After criticism from multiple media outlets for welcoming more than 1,000 students back on campus following spring break, Liberty University has finished its semester without a single new case of the virus.
The school's president, Jerry Falwell, Jr., was effusive in his praise for students and staff at the Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia.
"We finished this year strong — maybe even stronger than ever before because of the hard work of our administration, faculty, staff, and students who pushed through the challenges that this pandemic caused and never quit safely serving our students," Falwell said.
Calling Liberty a "model" for other colleges and universities to follow as they look towards the upcoming academic year, Falwell noted that the same media that ran nearly 800 stories criticizing his school's decision to allow students back on campus this spring has fallen silent in the absence of the anticipated outbreak.
"It shows how one-sided the American media has become, that they sound the alarm on the false narrative that there are COVID-19 cases at Liberty, and then when they find out that there were none, total silence," Falwell said.
Falwell signaled he is considering a lawsuit against both the New York Times and ProPublica for what he views as their false and unfair coverage.
Like several other universities, Liberty is planning to welcome its student body back to campus for the fall semester.