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A thread by Liberty University

"We have been patient w/ the smear campaign being waged against the school, but it is clear now that there is a concerted effort to damage the school’s reputation and mission. We have a fiduciary duty to defend the school from this attack.”-@JerryFalwellJr (breitbart.com/politics/2019/…)

 

A thread by Andy Rowell

Reporting on Falwell and Liberty has been in ProPublica, Inside Higher Ed, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, BuzzFeed, and the Miami Herald.

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ProPublica @propublica
 

How Jerry Falwell Jr. transformed Liberty University, one of the religious right's most powerful institutions, into a wildly lucrative online empire.https://propub.li/2H3K8a5 

Billion-Dollar Blessings — ProPublica

How Jerry Falwell Jr. transformed Liberty University, one of the religious right's most powerful institutions, into a wildly lucrative online empire.

propublica.org
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The New York Times @nytimes
 

An evangelical, a “pool boy,” a comedian and Michael Cohen: The surprising story of the run-up to Jerry Falwell Jr.’s endorsement of Donald Trump. https://nyti.ms/2XXEqii 

During a 2012 visit to Liberty University, the Christian college run by Jerry Falwell Jr., center, Donald J. Trump met Giancarlo Granda, who had gotten to know the Falwells as a hotel pool attendant.

The Evangelical, the ‘Pool Boy,’ the Comedian and Michael Cohen

Jerry Falwell Jr. defied expectations when he supported Donald J. Trump in 2016. Now details are emerging about behind-the-scenes maneuvering before the endorsement.

nytimes.com
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julie k. brown @jkbjournalist
 

MIAMI HERALD EXCLUSIVE: Naked photographs of Jerry Falwell's wife surface in Miami Beach scandal. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article231717833.html 

How cut-rate SoBe hostel launched Jerry Falwell Jr. ‘pool boy’ saga, naked picture hunt

The pool boy saga that has roiled the lives of an evangelical leader and his wife began with a chance meeting at the Fontainebleau hotel pool.

miamiherald.com
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More on Falwell and Liberty:

Scott Jaschik@ScottJaschik
 

Liberty U is making deep cuts in its divinity faculty https://bit.ly/2MQgRXK  Story by @RSeltzer

Liberty University cuts divinity faculty

Divinity is chopping faculty slots and has lost students steadily in recent years at evangelical university, which has long said religion is central to its programs.

insidehighered.com
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Jack Jenkins @jackmjenkins
 

1. Saturday evening news for y’all: an editor at Liberty University’s student newspaper tells me college president Jerry Falwell Jr. killed her attempt to cover the — a religious event organized by many critics of Falwell and Trump. https://religionnews.com/2018/04/07/liberty-us-falwell-censors-student-newspaper-coverage-of-event-organized-by-critics/ 

Liberty U's Falwell 'censors' student newspaper coverage of event organized by critics - Religion...

LYNCHBURG, Va. (RNS) — The two-day event off campus drew speakers Shane Claiborne, the Rev. William Barber and others critical of university President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s support of President Trump.

religionnews.com
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The Daily Beast @thedailybeast
 

Jerry Falwell axes anti-Trump story from Liberty University's student newspaper: http://thebea.st/2dZvkfE 

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childish shambino@shanreedmason
 

Wise words by @PaulGlader ! This makes me grateful that I work for a student newspaper at @TheKingsCollege where we can practice independent journalism and fully serve the student body — not a censorship regime like Liberty students encountered. https://www.newsweek.com/jerry-falwells-systematic-censorship-liberty-university-shocking-bound-backfire-opinion-1456453 

Jerry Falwell's systematic censorship at Liberty University is shocking—and bound to backfire |...

True liberty means press liberty. Colleges must let the students report the news. Or else.

newsweek.com
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Michelle Boorstein @mboorstein
 

Inside Liberty University’s ‘culture of fear.' Former editor-in-chief of the student newspaper writes on the remarkable censorship at the school founded by Jerry Falwell https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/07/24/inside-liberty-universitys-culture-fear-how-jerry-falwell-jr-silences-students-professors-who-reject-his-pro-trump-politics/?utm_term=.1852caedad99 

Perspective | Inside Liberty University’s ‘culture of fear’

How Jerry Falwell Jr. silences students and professors who reject his pro-Trump politics. A report by alumnus Will E. Young.

washingtonpost.com
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CBS News @CBSNews
 

Former Liberty University student newspaper editor @weyoung8 explains how Jerry Falwell Jr. silences students and professors who reject his pro-Trump policies http://cbsn.ws/2iuAAgA 

