Tuesday, February 23, 2010

freedom to publish.

Should newspapers be held accountable for the opinions of their writers?

Case: A student submitted an opinion piece about Black History Month. The article can be read here: http://www.newuniversity.org/2010/02/opinion/black-history-month/

The backlash from it is evident in the comments.

My question, though, is it the fault of the New University to have published it? The way I see it is that I think the author is just misinformed and sheltered. She needs to broaden her worldview. It’s a shame that her intelligence is being insulted though, because I feel that she is not “dumb” or trying to be purposefully rude. She just doesn’t know any better. Not that it gives her a free pass though…

I don’t feel the New U should be held accountable for publishing one person’s opinion - albeit, a very uninformed opinion. Sadly, it is an opinion that is still shared throughout the country. The New U’s job is not to cater to one audience, it is to incorporate the many voices of this campus. This author’s opinion is one that is recognized on this campus as legitimate. I’m not saying it’s correct or that I agree with it, because I don’t, but this is just simply my defense of the newspaper.

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