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Is PC culture ending college campus journalism?
‘Journalism is about exposing the truth’: Campus Reform reporter on Northwestern University newspaper apology
FOX Business’ David Asman and Kristina Partsinevelos, Capitalist Pig founder Jonathan Hoenig, business consultant John Burnett, FoxNews.com columnist Liz Peek and campusreform.org digital reporter Eduardo Neret discuss the Northwestern University student paper’s apology for covering former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ speech. Neret says journalism has changed drastically because “feelings” sometimes trump “facts.”
Two recent controversies pitting college activists against college journalists show the stifling effects of political correctness policing.
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Harvard's student government voted Sunday to condemn The Harvard Crimson after it reached out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for comment on a protest. Also on Sunday, Northwestern University's student newspaper apologized for following normal journalistic practices in its coverage of a campus protest of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week.
"When young journalists cave to campus activists and exclude particular points of view, they learn that they don't have to speak across cultural and political divides," Les Sillars, professor of journalism at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., told FOX Business. "We end up with media that speak only to factions instead of aspiring to reach the whole society."
"It reduces journalism to the application of power instead of an impartial search for truth, and it contributes to a toxic political and cultural environment," Sillars continued.