Former and current staffers for the Harvard Crimson, the Harvard student newspaper are protesting the basic journalistic practice of contacting both sides in an argument for their perspective.
Harvard students are upset that the Crimson followed this fundamental practice in covering a rally to demand the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The Crimson’s cardinal sin: contacting ICE for a response.
Following this journalism, The Crimson reported “Act on a Dream’s petition calling on The Crimson to apologize and change its policies has garnered more than 1,000 signatures as of Sunday night. Fifteen student organizations including the Phillips Brooks House Association, Harvard College Democrats, and Harvard Graduate Students Union-United Automobile Workers have also signed on. Harvard’s Undergraduate Council also passed a resolution on Nov. 10 in support of Act on a Dream’s concerns about The Crimson’s reporting policies.”
A reported 33 current and former staffers have also signed the protest petition.
Crimson President Kristine E. Guillaume has rightly refused to back down from following the most basic principles of journalism, to report and quote objectively from various sources.
Reason reported on the controversy: “[S]ome of The Crimson’s own staff members and alumni evidently think the paper should stop practicing objective journalism, and instead become some kind of mouthpiece for the activist left … Spearheading this effort is Danu Mudannayake, a design editor, who noted in a Medium post that protesters entered The Crimson building with signs that read “Undocumented Lives > ‘Objective Journalism.'”