‘The Washington Times’ Targets Tufts’ Ban of Unsigned Editorials
July 6, 2007
by Luke Sheahan
The point of the “everything printed must have a byline” punishment is presumably to keep students from writing editorials that might offend the sensibilities of some students. The faculty chair of the Committee on Student Life, Barbara Grossman, said, “The Primary Source can continue to print what it chooses, but it should not have the shelter of anonymity from which to launch hurtful attacks.” But as Mark Fitzgerald wrote in Editor & Publisher: “Unsigned editorials are not an evasion of responsibility—far from it. They represent a publication taking a stand, and putting all its institutional history and community standing on the line.”
President Lawrence Bacow should heed his own advice—“the appropriate response to offensive speech is more speech, not less”—and reinstate the time-honored tradition of the unsigned editorial.