“the ad’s pro-nationalist message does not align with the values of our paper”
The event features National Review editor Rich Lowry. The paper was apparently triggered by the word “nationalism” in the title.
Campus Reform reports:
NYU student paper yanks ad promoting College Republicans event
The editor-in-chief of a New York University student newspaper decided at the last minute not to publish a full-page advertisement promoting a conservative event on campus.
NYU’s College Republicans and American Enterprise Institute Executive Council hosted the event, featuring a speech by Rich Lowry, editor-in-chief of The National Review, regarding his new book.
Sakshi Venkatraman, editor-in-chief of The Washington Square News, wrote in a letter that she decided to pull the advertisement from running in print at the last minute, explaining that “the ad’s pro-nationalist message does not align with the values of our paper.”
“The word ‘nationalism,’ as it exists in today’s political lexicon, connotes xenophobia and white supremacy, and printing it in large letters on the back of our paper would have marginalized people of color on our campus and our staff,” Venkatraman contends. “I prioritized the sensibilities and trust of our audience over the ad revenue, and I stand by my decision.”
Lowry posted a response on Twitter, terming Venkatraman’s sentiment a “poisonous and lazy misunderstanding” of nationalism and positioning misunderstanding of the concept as why he wrote the book The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free.
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