Thursday, April 07, 2005

Daily Dartmouth Errata

Some observations about today's Daily Dartmouth:

So Which Is It?--Reporter Rebekah Rombom '08 did not question the contradiction between College President James Wright's statement that students can speak freely and his endorsement of the speech code. Wright told the Daily D that Dartmouth has no speech codes: "I'm not aware of anyone [here] that thinks they can't speak freely." (The College has routinely sought to censor The Dartmouth Review.) Wright further said he would not retract his statement that "speech has consequences for which we must account," and he stood by his argument that students lack "'rights' [which] trump the rights, feelings, and considerations of others."

No Credit Where It's Due--The Daily Dartmouth today runs several stories about academic diversity, an important issue the paper has rarely covered in any depth. In one of these articles, about Daniel Klein's lecture on the lack of Republicans on university faculties, reporter Kristen Kelley '06 neglected to mention that The Review sponsored the event.

The Non-Partisan Political Group--
In response to the 2004 presidential election, several students spearheaded the creation of Dartmouth For Democracy, a self-described non-partisan group designed to train students interested in gaining necessary skills to run grassroots campaigns. ... Dartmouth for Democracy is a local chapter of Howard Dean's Democracy for America, an organization he started following his unsuccessful presidential primary campaign.
Self-Evident--Jennifer Garfinkel '08 notes something important about Dartmouth, in an otherwise unclear sentence about the Deaniacs: "Dartmouth College is among the first institutions in the country, and is the first school in the Ivy League to start a chapter."

Coincidence?--Kapil Kale '07 wrote an op-ed on academic diversity which closely resembles former Enron adviser Paul Krugman's self-righteous column in Tuesday's New York Times, as Joe Malchow '08 notes.

There Are Probably Legal Problems Too--Mat Brown '05 complains that a recent article in the Daily D did not "give a concrete explanation of the 'political' problems faced by sexual assault advocates."

Is 'Drill' Something You Can Teach to Italians?--The newspaper's floater photo features this convoluted caption: "Sarah Overton '07 teaches drill to Italian students outside Dartmouth Hall Wednesday as Hanover enjoys warm weather."


TO said...

Those last 2 are just piling on. I'm not sure what your point even is about Mat Brown's problem, and anyone who goes to Dartmouth would figure out the context of the caption for the drill photo. The D contains enough fluffy reporting and makes enough bona fide errors that you don't need to invent additional ones to make your point.

On the Kapil Kale column, I draw your attention to this link:

Prof. Brian Leiter (UT Law) seems to think that Krugman stole the column from him. Either it's a decent idea that has caught on, or it's evidence that tends to indicate that there are only one or 2 liberals out there with any original ideas and the rest of them just parrot the talking points.

Anonymous said...

Are any of these actual errata?

Or is this just a list of Nat Ward's "wacky things I would've written in The D yesterday?"