Chapman University student paper declined to cover Bush, but not for reason you might think

Oct 21, 2019 by

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Chapman University student paper decided not to run an article on President Bush’s visit after being told his office would need to approve it.

By Elin Johnson –

Chapman University’s student reporters received a rare opportunity earlier this month to cover a speech by President George W. Bush. However, they opted not to cover the visit after they were told by Chapman that any articles would have to be preapproved by Bush’s team.

In an editorial published Oct. 13, The Panther’s editorial board explained that they chose not to cover the speech because the restrictions went against their journalistic values.

“We knew that we would be giving up on an incredible opportunity — one we had worked tirelessly to get — but we also knew that it was tarnish our reputation and go against the ethics we’ve been preaching in our editorials,” wrote the editorial board. “So we decided that we couldn’t and wouldn’t cooperate with these demands. No one is worth bending over backwards for, not even a former president. It pained us to give it up, but we did.”

Source: Chapman University student paper declined to cover Bush, but not for reason you might think

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