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Medium Causes Mayhem at Rutgers – Should They Have Apologized? [POLL]

Rutgers Campus (Flickr user tjdee)
Rutgers Campus (Flickr user tjdee)

The satirical newspaper, The Medium, has been known to be the flashpoint of controversy on the Rutgers campus for some time.

Should they have been taken seriously when they did a piece on how Hitler may have done some good things, among other pieces that have appeared?

They won’t be winning any Pulitzer Prizes anytime soon.

But at what point does satire cross the line into mean-spiritedness when they refer to sorority sisters as wildebeests and elephants?

And should they have apologized for having done so?

According to this, their apology reads as follows:

“Since our paper is satirical in nature and no stranger to controversy, it is rare that we apologize for our content,” The Medium wrote on its Facebook page yesterday.

“However, it is the feeling of this editorial board that the article in question merits an apology. It was written in a cruel, debasing manner that does not reflect the values or goals of our organization.”

The goals of the organization are to make people laugh, however crude the joke may be.

Similar to the humor of Seth MacFarlane used on the Academy Awards. Funny but cringe worthy!

The original storyline written by The Medium was:

“After 25 years of promoting positive body image and ‘Ugliness Acceptable,’ the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority will be closing its Rutgers doors after this year, citing budget problems and the fact that no female in their right mind wants to be associated with them.”

Accompanying the story was a picture of a cow outside of a barn adorned with the Greek letters alpha, chi and omega.

“The reaction we received was humbling, and represented a community of readers that stood in solidarity for the sisters of Alpha Chi Omega,” the paper wrote in its apology.

The student newspaper at Rutgers, The Daily Targum, chided The Medium in an editorial on Wednesday: “Tsk, tsk, tsk. You dropped the ball on this one, Medium.”

The paper noted that the article came out during National Eating Disorders Week, but argued: “Sure, the article was false journalistic trash, but how is that different from any other article that The Medium has ever written?

It’s a satirical newspaper — that’s what it’s supposed to do.

Offend people.

And if it is going to decide to apologize for offending this one particular group of people, then it should plan to apologize for every other organization and individual that the publication has publicly humiliated.”

So there you have it. Apology not needed; nor should have been given.


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