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And welcome back let's bring our political panel right now always lots of politics to talk about and I want to bring in Julie Rogen former communications director for governor Jon Corzine and New Jersey.
A Fox News contributor and Jim Pinkerton contributing editor and writer writer for the American conservative magazine also.
A Fox News contributor and you know I want to get into there was a study now done by the University of California at San Francisco.
The conclusion of this study ultimately.
-- links to Tea Party to a big tobacco saying that the Tea Party got its origins in big tobacco.
And I want to ask you -- don't start when you Jim.
First I want to get into the fact that tax dollars were used for this study do you have a problem with the fact that tax dollars were used to further someone's.
California at San Cisco has all the archives.
Of the tobacco lawsuits out of this happen -- up there for for some reason.
But still I would think -- at a time of deficits and economic crisis and unemployment.
They can either give that money back the taxpayers or find some better news for.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Well I think you know it's when we start telling people how to research something what's your research that that's really temperature of academic freedom so they can study what they want setting it grants to do maverick pick up finding -- -- -- has decided to do it.
-- care if they're telling public universities with the Canon cannot -- -- especially as you point out.
They have the archives.
There's an actual people had to do this kind of research and I'm very uncomfortable about into the Tea Party but they are researching may feel you -- Not a fan views -- -- Essentially did not start telling people.
What an action team is setting you're not -- against all sorts of passionate academic freedom and that it's really comfortable that they don't make anybody whose libertarian a couple of.
Well that's a good point but when you start talking about the the Tea Party study that's all done with with private money private sector money.
This is public money can't you put some kind of regulations and what have.
Well I think again it's public money only because university severed Cisco as a public university and again if you're telling you know the great University of California system which which has Berkeley and -- -- Academic and -- part of -- of missions including -- John Q school with former Bush Administration.
Officials a prominent person working at Berkeley you know -- to start telling those people what they can I cannot study.
That becomes a huge -- an academic freedom our man -- really would be opposed to nothing again nothing to do with whether they're sitting at Tea Party or anybody else I just have a hard time.
Telling academics what they -- accounts -- My fair point the conclusions Jim do you find the conclusions are accurate.
I guess I -- you know.
Look at it money.
Changes hands and people get things it's on it's it's not a big deal I mean look if somebody imported view it equivalent investigation -- -- -- find all three of us.
Had to have connections the tobacco -- didn't know about you know through -- layer of my mother was a smoker you know whatever it is a meat that you can.
They get enough professors and have computers -- our databases you can put anything together you want to make it look like -- like some sort of been in in in cultivation.
I don't think it's a big deal but I think it's -- revealing deals -- I -- say I tend to agree with -- that they have an academic freedom right to do this and I wouldn't wanna get in the habit of you -- me here in the California legislature.
Not they Peterson doing that of restricting them I -- just have to say look folks you wonder what the academic life -- like here's a snapshot.
-- Julie as far as -- conclusions that were reached my question is so -- They're on the private sector they can do what they can do they they do what they do they can get together they can try to influence politics.
And that's the idea of the citizens influence of politicians not politicians influencing the citizen's right.
Hey I mean look at Tea Party just funded commercially came out yesterday that had a panda performing all sorts of weird sexual acts and a killer of women wearing a Hillary Clinton -- of -- -- -- -- -- -- -- party.
How they can spend their money -- -- -- it for us to tell anybody else -- spend their money I -- -- you know.
I haven't read the report I don't know what their research methodology was and certainly not comfortable commenting on the -- -- didn't -- -- the methodology used was that I have not an academic not for me to say but.
Again this goes to me this goes back to.
And really not for us or not for me please tell people that if you know what he answered for our research that there may be some sort of purpose of -- that that I that we -- yet it's again.
I think that that the but the fact that they.
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