This past week there was a lot of confusion suddenly erupting in social media and in particular many conservative media outlets about hockey pucks being given to students and faculty at Oakland University to "throw at shooters". Descriptions were of students and faculty roaming the hallways like Marines, to attack bad guys with hockey pucks. Unfortunately, many of these media outlets, like Fox News, failed to actually report the true story, which they could have read about some weeks earlier (October 23) in the Oakland Post Online.Students & Faculty @OaklandU started an all university fund drive account to pay for installation of classroom door locks that can be locked from inside class. #RunHideFight This puck can be thrown at an intruder if forced to fight. Can be used as doorstop too for our old doors. pic.twitter.com/6Ume92PwWp— BioKen (@kpmitton) November 21, 2018
(OU professors raise money to improve campus safety)
That is what happens when you re-re-re-report and fail to check the original source yourself or actually try to interview the people involved in getting the pucks. That would be a process called good journalism. Some news organizations did a much better job, even the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) bothered to interview Tom Discenna, the current President of the Oakland University chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Why? Because the hockey pucks were the idea of Tom and our current union executive. (Full disclosure: I am a regular member of the AAUP, our faculty association and a past president of the association.)The shocking secret of the whole affair was the number on the puck, which almost no Fox media outlet ever actually explained, even though they showed a picture of the special puck. Printed in bold large font, they read "#33395 AUFD" What does that mean?