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Friday, February 06, 2004

Harvard: the world in microcosm

Another from Romenesko: last year's Harvard Crimson top eds, David Gellis and Kate Rakoczy, try a little dead-pan on the Faculty of Arts and Science (FAS) spin machine.

As the saying goes, read the whole thing for full, mock-naive, humorous effect. Sample:
In the name of streamlining information delivery, spokespeople have taken control of all media requests, only to repeatedly thwart our ability to gain the information we needed in a timely fashion. Coming from press officers, the information provided was by definition second-hand and often incomplete. More alarmingly, a number of attempts to block our reporters' access to key administrators and to discourage professors from speaking to student journalists prevented us from accurately and thoroughly reporting on such important matters as tenure appointments, Allston planning [?] and the financial health of FAS.

I suspect that the faculty hacks of Harvard are immune to this gentle satire. Actual journalism is required: sex and money the usual angles. Find hands in the till, or up skirts, and the Crimson can see Harvard Yard running scarlet...

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