State of the Debate

Editorial page second thoughts, from here to St. Louis and back again ...

First Published      Last Updated Jun 19 2014 04:15 pm

The other day, we at The Salt Lake Tribune Opinion section felt we owed our readers a more detailed explanation about the true nature of the author of one of last Sunday's op-eds.

Bean-counting bureaucrats' at BLM are locking up Utah's future — Anastasia Swearingen | For The Salt Lake Tribune

"Editor's note: This commentary originally described the author as a senior research analyst for the Environmental Policy Alliance. In fact, Anastasia Swearingen works for the public relations firm Berman and Co., which manages the Environmental Policy Alliance and represents clients in the energy industry."

And my friends at The St. Louis Post-Dispatch this week felt the need to not only apologize for one syndicated column it had recently published, but also to drop that column's well-known author and replace him with another, supposedly more reasonable, writer from the Washington Post stable.

Michael Gerson replaces George Will — Tony Messenger | The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Starting today, Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson replaces George Will on Thursdays and Sundays.

"Mr. Gerson, who grew up in St. Louis and still has family here, is a former speechwriter and top aide to President George W. Bush. (To answer the classic St. Louis question: Westminster Christian Academy).

"Mr. Gerson had served as a speechwriter for Republican presidential candidates Jack Kemp and Bob Dole, and is a former senior editor at the U.S. News & World Report.

"We believe that Mr. Gerson's commitment to 'compassionate conservatism' and his roots in St. Louis will better connect with our readers, regardless of their political bent.

"The change has been under consideration for several months, but a column published June 5, in which Mr. Will suggested that sexual assault victims on college campuses enjoy a privileged status, made the decision easier. The column was offensive and inaccurate; we apologize for publishing it. ..."


St. Louis paper dumps George Will for Michael Gerson — Erik Wemple | The Washington Post

The Salt Lake Tribune did not publish the offending Will column in its print editions. Not because it was 'offensive and inaccurate,' necessarily, but because our print edition allows us room for only a small portion of the syndicated columns we subscribe to.

We did post it online, though, as we do with most of the syndicated columns we receive (and pay for). Judge for yourself:

The victims of progressivism — George F. Will | The Washington Post, June 5, 2014

"Colleges and universities are being educated by Washington and are finding the experience excruciating. They are learning that when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous ('micro-aggressions,' often not discernible to the untutored eye, are everywhere), and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. ...

" ... Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of 'sexual assault' victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today's prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults. ..."


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