josiah Ryan.
“On the first day of class he talked about how Republicans prevent blacks from voting,” Talgo said. “He also said that he used to work for Democratic candidates and it was his job to kill Republicans.”
The video shows Sragow peppering his lectures with curse words and ridicule for Republicans – with his teaching assistant joining in on the attacks.
“They’re really stupid and racist,” Sragow said at one point. “The Republican party is increasingly the last refuge of old, angry white people who don’t like what’s going on in this country.”
“Old white guys are stubborn sons of bitches,” he noted.
Professor Sragow told Fox News that he has absolutely no regrets over any of his classroom lectures.
“I have said them many times to many audiences, and if the student had told me he was taping my comments I still would have said them,” he told Fox News. “I had had this exact conversation with many of my Republican colleagues and friends.”
Sragow said it is possible Talgo may have violated the student code of conduct by secretly taping his classes.
“While I am very candid and direct, I never say anything unless I am willing to have it repeated with attribution,” the professor said. “If he thought he was playing a dirty trick by taping me, it lacks creativity and the effort deserves maybe a C-plus.”
The video shows the professor opining on a number of issues ranging from Mitt Romney to accusations that the GOP suppressed the black vote.
“Republicans are trying to prevent people of color and people of lower income from voting by requiring voter I.D.,” he said.
During one lecture, a student asked how to stop Republicans from voting.
The teaching assistant chimed in, “Put up Panthers outside of the polling place.”
The professor responded, “Yeah, yeah. You can do that.”
He also railed on the Bush-Gore presidential campaign and claimed Republicans had stolen the election.
“Al Gore won the presidency of the United States,” he told students. “He didn’t get to be president. That’s power. He got more votes, right? We all know he got more votes. That’s a fact. You think the Bush people did what they did in Florida for fun? The presidency was at stake.”
“There are tens of thousands of people who are now dead because George Bush, even though he got fewer votes, became the president of the United States,” the professor said. “That’s a fact.”
The day after the 2012 election, Srago trumpeted a Democratic victory in California.
“I believe we will continue to allow Republicans to live here – but Republicans will be totally, completely, utterly irrelevant,” he said. “But we don’t need them anymore. They are totally irrelevant and clinically depressed.”
He also took pot shots at Mitt and Ann Romney.
“Ann Romney to me looks like she’s out of 1955,” he told students. “I looked at Ann Romney during the convention and I thought, holy crap, this is the country club in 1955.”
As for Romney?
“All campaigns have a message it communicates to voters,” he said. “Vote for Obama because he’s going to create jobs, keep the peace, and protect Social Security. Vote for Romney because Obama is all f***** up.”
Sragow suggested that his harsh words were meant as a wake up call for the Republican Party.
“If the Republican Party in California doesn’t broaden its appeal, within the next few years there will be more independent voters in California than Republicans,” he said. ‘We need two strong parties in the state.”
Talgo, who is a registered Republican – but considers himself a libertarian, said his video is proof that university campuses are hostile places for non-liberals.
“There are definitely some classes where professors give no regard to the other side and it’s a class that slanders people who disagree with them,” he said. “It’s hard for students. The professors are often times so intimidating you can’t bring up your own point of view. And even if you do – you risk your grade being retaliated against.”
That’s why he waited until after the semester had concluded and after his grade had been posted before posting the video.
“I’ve been in many classes like that before and in those instances I tried to stand up to the professor – and by the time the test or essay grades came back, I always felt they were less than what I earned,” he explained.
The professor scoffed at the notion that conservative students aren’t given a fair shake.
“If this student was offended, he knows perfectly well that I encourage an open debate and active student participation in my classes,” Sragow told Fox News. “He could have challenged me.”
Talgo said he hopes other students will take a stand and help expose other liberal professors.
“My major concern is that these professors are indoctrinating students,” he said.