Resolution wrong way to fight against bias

April 5, 2006

I read with dismay the news that the SGA Senate has passed a resolution that attempts to assert SGA control over The Crimson White. This is a clear violation of freedom of the press. This resolution should be rescinded immediately.



I agree fully with the sentiment that The CW is grossly biased toward the left, but this resolution is the wrong way to fight back against that bias.



The right way to fight back against the bias of Chris Otts and his cohorts is to write your own conservative opinion pieces. I have done just that consistently for the last three years or so. And I have written what can easily be called "politically incorrect" (i.e. conservative) pieces on issues such as the Confederate flag, slavery reparations and the Faculty Senate’s so-called "hate speech" resolution of 2004.



I can say this in defense of The CW: They have never refused to print anything that I have submitted to them.



Usually, it is the conservatives who are the ones who are censored. An example from another part of the country might help you see why such attempts at censorship are wrong.



The University of Michigan’s student paper, The Michigan Daily, was recently attacked for printing several political cartoons that criticized affirmative action. Donn M. Fresard, a committed liberal, wrote a brilliant March 8 Daily article in defense of freedom of expression called "What are we missing? Why you should want to be offended."



Fresard reports "a committee of the University’s faculty senate even argued that it was potentially illegal – that the caricature of ‘an institutional policy favoring diversity’ could, by encouraging a ‘racially hostile learning environment,’ violate federal equal-protection laws." In other words, the faculty senate of Michigan was trying to censor conservative opinions at the university.



Of course, the notion that the exercise of free speech could be considered a federal crime is patently absurd. The issue here is that the attempt to regulate the press or the expression of opinions by individual students is wrong. And it is wrong whether liberals do it or conservatives do it.



If you have not already, you should read Fresard’s article. Similar accounts of attacks on individual rights can be found on the Web site of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.



I ask my fellow conservatives and libertarians this question: Do we want the left-liberal nuts on this campus to try to regulate us? I don’t. And we should not try to regulate them either.



Therefore, fight back against the bias by writing your own articles to The CW – not absurd resolutions like the one passed last Thursday.

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