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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:12 PM

Ole Miss journalism students defend reports on protest

Source: WLOX news

"I as a student of Ole Miss was upset and distraught of how we acted, but as a journalist I felt the need to report on that," said Pirani.

And now as the campus is reacting to national headlines, some have been criticized by fellow students and staff. But with all of the rumors flying around social media, these two stand behind their decisions, because without pictures, what happened on election night may never have come to light.

"This was also in a way to defend Ole Miss in the coverage we did because we had to show what happened," said Monteith.

"Journalism is about getting out the truth to the best of our knowledge and I believe that that's what we did," Pirani added.

Read more: http://www.wlox.com/story/20047879/ole-miss-journalism-students-stand-by-reporting-protests



Journalism students defend their original reporting of riots at Ole Miss after the election.

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Reply Ole Miss journalism students defend reports on protest (Original post)
HeeBGBz Nov 2012 OP
loudsue Nov 2012 #1
nolabear Nov 2012 #5
loudsue Nov 2012 #12
nolabear Nov 2012 #15
loudsue Nov 2012 #17
otohara Nov 2012 #2
Cryptoad Nov 2012 #3
nolabear Nov 2012 #4
L0oniX Nov 2012 #6
Andy Stanton Nov 2012 #7
loudsue Nov 2012 #8
bvar22 Nov 2012 #10
SemperEadem Nov 2012 #13
bvar22 Nov 2012 #14
bvar22 Nov 2012 #9
SansACause Nov 2012 #11
Sgent Nov 2012 #16

Response to HeeBGBz (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:22 PM

1. They shouldn't have to defend telling the truth.

What in the hell should the "free press" be doing?

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Response to loudsue (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:51 PM

5. Look up "House Organ". Sad, but true.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #5)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:35 PM

12. I looked it up, Nolabear, and there are a ton of links.

Which one are you referring to?

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Response to loudsue (Reply #12)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 01:35 PM

15. Oh, sorry! I forget sometimes.

A "house organ" is a publication that is printed for the benefit and under the rules of the organization. It's more like a newsletter than a newspaper.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #15)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:42 PM

17. Thanks!

Makes sense now.

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Response to HeeBGBz (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:28 PM

2. My Kid's Band Played The Next Night

and when I spoke to him on the phone yesterday, he said...it was blown out of proportion, it was one guy burning a poster.
I said, I don't think so...the Chancellor of the school thought it was serious enough to put out a letter of apology.

Thanks for posting, I'm forwarding to my son.

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Response to HeeBGBz (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:31 PM

3. huh?

"getting out the Truth" when did that come back in vogue .........?

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Response to HeeBGBz (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:50 PM

4. I was once fired as editor of a MS high school paper for reporting student "hijinks".

In my case it really was hijinks, kids being rowdy on a band trip but doing no harm. And they were bragging about it in a quote they wanted me to include. Sadly, they shot the messenger. Ah, the 70s, which in many ways in Mississippi it still is.

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Response to HeeBGBz (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 12:51 PM

6. Message to OLe Miss ...you got caught ...now change your racist culture.

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 01:44 PM

7. Racist whites are on their way out

I'm sure Ole Miss has plenty of students who are non-white and from other countries. Further, the percentage of these students is growing quickly. There are probably a few liberal white students who attend Ole Miss as well. Racist white students are a dying breed (and good riddance).

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Response to Andy Stanton (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:03 PM

8. I wish they were a dying breed. Unfortunately here in the South (North Carolina)

in rural areas, especially, parents teach their kids to hate (liberals, "n" word, and various names for hispanics and asians, and above all MUSLIMS!!). There is a whole army of skin headed, gun toting, racists in the south.

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Response to loudsue (Reply #8)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:18 PM

10. Armed, Skinheaded Armies?

You must be thinking of Idaho.

Ignorance, Fundamentalism, and Poverty IS still a problem in The South (and everywhere else too),
but it IS declining, especially among The Youth.

They watch Sat TV, and are "connected" through their SmartPhones and Computers,
even (or especially) out in the rural areas.
This has diluted the almost complete control that their Parents and Preachers enjoyed in the past.

My Wife & I moved from a Big Blue Northern City to a very rural area of West Arkansas in 2005,
and are very encouraged by the open-mindedness of young people we meet here.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #10)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 03:44 PM

13. that might be so

but if all they're doing is sucking up everything stormfront and other hate-speech websites spew out, they might as well be still listening to their grandpappy's irrational rants.

it might have just been 20 students out of +18k, but the news wasn't about those other +18k bringing that gang of 20 to heel.

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Response to SemperEadem (Reply #13)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:29 PM

14. They're smart enough not to fuck with those idiots,

...which is exactly what I would advise them or you to do under the same circumstances.
Let them self-destruct on their own,
or report them to the proper authorities.

I would LOVE to see YOU "bring(ing) that gang of 20 to heel."

The times they are a changin.
I KNOW....

...because we're HERE helping it to change.
---bvar22 & Starkraven

The South is BEAUTIFUL, and belongs to us all.
It is stupid to just give it away.
Drop in for Greenbeans & Cornbread the next time you're in the neighborhood.
You might open your mind.

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Response to Andy Stanton (Reply #7)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:07 PM

9. I watched an Ole Miss football home game on TV last week.

It has been years since I have watched Ole Miss on TV,
but I noticed an absence of Rebel flags in the stadium, at least on the TV views.
I guess that is a step in the right direction.

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Response to L0oniX (Reply #6)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 02:20 PM

11. 20 students out of 18,793 did this

While nobody would argue that there are no racists at Ole Miss, they are not anywhere close to being a majority of the students. The elected Associated Student Body President at Ole Miss is a black woman. The elected Homecoming Queen this year was black. Heck, even Miss University, the university's delegate to the Miss Mississippi Pageant (and possibly Miss America) is black.

There is no "racist culture" at Ole Miss, but like everywhere else, there are racists. It's just unfortunate that the whole student body gets tarred with the same brush as the handful of drunk frat boys who were responsible for this incident.

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Response to HeeBGBz (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 05:42 PM

16. My problem is with the word 'riot'

which usually indicates things like property damage, violence, and other significant injuries -- none of which happened.

There were 4 arrests total, all for disturbing the peace type reasons. There was one Obama sign burned, and no one was hurt or other property damage done.

It was a protest -- which included racist elements -- and the reporting of that was certainly reasonable and "news". But to report it as a riot, given the long history of the university in regards to riots, was extreme and inflammatory.

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