I’ve been notified by friends at CSULB that the 49er has released an “apology” today. This letter from the editor cannot be found on their website and only appears in the print version.
The text is as follows:
I think it is absolutely imperative that I apologize for the printing of an article that has left such a negative impression on the student body and our community of readers. Of course, I am referring to the Sept. 8 publication of the Daily 49er and the column in the Opinions section called “6 Reasons why China is a crappy place to visit,” by Hunter Paul.
My personal philosophy as the leader of a student newspaper errs on the side of caution when it comes to censoring student opinions. It is for that reason, and a few other factors, that this column was published, rather than turned down altogether.
I know that it will never by enough to simply argue that this opinion is an expression of only one writer, and not the entire Daily 49er staff. The piece was a poor attempt to express Paul’s dissatisfaction with his experience abroad, and it came across as incredibly insensitive and ignorant. I can say, with absolute certainty, that racism, ignorance, insensitivity or overall offensiveness were not Paul’s intentions. On both a personal and professional level, I would vouch for his high quality of character and intellect. I can also guarantee that no one on staff at the Daily 49er is satisfied with any impression of lacking sensitivity that has been given to the students whom we aim to serve. Our mission as a news organization is to seek truth and report it, and we aim to do so objectively and fairly. This incident is unfortunate, and I hope that the Cal State Long Beach student body, and readers of the Daily 49er in general, will allow us the opportunity to demonstrate that we respect and value the diversity of our campus.
Thank you for all of the letters, emails, tweets and comments regarding this article.
- Paige Pelonis
Editor in Chief
My favorite part is: “I can say, with absolute certainty, that racism, ignorance, insensitivity or overall offensiveness were not Paul’s intentions. On both a personal and professional level, I would vouch for his high quality of character and intellect.”
Or stripped of apologist bullshit, “But he didn’t MEAN to! He’s smart we SWEAR!”
It seems so disingenuous to me that the EIC would claim that she is apologizing while staunchly defending the writer who made the mistake and despite several people pointing out that intent does not matter, claiming that they did not INTEND to offend.
You can see my email to them printed right next to the “apology”. An email they haven’t acknowledged receiving for over 3 days. Several people have been asked by email to get their replies published, I was not offered the same courtesy.
Also, where is Hunter Paul in all of this? Where is his apology? Is he just going to hide behind the EIC’s defense and shaky nonpology until this blows over?
Stay classy, 49er. File this one under “how not to deal with media controversy”.