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Tuesday, April 30, 2002
Steve Sexton's Wally-wrapup is getting some flack for various reasons.
CalASUC seizes on it as a 'hit piece' against Student Action. Considering Student Action just threatened to bodily drag Sexton out of a room and take remarkably punitive actions against him with OSL, I guess my first reaction would be 'They started it.' But a 'hit piece' involves taking half-truths and outright lies and building a false picture out of them. Sexton charges that:
1. Wally threatened him with arrest and a complaint with OSL
2. Wally refuses to talk to the Daily Cal
3. Josh kept the Daily Cal from covering Lobby Day out of spite
Put together, these seem to me like a defensive and secretive administration that refuses to be accountable. Which is exactly what Sexton prints. Maybe this would look like a 'hit piece' if CalASUC could prove any of the three charges above were lies. So far, her only defense has been 'Wally was kidding' and 'Sexton is biased.'
(Not to mention that her example of bias-- that Sexton charged SA with blocking access to Daily Cal's last year-- actually happened. Sexton didn't make this up to make SA look bad; they did that all on their own.)
CalAnon teases the column for the concluding line pledging to be fair and balanced.
He attacks people on several fronts, then claims that in the coverage of Berkeley news, the Daily Cal will continue to be, in the seemingly grand tradition of Fox News, "fair, balanced, and unafraid." Doubt that'll happen under your tenure, bub.I think Nolo misses the point behind this column. Around this time a year ago the Daily Cal had been cowed over the Horowitz ad. A semester ago it dealt with the Bell cartoon in the Berdahl tradition of nervously calling for calm. In both cases there was a siege mentality, a sense of 'Make this go away,' etc.
Now Sexton has declared that the Daily Cal will be bold, unafraid, and willing to handle touchy, sensitive stories. Despite the ASUC's threat of higher rents, and the threat of having offices occupied, they're willing to pursue tough stories. Screwups like the Sex DeCal story and poor Mr. Leeray are besides the point; this is a column about where the Daily Cal is going, not where it's been. The question to follow now is if it'll live up to that pledge.
FULL DISCLOSURE: I applied to be a Daily Cal columnist, so I'm all biased and stuff. Plus I stole a bunch of free tickets to this IMAX thing from them... Also, I don't like Wally.Email This Post!
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