School Newspaper Rejects Conservative Student’s Op-Ed That Opposes Defunding of Police
“According to emails provided to Young America’s Foundation, the editorial leadership objected to the opinion rather than its quality.”
This happened at UW-Madison. The left’s narrative must not be challenged. This student should consider starting a new school paper.
The College Fix reports:
School newspaper rejects conservative student’s pro-police op-ed
Editors of the main student newspaper at the University of Wisconsin-Madison rejected a conservative student’s opinion editorial criticizing the “Defund The Police” movement, citing the potential for “backlash” among the study body.
Tripp Grebe, a conservative columnist for the Badger-Herald, received an email from the paper’s opinion editor Samira Bhushan at the beginning of the fall term rejecting a piece he had submitted for publication. Grebe had previously contributed to the publication on numerous occasions. In his piece, Grebe criticized the left-wing movements to defund and abolish the police.
In explaining the op-ed’s rejection, the editorial staff cited no issue with its factual basis or sourcing.
According to emails provided to Young America’s Foundation, the editorial leadership objected to the opinion rather than its quality. Grebe was told, “while your article was well-written, it is too much of a hot take right now and upper-management is worried about alienating incoming freshman students from The Herald.”
In addition to the possibility that Grebe’s op-ed might invite controversy, the Badger-Herald’s leadership was hesitant to publish because it believed the stance contradicted its own on the subject. The paper had been conciliatory, and even apologetic about its coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been a driving force behind the “Defund the Police” effort.
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“This student should consider starting a new school paper.”
The Badger Herald began its life in the late 1960s or early 1970s as an independent conservative student paper. The official paper, the Daily Cardinal, was run by leftists, and numbered two of the Sterling Hall bombers (Leo Burt and David Sylvan Fine) among its members.