The majority-conservative Editorial Board of Princeton University’s official student newspaper has been dismissed and reorganized after publishing a string of conservative-leaning articles.
Editor-in-Chief Sarah Sakha announced in a September 12 open letter that she—in conjunction with the Managing Board, the Board of Trustees, and the staff of The Daily Princetonian—had dismissed the paper’s Editorial Board in order to “revise its process for publishing unsigned editorials.”
Other conservative-leaning op-eds included a defense of free speech, a case against private prison divestment, a call for freshman orientation to include a presentation on engaging with differing viewpoints, and a proposal for several due-process reforms to the university’s handling of cases of alleged sexual assault.
“Historically, until about 12 years ago, these unsigned editorials generally were written by the most senior members of the ‘Prince,'” Sakha explains, but “in recent years, they have been written by an Editorial Board consisting of students with no other ties to the ‘Prince.'”
Despite Sakha’s assertion, repeated in an email to the Fix, that the decision was intended to return the structure of the Editorial Board to a “more traditional model, for a college newspaper,” the dismissed members believe it was actually politically motivated.
In fact, Jack Whelan, a former Princetonian Editorial Board member and founding member of a new, independent publication called the Princeton Editorial Board (PEB), told the Fix that the old board was “destroyed” because “the opinions we published on a regular basis were more conservative than the opinions published on a daily basis in the Princetonian as a whole.”
Notably, Sakha herself wrote an op-ed in October 2016 speaking out against the Editorial Board’s criticism of the Princeton Women*s Center, and has contributed to the left-wing campus publication The Princeton Progressive.
Read the rest at: The Princetonian