His current teaching includes research methods, introduction to political communication as well as propaganda, media and conflict. The University of Sheffield's Department of Journalism Studies is considered one of the most prestigious in the U.K.
While mass media are certainly entitled to criticize whomever they wish, it is quite rare that they devote an entire article to destroy the reputation of an academic. One can, therefore, assume that the attack on Prof. Robinson's reputation was ordered by higher-ups for reasons that will become evident in this essay.
The introductory paragraph of the article reveals its slanderous intent.
"An academic teaching journalism students at one of the UK's top universities has publicly supported long-discredited conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terror attack, HuffPost UK can reveal."