but I think they may be reacting without all the facts in hand
Quote from: General Zamora on March 30, 2007, 03:55:23 PMbut I think they may be reacting without all the facts in hand Perhaps that is correct; however, a paper should try to get comments from both sides of an issue. The quotes from either side of the issue do not necessarily reflect the views of the paper or the reporters. The paper is just reporting what people involved with the issue are saying. It's up to the reader to determine if one side or the other is overreacting. If they didn't try to get comments from both sides, then I would understand the bias argument.
Quote from: starbucks on March 30, 2007, 03:51:21 PMYou used a quote to suggest that the article "is less than impartial." I merely pointed out that the paper sought comments from Washington and Lee; however, Washington and Lee did not wish to respond. So, the paper went with what it had. I don't think, in those circumstances, that it is proper to accuse the paper of having a partial tone. The only other choice they had was not to print the story. I think they made the responsible choice.You keep telling us what's happened like it's an action play-by-play. It's here in writing; I can see for myself what I and others have typed.With that in mind, you can re-read your post from this morning to see that you didn't "merely" point out that the article sought opinions from both sides. And, to turn the tables, you've offered no assistance in pointing out where in my post I suggested that they not write the article.Irrespective of the views, motivations or methods of the author(s), the article is imbalanced and, by their choices of what quotes to report, they have given the article a tone that does not appear to be impartial. That is all.
You used a quote to suggest that the article "is less than impartial." I merely pointed out that the paper sought comments from Washington and Lee; however, Washington and Lee did not wish to respond. So, the paper went with what it had. I don't think, in those circumstances, that it is proper to accuse the paper of having a partial tone. The only other choice they had was not to print the story. I think they made the responsible choice.
The reason why the administration is refusing to comment at the moment is that we have procedures in place. The accused has an opportunity for a fair hearing and has an opportunity to present his side of the story. It would be irresponsible for the university to start commenting on the incident when there are hearings and trials going on. I believe that we have some sort of trial-type thing going on where university students are randomly chosen and they ultimately render a verdict. It would be unfair for the administration to influence the opinions of potential jurors before they hear all the facts of the case. Most of the campus is already somewhat biased due to all the buzz going on but the administration shouldn't make it any worse by running its mouth. It's called "Due Process"... we sorta use it in the criminal justice system and last i heard they put something like it in the US constitution... if this whole thing sounds alien to you, maybe you should go look it up before deciding to go to law school
ANBUDOM, when I visited last weekend I got the impression that Lexington isn't particularly integrated diversity-wise. There's not so much outright hatred as there is a sort of undercurrent of race or sexual orientation being an issue for a lot of people. I live in Phoenix, which also isn't integrated very well, and I've seen how the resulting undercurrents pull people apart. Being white, straight, and otherwise without much that makes me a target for knuckleheads, I didn't even realize Phoenix was this way until I lived in Sacramento for a year, where they have a very integrated, accepting culture.I can understand that in a small town made up so much of students that rumors of this incident would spread like wildfire, but I'm wondering, do you experience the lack of integration I sensed and do you think that it has a lot to do with the fact that people tend to be a little on edge there about diversity issues? Does it affect you much?