Former Daily Trojan editor-in-chief Zach Fox — the subject of massive controversy last semester, as you may recall — pens an opinion piece in today’s paper… and this blog gets a shout-out. In fact, a comment by Texasyank is quoted. Excerpt:
After Jackson’s unilateral dismissal of the staff vote came an ego-stroking outpour of anger from former Daily Trojan staffers. Most active was Brendan Loy, a DT alumnus and current graduate student at Notre Dame, who slammed the administration with posts on his blog, brendanloy.com. Among the more than 100 comments posted in response to his posts, it becomes clear that the administration has long influenced the editorial content of the Daily Trojan.
One post from a former staffer said that while the university doesn’t blatantly censor articles, it influences coverage by offering advice “dispensed in a flattering, you-know-dear-you’re-better-than-this sort of way.”
Fox argues forcefully that the Daily Trojan is not, in point of fact, a “student paper,” and that recognition of this simple reality is essential to the newspaper’s integrity. Read the whole thing.