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Monday, April 11, 2005

IS THIS WHAT THEY TEACH IN JOURNALISM SCHOOL? 
Quest to get a Republican to fight DeLay may have crossed a line, Robert Novak

The difference between theory and practice couldn't be more stark than this.

Theory: Newspaper editorial pieces explain the (probably liberal) opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Op-Ed pieces reflect the views of the community and are submitted to the newspaper.

Practice: Most influential newspaper in the country, the New York Times, actively seeks an op-ed writer from the public to lambast current Republican congressional leader Tom DeLay and ask him to resign. The editorial board asks an influential Republican, former Congressman Bob Livingston, to do the job, believing that he would lend credibility to the editorial board's political cause. Livingston refuses, saying that he would actually support DeLay's cause and encourage him to remain in his position. The NYT's editorial board is no longer interested in this particular member of the "public" and abandons the project.

Can you believe this?!
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