Wednesday, October 13, 2004

So what if they're fake address...we'll print them anyways!

The troubles never seem to end for the New York Times. It's bad enough some of their writers can't be trusted, now the letters to the editor are suspect as well:
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A group of high school students in a summer program at Duke University managed to get several letters published in The New York Times - some under false pretenses - at the urging of a professor, an editor for the newspaper said.

The Times generally does not publish letters written for class assignments, but used 17 letters to the editor in a month from students in Mark Duckenfield's international relations course.

Thomas Feyer, letter editor for the newspaper, said students, at the instruction of Duckenfield, wrote the letters about subjects ranging from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to American consumption as if they were submitted from their hometowns instead of Durham.

"They are clearly smart and good writers - they wrote very nice letters - but I want people to be up front," Feyer said. "The professor was urging them to deceive us, and it undermines the credibility of the paper if it's discovered as it was in this case....

..."I think that policy (of not printing letters prompted by school assignments) is an absolute disgrace and a real insult to their newest and most idealistic readers," Duckenfield wrote in an e-mail from the London School of Economics, where he currently works.
No, Professor...what's disgraceful is using your students to push your far-left ideology on the rest of the public by urging them to lie.