Los Angeles, CA—Journalists Katie Pavlich and Ann McElhinney are turning to crowdfunding site Indiegogo after the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Student Congress slashed funds to bring the duo to campus as speakers.
Pavlich and McElhinney were invited to speak by the UNC College Republicans.
“What we set out to do is promote intellectual diversity,” said Peter McClelland, president of the College Republicans. “We are one of the few groups that promotes [conservative] opinion, and getting every side is what liberal arts is about."
The Congress claims the speakers are "non-intellectual" and have "no value." But their real reason for blocking the speakers is clear.
"It's censorship," said Ann McElhinney, director of three feature-length documentaries, including FrackNation. "They can't stand the thought of conservative opinions on campus. So they're shutting us out. It's reprehensible."
McElhinney and Pavlich are asking the public to send a clear message to UNC Student Congress: Censorship is unacceptable. They're raising funds through Indiegogo to cover the costs of the trip to Chapel Hill.
"We will not stand for UNC's attempts to marginalize those who have a different view of the world than the liberal monopoly of academia," said Katie Pavlich, journalist and New York Times best selling author. "Students deserve a well rounded education, not censorship of speech regarding controversial issues."
The Indiegogo campaign lasts 10 days. McElhinney, who exposed a baby selling ring in Indonesia, and Pavlich, a Fox News contributor, are hoping to bring a day of free speech celebration to the campus.
"'Lux, libertas—light and liberty' are the root principles of UNC," McElhinney said. "The Congress's decision to censor opinions they disagree with casts a dark cloud over their university's foundational ideas."
Katie Pavlich is the news editorfor Townhall.com and a contributing editor to Townhall Magazine. She is the award winning author of the New York Times Best Seller Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up. As a Fox News contributor, Katie has filled in as a guest co-host on the widely popular show The Five. Katie is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Journalism and is a former National Review Washington Fellow. She is a regular speaker on college campuses across the country.
Ann McElhinney is a filmmaker and investigative journalist who has written for a series of newspapers including the UK Sunday Times and the Irish Times. She infiltrated a baby buying ring in Indonesia. As a result, two people are serving lengthy prison sentences for their parts in an illegal adoption. Ann produced and directed three feature-length documentaries with her husband, Phelim McAleer: FrackNation (2012), Not Evil Just Wrong (2009), and Mine Your Own Business (2006). Ann is an accomplished speaker who has given talks on college campuses all over the US.