Friday, April 23, 2010

The Daily Titan at Cal State U-Fullerton explains why it suppressed CODOH ad

Editorial: Free speech vs. moral obligation

By Daily Titan Editorial Board

Published: April 21, 2010


The Daily Titan staff does not share the opinion presented by Smith, but we felt for a time that if we silenced Smith by removing his ad from our site, we would be hypocrites. As advocates for free speech, we would be silencing someone’s voice simply because we disagreed with what they said. It did not sit right with us to decide for society what it should and should not be exposed to. But in the end, we realized that this is something we do every day, just not to such a complicated and controversial degree. As journalists, we are the gatekeepers of information. We make decisions based on what we believe is important or of interest to the Cal State Fullerton community.

We ultimately decided to remove the ad from our website because we believed we have a responsibility to the sensibilities and sense of decency of our readers. We hold the right to free speech in the highest regard, but we also make a distinction between our legal right to publish this ad and our moral obligation to our readers; that is what lead us to our decision.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

What about the sensitivity of truth seekers readers?
They might be offended by not having offered them a chance to find truth. How is that decent?

brian boru said...

Oh my! what upstanding defenders of freedom these characters are! The power of the jew had nothing whatsoever to do with their decision to hide unwelcome information from the public they claim to serve. They were just concerned with decency and the wish to avoid unnecessary offense. Right!

Gurfinkle said...

This 'free speech' business is about 1000 miles off the point - here is the point - the US is currently attacking/invading Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, and threatening Iran, all at least in part due to the influence of the Israeli lobby in the US. Israel has the world on the brink of WW III, and we cannot discuss the basis of Israel's privileged status in the US. This is not a free speech issue, this is a survival issue. The fact that Israel cannot be criticized in the US is beyond Orwellian.

Larry Fafarman said...

The Daily Titan staff made no claim that the ad incites hatred or violence, is anti-Semitic, those kinds of things. They don't even claim to have any proof that anything you said was factually wrong -- they only said that you questioned "what society has come to accept as fact in reference to the Holocaust." They admitted that they were "silencing someone’s voice simply because we disagreed with what they said" and were "[deciding] for society what it should and should not be exposed to." They said that "this is something we do every day."

They also said, "As journalists, we are the gatekeepers of information." That's OK in regard to the information in their own editorials or op-eds -- it is not OK in regard to information in paid ads.

They said, "we felt for a time that if we silenced Smith by removing his ad from our site, we would be hypocrites." I have news for them -- they are hypocrites.