It has been alleged that in our article “How a controversial SBC chair was chosen,” published in today’s paper, the Phoenix implicitly supports (or even endorses) the position taken by one of the individuals quoted saying that within SBC, “Hillel gets special privileges,” and that Toby Levy’s hire as SBC chair is related to his Judaism. We typically decline to respond to controversy pertaining to our coverage. But given the seriousness of the allegation, we feel compelled to do so.
First, we should note that it was our decision — not the decision of the story’s reporter — to include this quotation. And the Phoenix’s three Jewish editors did not publish the quotation because we endorse the position that the hire was part of some “Jewish conspiracy.” We published it because of what it says about the person who said it: readers have a right to know that a potential candidate to run SBC would say such a thing on the record. When the New York Times publishes quotations from politicians or other figures that are discriminatory, it is not endorsing a discriminatory position, nor would anyone claim it is.
Some have faulted us for not making it apparent that we saw these views as absurd. But if the campus’ reaction to the quotation proves anything, it is that such disclaimers are unnecessary. The quotation speaks for itself.
Anna Gonzales, Daniel Block, Izzy Kornblatt
Editors-in-Chief and Publisher