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Lori Price CLG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:57 AM
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Furor over First Amendment: CMU editors assailed over spoof paper
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 11:13 AM by Lori Price CLG
Furor over First Amendment: CMU editors assailed over spoof paper

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Spotlights beat down on the three Tartan newspaper staff members sitting on stage before a crowd of fellow Carnegie Mellon University students. Soon enough, so did the criticism.

The Tartan's April Fools' Day edition, which included a cartoon with a racial slur and graphic poems about raping and mutilating women, was a failed attempt at satire, said Jenny Andrus, a graduate student in English...

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(...Well, it's actually furor over *hate speech,* NOT furor over the 'First Amendment.')
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Lori Price CLG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:04 AM
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1. Here is the previous article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
CMU slur brings apology

Student editor tells angry protesters of disciplinary action

Sunday, April 04, 2004

The editor-in-chief of Carnegie Mellon University's student newspaper, The Tartan, said he will suspend operations tomorrow because of public protests over a racial slur in the newspaper's April Fool's Day edition.

Editor-in-Chief Alex Meseguer couldn't apologize enough yesterday to an angry crowd of CMU students who had gathered to demonstrate against him and his newspaper.

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Meseguer has fired cartoonist Bob Rost, who drew the strip in which a goat uses a racial slur to brag to a mouse that he had hit a black person on a bike. Meseguer said he and Managing Editor Jim Puls, who signed off on that page, are considering resigning. All are white.

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PaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:27 PM
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5. There's more to the story from the Univ of Scranton..
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BigBigBear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:11 PM
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2. This is a sad thing for me
I'm a CMU graduate (1980 H&SS), and I wrote for the Tartan. It was a good, if smallish, college newspaper in those days, very non-controversial as I remember it.

I hope they pull their shit together and get through this.
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Lori Price CLG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:23 PM
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3. Here is another article on the subject:
April Fools' spoofs not suffered lightly

Special editions spur controversy for college newspapers

Carnegie Mellon's paper, The Tartan, voluntarily shut down for the rest of the semester after publishing a racially charged cartoon in its 12-page spoof edition. The cartoonist lost his job, and the editor in chief -- who blamed fatigue for clouding editors' judgment -- is taking a leave of absence until fall...

About 75 readers protested Carnegie-Mellon's The Natrat -- Tartan backward -- which included... poems about rape and mutilation. The school is forming a committee to investigate.

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drfemoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 08:41 PM
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4. kick
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:40 PM
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6. students
At George Washington University did almost the exact same thing..it was on all the local news
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PaDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:06 PM
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7. Seems like an organized effort..
wonder how many others haven't been reported as yet.
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drhilarius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:40 PM
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8. I read the GW edition.
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 11:41 PM by drhilarius
You'd think college students could recognize the difference between satire and patently offensive crap. read The Onion for pointers!
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