NY Times columnist Paul Krugman, who recently published The Conscience of a Liberal, spoke at Duke University last evening. The school’s student-run newspaper, The Chronicle, gave his talk prominent coverage in today’s paper. (Krugman shares liberal 'Conscience' )
But a few weeks ago when National Journal columnist Stuart Taylor, co-author with KC Johnson of Until Proven Innocent, spoke at Duke The Chronicle imposed a news blackout on Taylor’s appearance.
I posted on the blackout here and here.
I also sent Chronicle editor David Graham two emails. The first included this:
A talk at Duke by a nationally known columnist and editor who’s recently co-authored a widely-acclaimed book detailing the Duke Hoax and its enablement by many at the University is a news event The Chronicle should report to the Duke community.Today I left the following comment on the thread of The Chronicle’s Krugman story:
But The Chronicle failed to tell readers Until Proven Innocent author Stuart Taylor would be speaking in Love Auditorium on Nov. 2 and that the Duke community and the public were invited.
I understand The Chronicle was given nine days notice of Taylor's appearance.
How does The Chronicle justify not informing the student body and others of Taylor’s appearance, especially as he had offered, if any Duke professor cared to, to change his talk format to a debate with the professor?
And why did The Chronicle decide to not report a single word of Taylor's talk and the Q&A which followed? Other media reported on them.
I'd like to do two things:The double standard evident in The Chronicle’s treatment of Krugman’s and Taylor’s appearances is very disturbing and brings into question The Chronicle’s objectivity as a news source.
First, commend reporter Lisa Du and her editor(s) for an informative and well-organized news report of columnist and author Paul Krugman's appearance at Duke.
Second, ask why The Chronicle imposed a news blackout on the recent appearance at Duke of columnist and author Stuart Taylor?
I've twice written Chronicle editor David Graham and asked that question. I offered to post his response in full at my blog. But I never heard back from him.
I hope Graham or a Chronicle news editor will answer the question on this thread.
There are a great many people in the Duke community who look to The Chronicle for fair and balanced news coverage.
John in Carolina