Friday, March 27, 2009

The Daily Cougar at University of Houston bows down to The Great Taboo

Printing ad was unfortunate mistake, oversight by editors

Staff editorial

Published: Friday, March 27, 2009
Updated: Friday, March 27, 2009

Newspapers have long been considered the guardians of free speech, but they also act as gatekeepers. For instance, when an editor chooses one story over another, the editor uses his or her best discretion to decide which is the most relevant. Also, when a writer investigates a story, he or she uses only the most credible sources to inform. In the end, some opinions and viewpoints go unpublished. Some would call this a violation of free speech, but gatekeeping — or controlling access to information — is an unavoidable reality of journalism.

And at times, there is a place for it.

We at The Daily Cougar deeply regret and apologize for the publication of an advertisement in Wednesday’s edition (Issue 116, Volume 74). The ad, sponsored by the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust, subtly suggests the possibility that the Holocaust did not occur.

The information intimated in this ad is misleading and the argument is flawed. It was not our intention to legitimize this opinion.

This incident was an unfortunate oversight. It was printed accidentally when our advertising manager, who screens out ads of this nature as a rule, fell ill.The ad was calculating, manipulative and specifically designed to target a vulnerable audience and to fly under the radar of proofreaders.

We refuse to recognize this so-called “debate” as such by responding to it, except to say that Holocaust denial is recognized by many, including the editors of The Daily Cougar, as a form of anti-Semitism.

We apologize to anyone who was offended by the ad. We will continue to work hard and be diligent in maintaining the credibility of The Daily Cougar. Our first steps will be to investigate ad revenue policies and return any funds received from this organization.

Let it be clear: this isn’t an issue of free speech. Holocaust deniers often conflate the right to make an argument with the right to be judged for it. We at The Daily Cougar believe that while they have the right to their opinions, they do not have the right to have them validated — even tacitly — in the printing of our newspaper.

5 comments:

Gurfinkle said...

I assume you will respond to the editorial with a letter.

In any case, I did, here's the letter .... let's see how long before my IP address is banned ....

Allan Gurfinkle
Fri Mar 27 2009 15:25

There is no doubt a role for 'gatekeeping' in the press, but applying it to any questioning of holocaust orthodoxy is not the place for it.

The holocaust is now a STATE MANDATED part of education in the US, starting in many states in KINDERGARTEN. Think I'm kidding, see the state mandated Florida manual for teaching the holocaust in kindergarten here ...

google florida holocaust manual k-3

It is easy to show that much of the holocaust story is false and indeed fabricated. For example, you can see photos of the 'gas chamber' shown to visitors at Auschwitz here ....

google comparison gas chamber doors

If, after looking at the photos, you believe that room was a homicidal gas chamber, then, I've got the deed to this really nice looking bridge over the Hudson ........

Gurfinkle said...

There is another, larger, aspect of the holocaust discussion ban. I just read the following in a column by Alexander Cockburn of counterpunch dot com. It reads...

"McCarthyism and Middle Eastern Studies

Viciously strident on some campuses, deviously low-key on others, there’s a McCarthyite campaign in full spate across higher education in the U.S. today. In the sights of the witch-hunters are junior and senior faculty targeted as “anti-Israel”, as terror-symps, as leftists. For every headline case, like Norman Finkelstein or Joseph Mashad or Juan Cole there are three or four less publicized smear campaigns, methodical onslaughts to derail a hiring, head off a tenure appointment, disinvite a speaker, fence off the campus from all dangerous thoughts. The consequence: a climate of fear, of methodical censorship, of cowardice. "

The article continues and can be googled, of course. If it's true, then the prohibition of criticism of Israel that is assumed in our political establishment and media is also becoming a part of academia. The holocaust discussion ban is part of this McCarthyism.

apollonian said...

[Well, below-copied is my own submission to Daily Cougar, now posted. A.]

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"The information intimated in this ad is misleading and the argument is flawed. It was not our intention to legitimize this opinion. " -Staff Editorial, Daily Cougar

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Present Daily Cougar Is Affront To Truth And Basic American, Christian Values
(Apollonian, 28 Mar 09)

As a Texan, I'm disgusted with "editorial staff" of Daily Cougar which un-questionably takes money derived fm tax-payer dollars, and hence owes respect for the people--most of whom ARE NOT JEWS. The holohoax is lies and fraud designed to SLANDER a magnificent people, the Germans--and it doesn't occur to u pea-brains such slander needs to be examined for truth-value?

So holohoax asserts Germans are murderers--and u at Daily Cougar don't think it's worth investigation or even comment?--U PEOPLE ARE INCOMPETENT and a disgrace. U at Daily Cougar further are determined to suppress opinion upon this scandal of holohoax slander?--u are enemies of truth and people of USA who are Christians.

Let me just remind u Jews are LUCKY they're allowed to even be here in USA, a country made by white Christians. Did u geniuses at Daily Cougar observe the Jew Israelis mass-murdering the poor Palestinians in Gaza just a couple months ago? Holohoax then is the lies Jews use to rationalize their murdering Palestinians and prospective up-coming nuclear attack on Iran. Holohoax is part of the justification for USA presently murdering Iraqis--over a million now since 2003, I understand.

So I conclude students are miserably served by ignorant flunkies at Daily Cougar who have no respect for truth or Christian people of USA who are so pathetically dis-respected and used by Jews, neo-cons, and "dual-loyalist" Israel firsters who have infiltrated present US government. U "editorial staff" people at Daily Cougar should all be fired immediately.

Anonymous said...

You closed the gate to legitmate debate on the Holocaust. What are you so afraid of? Is it possible that the story is untrue, and that it has been used to extort the wealth of guilt-ridden Germans?

You have shut down any debate on this subject, so I suppose we'll never know the truth.

Larry Fafarman said...

The Daily Cougar said,
Holocaust deniers often conflate the right to make an argument with the right to be judged for it.

I don't even understand what they are trying to say here -- there is no such thing as a "right to be judged for [an argument]."

The Daily Cougar believe that while they have the right to their opinions, they do not have the right to have them validated — even tacitly — in the printing of our newspaper.

Why do they think that people assume that publication of an ad in the Daily Cougar tacitly "validates" the opinions in the ad? If this bothers the Daily Cougar staff that much, they could publish a disclaimer denying endorsement of ads that they publish.

Any dogma that depends on censorship to sustain it has no credibility.