The Badger Herald seems to pride itself on being an unbiased, independent voice. For every quotation the College Democrats or Mayor Dave or Progressive Dane has in a news article, the College Republicans or Republican Party of Wisconsin gets a call so that an “alternative opinion” can be included. In many cases, this is unnecessary. Let’s face it: nobody cares how I feel about a College Dem endorsement or how Claire feels that the CRs had a meeting. Everyone already knows. We disagree. And yet, I still get calls at 10:30 at night asking for my thoughts on one topic or another that really has nothing to do with me or my organization.
Why is it then, with all the obnoxious political bipartisanship of the Herald, the forum on Gaza was covered wholly from one side? Why weren’t Professor Loewenstein’s insane comments countered by someone from Hillel or the Jewish Studies Department or AISEC or anybody who isn’t a obvious anti-Semite like Jennifer Loewenstein is? If reference was made to Hamas being freely and democratically elected by those in Gaza, why was there no counter-argument asking what is says about those people that they knowingly and freely elected a terrorist organization to represent them? And, God forbid, a dramatically high 80% of children in Gaza suffer from PTSD… but it’s okay for their parents to blow themselves up near Israeli schools? I'm not saying the behavior of the Israelis has been perfect but they're a heck of a lot more innocent than those throwing rockets from Gaza.
Not only does Loewenstein spew hatred while her name tarnishes the good reputation of this world-class institution, but the supposedly “better” and “independent” campus paper lets her go unchecked! When the Badger Herald writes a petty story on a widely discussed and understood topic, they make sure to talk to both political sides. When we’re talking about a serious world conflict where there is a “good” and a “bad” and most people are uneducated as to which is which, however, the Herald prints a blatantly one-sided piece as fact. Regardless on your opinion on the situation, something is wrong with that.
Bipartisanship is fine and dandy, but if you’re going to claim to do it, actually do it! Don’t just say it to look good and feel better about poor journalism. Hold yourself to that higher standard. And if you’re not going to remain unbiased, you have no business writing “news” or teaching at this university.