Northwestern U. Student Newspaper Apologizes for Reporting on Jeff Sessions Lecture

From Breitbart News:  The editors of the Northwestern University student newspaper issued a long-winded apology this week for simply covering an on-campus speech by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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The student editors of the Daily Northwestern published a 700-word apology on Sunday over their coverage of a campus lecture featuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The editors claimed that their reporting on the event “harmed many students” that had protested the Sessions event and were subsequently featured in photos that accompanied the report. They claimed that their primary responsibility is to make sure that Northwestern “students feel safe.”

One area of our reporting that harmed many students was our photo coverage of the event. Some protesters found photos posted to reporters’ Twitter accounts retraumatizing and invasive. Those photos have since been taken down. On one hand, as the paper of record for Northwestern, we want to ensure students, administrators and alumni understand the gravity of the events that took place Tuesday night. However, we decided to prioritize the trust and safety of students who were photographed. We feel that covering traumatic events requires a different response than many other stories. While our goal is to document history and spread information, nothing is more important than ensuring that our fellow students feel safe — and in situations like this, that they are benefitting from our coverage rather than being actively harmed by it. We failed to do that last week, and we could not be more sorry.

Commenters were quick to criticize the students over the apology. One commenter, who claimed to be an alumnus of Northwestern, wrote that he was “ashamed” of the newspaper’s decision to apologize for simply reporting on the Sessions event.

“What are they teaching at Medill these days?” the commenter said. “This is not journalism you are practicing it is a travesty. As an alum I am ashamed of NU based on this response by the Daily.” Read the rest HERE.

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1 Response to Northwestern U. Student Newspaper Apologizes for Reporting on Jeff Sessions Lecture

  1. Joe Z says:

    As I said several years ago AP no longer stands for Associated Press, it now stands for American Pravda. Those Northwestern worms will be future media stars, comrades.

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