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8/20/2004 05:58:00 PM | Timothy

Journalism at its best
Dan Linsalata on dartlog writes:
Debating Nothing
In another seminal piece in today's Daily D, guest contributor Patrick Mattimore '72, in an op-ed piece, rants against legacy admissions. Not only does he spend the first half of the article raving against George Bush for some slightly-relevant reason, but he finishes up with inspiring conclusion: "I have no intention of debating the merits of either side's arguments." This statement comes, of course, after a laundry-list of arguments for and against various types of admissions preferences, and still fails to draw a conclusion.
I didn't realize Review bloggers thought it was generally a good journalist practice to cut off sentences and invent periods. The full quote from the D op-ed says (italics mine): "I have no intention of debating the merits of either side's arguments other than to point out my agreement with the president that preferential treatment for legacies has no place in admissions policies supposedly based on merit." The D op-ed's conclusion, while perhaps not brilliant, is simply that if you believe in merit based admissions, then then you should be against legacy admissions. One can make an argument that a conclusion follows from a premise, without taking a position on whether the premise or conclusion is true. (The author might be uncertain whether other factors should matter or is not convinced the idea of merit alone makes sense). I'm not saying this suddenly makes the D piece great writing, but I think we can all agree that there is no sense going overboard and misquoting the D when accurate quotations should work just fine. Why Dan seemed to feel otherwise is beyond me.



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