March 05, 2006

College newspaper has Muslim "checkers"

An Oregon State University student newspaper article titled "The Islamic Double Standard" led to the inevitable protests, of course, but also something more ... intriguing:

“The pain that it caused ... did not subside with time,” said DD Bixby, the Barometer’s editor-in-chief. “It kind of just festered.”

She said editors have been checking copy with Muslim students, and on Tuesday deleted one paragraph from a piece scheduled to be published the next day.

Bixby said her staffers are “all pretty much Oregon-type kids” who knew little about Islam and didn’t foresee how people would respond to the column.

Maybe The Barometer is on to the next big thing on college campuses -- having different "aggrieved" groups edit "offensive" and "disrespectful" text from student newspapers.

All in the name of "tolerance" and "diversity," of course!

(h/t: LGF.)

Posted by Felix at March 5, 2006 09:19 AM | TrackBack

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Does anyone else find it ironic that the name of the school newspaper is The Barometer? Of course, a barometer is a scientific instrument that measures atmospheric pressure or some other type weather data.

And a barometer can't be fudged or massaged or edited. It's like a thermometer- it simply tells it like it is- it's frigging cold or it's frigging hot or atmospheric pressure is up or down. And no editing required or allowed.

Someone should remind these wimpy college kids what a newspaper is supposed to do....report the facts and let the chips fall where they may.

Posted by: AJ Lynch at March 5, 2006 01:58 PM

The editor has a wonderful career ahead of her in PR. No real journalistic entity worth more than the coupons inside would give her a job. If my editor did that to my copy you can be sure it'd be the last piece from me they'd ever look at.

Posted by: Dickie Dunn at March 5, 2006 09:25 PM