One year after speaking at Harvard, Novak said Harvard and Berkeley host only "left-wing speakers"
CNN host Robert Novak claimed on Crossfire that "[t]hey only have left-wing speakers on campuses like Berkeley and Harvard." In fact, conservatives have spoken at both universities, including Novak's own speech  (video ) at Harvard University's Institute of Politics on April 8, 2004.
In addition to Novak, other notable conservatives have spoken at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley. They include:
- Former executive director of the Christian Coalition and Southeast regional chairman for the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign Ralph Reed  (Harvard, 3/23/05)
- Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith  (Harvard, 3/3/05)
- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia  (Harvard, 9/28/04)
- Former U.S. Education Secretary Rod Paige  (Harvard, 4/22/04)
- Bush-Cheney '04 campaign manager Ken Mehlman  (Harvard, 4/13/04)
- Former Club for Growth president Stephen Moore  (Harvard, 3/11/04)
- Students for Academic Freedom president David Horowitz  (UC Berkeley, 2/3/05)
- Former U.S. Senate candidate Bill Jones  (UC Berkeley, 10/6/04)
- Weekly Standard editor William Kristol  (UC Berkeley, 10/4/04)
- Conservative columnist and author Michelle Malkin  (UC Berkeley, 9/7/04)
From the April 7 edition of CNN's Crossfire:
PAUL BEGALA (co-host): Well, all right, just to support Bob, I'll get off of President Bush for a moment and get on to an unusual target.
Arkansas State University Mountain Home advertises itself as a school where students can develop what are called -- quote -- "critical thinking skills" -- unquote. So, why are they censoring a speaker? David Corn of The Nation is one of the most brilliant and progressive journalists of our time. He's also a fine speaker, as Fox News recognized when they hired him as an analyst.
When Mr. Corn was asked to speak at Arkansas State University Mountain Home -- at a greatly reduced fee, I might add -- he agreed. And then some weasel named Mick Spaulding, the vice chancellor for development, disinvited Mr. Corn. David was told he was dumped because his website, www.DavidCorn.com , advertised T-shirts with slogans like: "Don't blame me. I voted for Kerry."
Pretty tame stuff compared to Dick "Potty Mouth" Cheney, but apparently enough to get booted from Arkansas State University Mountain Home. You know, it's a school that doesn't get mentioned on CNN very often. And it's too bad the only time it does is to expose its censorship and close-mindedness. Incidentally, Mr. Spaulding's email is MSpaulding@asumh.edu , MSpaulding@ -- well, you got it on the screen. Whatever.
NOVAK: I would recommend to Mr. Spaulding that he reinvite Mr. Corn. I think everybody should --
BEGALA: Good for you.
NOVAK: These students should hear all points of view. But that --
NOVAK: The real problem with the universities, Paul, is that they don't invite conservatives. They have only left-wing speakers on campuses like Berkeley and Harvard. They don't let people like me tell them what the truth is about America.
BEGALA: Well, they should have you. They should.