17 September 2008

17 September 2008 - Harvard Law School in the tank for Obama

It should come as no surprise that many at Obama's alma mater are backing the Illinois Senator in his race for the presidency. What is a little irritating is the way campus media at Harvard Law School have become an echo chamber for pro-Obama opinions.

Consider the law school's home page today and yesterday:

The three stories in the "news" section feature op-eds published elsewhere in the national media, each of which endorses the Obama/Biden ticket:

So what? you might ask. Well, these op-eds are delivered every day to thousands of inboxes at the law school, thanks to a service called News@Law, which circulates articles written by Harvard law professors or in which Harvard law professors are quoted. The political op-eds are circulated, too.

There's nothing inherently wrong with this, except for the obvious imbalance of opinions. (Hey, I like these professors; I just disagree with them on Obama.) Which means that supporters of the McCain/Palin ticket here (like me) are using the delete button with greater frequency. Until November 5th, that is, when we'll no doubt be subjected to a slew of op-eds mourning an Obama defeat and wondering about its implications.


At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say you're concerned about the balance of opinions. Balance is great, but surely HLS profs who support McCain are not silenced. In fact, the reason there are no pro-McCain op-eds circulated via news@law is because there are none.

Calling for balance is nice, but one can't manufacture it simply because one think it needed. So maybe the more interesting question here is how come there are no (vocal) McCain supporters among HLS's 100+ faculty?


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