“I care” petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/sbucares/petition.html
In early October the Statesman decided to include with their weekly publication an advertising supplement paid for the anti-choice organization called The Human Life Alliance. This supplement looks like a thin magazine, full of glossy, staged photos and text boxes. The problem with this October 8th supplement is that it is full of false and misleading information. The articles that are inside the supplement cite statistics and studies that are either taken out of context, distorted or embellished. At first glance a student may not notice these things, but if you go a little deeper, you can see the wrongdoings.
Any serious news organization would never publish something like this supplement–not even for money. Believe it or not, there are guidelines for advertising too. For example, the Poynter Institute says this on their website about the standards that ads must follow or else:
“Poynter Online reserves the right to reject any advertising. Some considerations that may prompt us to reject an ad include:
Offensive: Content must not be patently offensive and cannot contain attacks of personal nature. They must not be libelous, threatening, harassing or overly competitive or refer abusively to the goods and services of others.
Misleading: Content must be accurate and in no way fraudulent, deceptive or misleading. Ads that describe a book or product as “best seller” must contain a citation to the relevant best seller list.
Illegal: The Content cannot violate civil, municipal, provincial/state or federal laws.
Conflict with Poynter Values: The content cannot conflict with the values the Poynter Institute upholds. (See our mission and standards guiding publishing.) http://www.poynter.org/ethicsguidelines.”
The Human Life Alliance supplement doesn’t follow many of these standards.
The Statesman is a student organizations, and like with other clubs and organizations on campus, at least part of their budget comes from the money students pay to the university. I believe that because of this they should be more inclusive and try to collect money from ads that aren’t offensive to any population… at the very least, the ads should be accurate and not misleading!
Also, as a newspaper, The Statesman should represent its audience…and that means all of it.
If you feel The Statesman should stop publishing ads like the one described above, please sign this petition. It’s worth it.