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Tré Goins-Phillips @tregp
 

As a former opinion editor for The Champion, here’s my response to @WORLD_mag’s report about censorship at Liberty http://www.faithwire.com/2018/08/17/former-champion-editor-responds-to-report-about-liberty-censoring-student-run-newspaper/ 

Former Champion Editor Responds to Report About Liberty University Censoring Student-Run Newspaper

For anyone who has worked in the student-run newsroom of a private college or university, the tension between free speech […]

faithwire.com
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Jack Jenkins @jackmjenkins
 

This @WORLD_mag story about the treatment of student journalists at Liberty University is just…Wow. https://world.wng.org/2018/08/papered_over#.W3XhDnVqy_8.twitter 

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Daniel Silliman@danielsilliman
 

I don’t know if all the dots connect in this developing story of the Jerry Falwell Jr. scandal (or scandals?)

But it would be helpful, at least, to know what all the dots *are*.

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Aram Roston @AramRoston
 

Exclusive: The non-profit university Jerry Falwell runs sold $1.2 million in real estate to Falwell’s fitness trainer with no money down https://reut.rs/2Zs52x3 

Exclusive: Falwell steered Liberty University land deal benefiting...

Evangelical leader and prominent Donald Trump backer Jerry Falwell Jr personally approved real estate transactions by his nonprofit Christian university that helped his personal fitness trainer...

reuters.com
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More on Falwell and Liberty:

Aram Roston @AramRoston
 

Jerry Falwell: I Lent $1.8 Million To A Venture Involving A Pool Attendant https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/aramroston/jerry-falwell-affidavit  via @aramroston

Jerry Falwell: I Lent $1.8 Million To A Venture Involving A Pool Attendant

The evangelical Christian Trump backer, an acquaintance of Michael Cohen’s, helped a hotel pool attendant in a business after befriending him in 2012.

buzzfeednews.com
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Aram Roston @AramRoston
 

Falwell Settles Court Case Over ‘Pool Boy’ Business Deal https://nyti.ms/2VmhHMn 

President Jerry Falwell Jr. of Liberty University attends the school’s commencement ceremonies in Lynchburg, Va., in May.

Falwell Settles Court Case Over ‘Pool Boy’ Business Deal

The settlement concludes a case that drew national attention over its connections to Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer.

nytimes.com
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Here's a Summary of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Weird Florida Antics http://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/jerry-falwell-jrs-weird-miami-ties-11266159  via @miaminewtimes @jerryiannelli

Here's a Summary of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s Weird Florida Antics

Jerry Falwell Jr. inherited Liberty University, a Tennesee Evangelical Christian college, from his dad, Jerry Sr., who founded the school to create, what he hoped, would become a Christian competitor...

miaminewtimes.com
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Aram Roston @AramRoston
 

"In the emails, Falwell insults some Liberty students, calling them 'social misfits.' In others, he blasts faculty members and senior Liberty staff" https://reut.rs/2UQMErK 

Exclusive: Falwell blasted Liberty student as 'retarded,' police...

In emails to his colleagues over the years, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr has denigrated students and staff at the Christian university he runs, referring to one student as “emotion...

reuters.com
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Reuters @Reuters
 

EXCLUSIVE: Trump fixer Michael Cohen says he helped evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr. keep racy photos private https://reut.rs/2VrTlo4  via @AramRoston

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See thread above that @BrandonAmbro is not the only one reporting on Falwell and Liberty.

 

A thread by Andy Rowell

Liberty University and Jerry Falwell Jr. loses their most well-known professor, @kateshellnutt reports.

Meanwhile Liberty hired Ian McCaw as athletic director after abuse coverup and Hugh Freeze as football coach after escort and recruiting scandals. (mobile.twitter.com/kentbabb/statu…) Liberty University and Jerry Falwell Jr. also announced this week they have lawyers threatening one reporter for using anonymous sources while dozens of reporters have detailed their questionable behavior (as I point out in this thread).

Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
 

See thread above that @BrandonAmbro is not the only one reporting on Falwell and Liberty.

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Meanwhile, outgoing editor-in-chief of Christianity Today @markgalli worries about the poor example of Christian leadership that Jerry Falwell Jr. represents.

Christianity Today @CTmagazine
 

On Jerry Falwell Jr.'s leadership style https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/november/jerry-falwell-jr-biblical-leadership.html 

The Cautionary Tale of Jerry Falwell Jr.

It’s time to remember the qualifications of biblical leadership.

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.@KSPrior has worked at Liberty University since 1999.

