Sunday, December 30, 2007

The OSBA is a Gold Mine of Bad Press

From an old story announcing the original passage of the antic-censorship law, this is amazingly stupid:

Opponents of the bill, such as the Oregon School Boards Association, said that students aren't capable of responsibly editing a newspaper. They said even professional journalists are subject to the editorial control of publishers and owners.

It's so stupid, in fact, that between this and the OSBA quotes in the DH's story, I'm beginning to wonder if the press is intentionally making the OSBA look bad on this based on the OSBA's position. (Well, not really - but the possibility did cross my mind.)

Also, I would think that a Publications Advisor is a good stand-in for a publisher. And in theory, owners do not have editorial control (and publishers are usually not involved in the day-to-day decisions regarding editorial content anyway). This quote suggests the OSBA somehow thinks otherwise.

Wow, the OSBA is shooting itself in the foot. "[S]tudents aren't capable of responsibly editing a newspaper" is.... well, it's so dumb as to be beyond words. Who does the OSBA think actually edits the HS newspapers around the state? Administrators? Specially trained hamsters? The Intarwebs?

Lord, the OSBA needs some better P.R.


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