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Robert Uebel letter: Forum hypes issue then goes on attack

The Forum should be ashamed of itself for the way it has handled the coverage of North Dakota State University involving itself in the logo debate at the University of North Dakota.

The Forum should be ashamed of itself for the way it has handled the coverage of North Dakota State University involving itself in the logo debate at the University of North Dakota.

First, The Forum hypes the issue with front-page coverage and then uses its editorial power to assure the public that the discussion is, in the words of Terry DeVine, "crap."

If the issue is so trivial, why does The Forum devote so much space to it? Secondly, the editorial board of The Forum is not simply content to oppose NDSU's proposed actions, it once again resorts to mean-spirited attacks on those individuals working for social justice. Phrases like "self-styled activists," "anti-nickname ringleaders" and "holier-than-thou preaching" are intended to belittle and demean, but they end up showing the bias of the management of The Forum and its inability to conduct fair and civil discourse on its editorial pages.

This treatment is not limited to those people working for change on the issue of the UND logo. The Red River Freethinkers and the Pride Collective and Community Center are two other organizations which come to mind. If your work makes the majority uncomfortable and starts rocking the boat, The Forum will trivialize your concerns and use its editorial power to belittle you personally and try to ruin your credibility. It has become very clear to me that the real "self-styled activists" in this community are the management of The Forum who have taken on the role of defender of the status quo.

Back in April, editorial page editor Jack Zaleski bemoaned the decline of the "civil society" when discussing controversial topics in our community (then referring to the membership issue at the YMCA). What I saw in the Nov. 20 issue of The Forum was anything but civil. It's time that Zaleski and the other members of the editorial board applied their own standards to themselves.

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Robert Uebel

Fargo

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