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Colo. State student paper

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by cougargirl, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. cougargirl

    cougargirl Active Member

    I'm surprised not to have seen a thread on this yet, but The Collegian, the student newspaper at Colorado State, and its editor seem to be in some hot water for an anti-Bush editorial published in a recent edition.

    The editor of CSU's Rocky Mountain Collegian newspaper said he's prepared to fight for his job this week in the face of criticism for an editorial published Friday that featured a prominent profanity.

    J. David McSwain, a Colorado State University junior, said he has no plans to step aside.

    "I think that'd be an insult to the staff who supported the editorial," McSwane said Sunday.

    The Collegian editorial page ran a four-word editorial in large type that said, "Taser this. F-- Bush," with the profanity spelled out.

    The Board of Student Communication, which oversees the Collegian and other student media at Colorado State University, will meet Tuesday night to discuss the editorial and its fallout.

    McSwane said he expects to face an effort to oust him.


    http://www.coloradoan.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070924/NEWS01/709240341/1002
     
  2. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    Look, I'm all for free speech. I wouldn't be in this business otherwise. But I'm continually amazed (and maybe I shouldn't be) at the number of people who are seemingly unable to express an opinion without using obscenities.
    Obviously, he doesn't like Bush, but this just seems like he was using shock value to make news (seriously, did he not think there would be any fallout?), rather than taking the time to craft something with a little more editorial merit.
     
  3. steveu

    steveu Well-Known Member

    It's simple. He knew saying F--- Bush would get him headlines in papers. He also saw it would get a whole lot of grief for the paper.
     
  4. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    The marketplace will solve this.

    The school paper has lost something like $30K in advertising, while the editor will no doubt find himself the object of a bidding war between Vanity Fair and Huffingtonpost.com.
     
  5. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    It's concise, I'll give it that.

    Pretty stupid. Out you go, Mr. Editor
     
  6. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    It seems like today's kids have no issues with using that word in everyday language. (I've used it aplenty in the past, but I've also been working on cutting down on my use of it.) It's not surprising that more and more people are trying to drop the F-bomb in editorials, headlines, etc.
     
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Another buffoon.

    Does anyone know what freedom of speech actually means? It means the federal government can't make a law infringing free speech.

    The Colorado State student newspaper can and should give this idiot a giant FUCK YOU right back and kick his ass to the curb, especially in light of this:

     
  8. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Why consult the advisers and get their adult opinion on things?

    Whenever we had issues at our paper, we always went to our editorial adviser, who was good at dishing out solid advice.
     
  9. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    The brilliance in Fort Collins never ceases to amaze me. ::)
     
  10. Walter_Sobchak

    Walter_Sobchak Active Member



    Apparently the Coloradoan sucks at journalism too. Or at least spelling correctly the name of the main guy in the story.
     
  11. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    People who use the initial for the first name always irk me, too.
     
  12. ColbertNation

    ColbertNation Member

    I think it's OK if they put Esq. at the end.
     
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