The New York Times and the Washington Post ran breathless stories last week about an investigation being launched by the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions into college-admission practices. “The Trump administration,” proclaimed the Times, “is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants,” (emphasis added), citing an internal job posting for the new project that had apparently been leaked to the paper. The Post’s opening line used the same language about policies that “discriminate against white applicants” to describe the initiative.
The articles each mention Asian students only once, in passing. The Times quotes former Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush civil rights official and affirmative-action critic Roger Clegg as stating that “not only are whites discriminated against now, but frequently Asian-Americans are as well.” The Post, in its last line, notes that two pending federal court cases, against Harvard and the University of North Carolina, “allege that race-conscious admissions policies result in discrimination against Asian American applicants.”
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