An editor for Liberty University's student-run newspaper says that the school's president Jerry Falwell Jr. censored a column of his that was critical of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy Hannity after Jan. 6 texted McEnany 'no more stolen election talk' in five-point plan for Trump MORE.
"Yesterday I was told [Falwell] was not allowing me to express my personal opinion in an article I wrote for my weekly column in the Liberty Champion about Trump and his 'locker room talk,'" Joel Schmieg, the sports editor of the Liberty Champion, wrote in a Facebook post.
He told The Hill that he did not hear “directly from the school” about the matter and noted, “It is technically within their right to pull the article."
But [Falwell] "did tweet about the subject and called it a matter of space. Which is a blatant lie. My column runs every week in the same spot. By cutting my column, I was then forced to fill space," he told The Hill.
"The two letters were redundant and space was limited so an editorial decision was made to go with the other letter written by a medical student," Falwell said.
"The letter that the medical student wrote was also preferred because it was not a staff member, but rather an independent reader."
Schmieg noted in his Facebook post that Falwell recently praised Liberty University for promoting "the free expression of ideas unlike many major universities where political correctness prevents conservative students from speaking out."
"I find these words from Jerry amusing and extremely hypocritical," he wrote.
Schmieg proceeded to publish his column on Facebook, in which he attacked the notion of "locker room talk," stating that male athletes never premeditate sexual assault in locker rooms.