EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Newspaper, not propaganda rag
An open letter to the dean of arts and the chair of English:
So, you hate us. You don't return our phone calls. Let's ask:
why are so you upset with us?
Recently, The Gazette published a series of stories about
a "controversy" in the film program and the creation of a possible
new film dept.
The claim has been The Gazette's coverage has sensationalized
the film story. Yes, the word "scandal" was used in a headline.
But would you rather we toned down the information we receive
or would it be preferable to relay the information given to
We do not make up news stories out of thin air. We report
what we are told by reliable sources. If the story seems to
sound negative, maybe that's because the news isn't always
about birds singing under the sun or the latest professor to
receive $2 million to study the sexual implications of wheat
Perhaps you're angry because we declined to print your self-packaged
compliments? Just so you are aware, we are not Western News.
We report the news to students, for students - not for the
sake of publishing only the positive spin on happenings at
Could it be you want to downplay the problems encountered
by the film program? The fact is, the story began when word
reached us of the departure of three of film's four full-time
professors. Why does it surprise you that when we quoted you,
we chose to use the quotes that respond to this issue rather
than printing your self-congratulatory comments?
The objective was to investigate the claims alleged by those
professors who had left the film department. If we printed
your baseless statements of praise in juxtaposition with the
accusations made against you, you would have looked far more
In an article published on Oct. 7, an e-mail sent from the
three former film profs to the English department was transcribed
word for word. There was no negative slant on our part, it
was a statement straight from sources integral to the story.
The Gazette did not cause the departure of almost all of the
full-time film professors, you did. You may get a little egg
on your face because we've reported your screw-ups, but we
are a newspaper and we report the facts. If this event has
happened and students need to know about it, it's fair game.
If you don't like us writing about the "scandal," then don't
People are now aware of what is going on. The fact this is
bad for you is not our fault. Would you rather the process
of forming a new department be done in secret?
Do you know what looks even worse? When film stories truly
do become one-sided because administration refuses to comment
or respond to phone calls. Unfortunately for you, when a serious
accusation is met with blanket denials and self-congratulatory
generalizations, you look guilty as sin.