The Terrapin Times

Friday, July 15, 2005

Seriously, There's Nothing Wrong With This ...

Sometimes the job of DiamondWatch is difficult. Often, the bias brought to us by the campus daily is more than skin deep. It's usually not immediately noticeable, which is of course more dangerous than today's revelation.

It has recently been made public by The Diamondback that its summer Deputy News Editor and Deputy Opinion Editor are the same person: senior journalism major Matt Santoni.

Nothing against Mr. Santoni -- several people close to The Terrapin Times and DiamondWatch know Mr. Santoni at least on an academic level and can certainly vouch for his ability. While he used to claim he was "very liberal," Mr. Santoni's politics are not the issue (yet.)

The issue, of course, is whether or not it's ethical to have the deputy news editor and the deputy opinion editor be the same person. There are inherent conflict-of-interest possibilities between the two departments without having powerful figures straddling the fence.

Let's only hope the crossover doesn't continue into the semester, when it matters.


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