Volume 96, Issue 57
Friday, January 10, 2003

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Gazette is the ultimate hypocrite

Re: "Anti- Semitic? Please define," Dec. 4



To the Editor:

Props to The Gazette for publishing Tom Podsiadlo's letter to the editor, "Anti-Semetic? Please Define." The students of Western hold many coloured opinions, and their views certainly deserve to be heard. However, one can't help but be disgusted by the fact that The Gazette chose to publish Podsiadlo's letter in The Gazette Holiday Edition 2002, the last Gazette publication for the next six weeks.

Podsiadlo's letter had challenged Jewish Students' Union President Paul Rakowski to define anti-Semitism. Unfortunately for Podsiadlo, and the rest of the Western students [had to wait a month for Rakowski's response] thanks to the lack of journalistic integrity of The Gazette editorial board.

The Gazette has repeatedly claimed to provide a venue for the freedom of expression. However, it is the very ideal of freedom of expression that The Gazette tramples on by deliberately publishing Podsiadlo's letter in their last 2002 edition, effectively muting Rakowski's response.

Congrats Gazette – you've just committed the ultimate hypocrisy. Start showing some journalistic integrity, instead of letting your politics dictate who has the right to express themselves freely.

Joe Heller
Huron University College
English I

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