Next fall, she will be joining the faculty at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2019/october/karen-swallow-prior-sebts-southeastern-liberty-university.html 

Longtime Liberty Prof Karen Swallow Prior Leaving for Southeastern

The author and English instructor will become the first research professor and one of the only female faculty members at the Southern Baptist college.

christianitytoday.com
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Karen Swallow Prior @KSPrior
 

That might have taken another 21 years, though! At least! 😂

Seriously, thank you. I will miss @LibertyU so very much. It will always be in my heart and blood. https://twitter.com/jerryfalwelljr/status/1187532285123452928 

Jerry Falwell @JerryFalwellJr
 

You will be greatly missed, Karen. I was hoping you’d stay until I converted you into a Trump supporter! Oh well. You always made LU proud by pouring your life into your students. Thank you for that. https://twitter.com/KSPrior/status/1187466384911065090 

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A thread by Andy Rowell

The lying, deception, financial mismanagement, inappropriate sexual comments, self-enrichment, nepotism, secrecy, vanity, and intimidation of Jerry Falwell Jr. indicate incompetent and immoral and unchristian leadership.

Brandon Ambrosino @BrandonAmbro

That said, I'm already working on the next one — about the same people! If you have any tips/info/rumors about the Falwell family or Liberty University, feel free to contact me. My DM's are always open! I respect my sources and assure their anonymity when they request it. /15

Brandon Ambrosino @BrandonAmbro
 

Without further ado (/16): https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/09/09/jerry-falwell-liberty-university-loans-227914 

‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence

More than two dozen current and former Liberty University officials describe a culture of fear and self-dealing at the largest Christian college in the world.

politico.com
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Past coverage of Falwell and Liberty:
ProPublica @propublica
 

How Jerry Falwell Jr. transformed Liberty University, one of the religious right's most powerful institutions, into a wildly lucrative online empire.https://propub.li/2H3K8a5 

Billion-Dollar Blessings — ProPublica

How Jerry Falwell Jr. transformed Liberty University, one of the religious right's most powerful institutions, into a wildly lucrative online empire.

propublica.org
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Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
 

"Instructors are instead hired on year-to-year contracts; during the spring semester, they find out whether they will be coming back the next fall."

Inside Liberty University’s ‘culture of fear’
Young, Will E. The Washington Post (Online), Jul 24, 2019. https://twitter.com/dianabutlerbass/status/1154363081478344710 

Diana Butler Bass @dianabutlerbass
 

Read this:
Inside Liberty University’s ‘culture of fear’: How Jerry Falwell Jr. silences students and professors who reject his pro-Trump politics. - The Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/07/24/inside-liberty-universitys-culture-fear-how-jerry-falwell-jr-silences-students-professors-who-reject-his-pro-trump-politics/ 

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Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
 

"In 2015, Liberty received $347 million from federal loan programs ... Arizona State, the nation’s largest public university, $169 million."

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Andy Rowell@AndyRowell

The question for Jerry Falwell Jr. is how these photos came into the possession of someone else. If they were hacked or stolen, that is terrible. Was he blackmailed? Did he contact law enforcement? Is there any connection to the Granda pool boy and / or the Fernandez lawsuit?

Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
 

The innocent scenario is (a) investing in Granda, the pool boy, because they befriended him and were trying to help him, (b) Fernandez was jealous of not being included in the venture, (c) the photos were stolen, and (d) Michael Cohen tried to help the Falwell's quash photos.

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Inside Higher Ed @insidehighered
 

Liberty University sold lists of student email addresses to campaign of Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia https://ihenow.com/2PF306L 

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Inside Higher Ed @insidehighered
 

Liberty University cuts divinity faculty after steadily losing students in recent years https://ihenow.com/2XSD48H 

Liberty University cuts divinity faculty

Divinity is chopping faculty slots and has lost students steadily in recent years at evangelical university, which has long said religion is central to its programs.

insidehighered.com
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Seth Browarnik@worldREDEYE
 

Statement in response to yesterday's @politico story on Jerry Falwell Jr. that included our photographs. Additional photographs of Mr. Falwell and his son are posted here: https://worldredeye.com/2019/09/rebuke-jerry-falwell-jr-s-comment-politicos-someones-gotta-tell-freakin-truth-jerry-falwells-aides-break-silence-article/ 

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John Fea
 
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Look out: Falwell has hired the "meanest lawyer in New York." Meanwhile a cyber-security expert says Falwell's claim of a criminal conspiracy against him is "insane": thewayofimprovement.com/2019/09/11/fal #falwelljr #falwell #libertyuniversity #meannewyorklawyers
Falwell Seeks to Crush an “Attempted Coup” to Remove Him From Power at Liberty University
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John Fea rightly places Jerry Falwell Jr. in historical context as an independent anti-intellectual, fundamentalist, not as a cooperative-with-other-Christians Billy-Graham-evangelical.
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