The Oberlin Review

Boynton, Mizzou Scandals Reveal Growing Dispute over Journalistic Ethics

Editorial Board

November 13, 2015

Journalistic ethics have been under close examination this past week. It seems like everyone has something to say about activists at the University of Missouri calling for privacy in the face of national media coverage as racial tensions forced the resignation of the University’s president and chancellor of the Columbia campus. In Oberlin, the scandal surrounding Angela Boynton and conservative media organization Project Veritas has prompted similar conversations about press freedom and ethical boundaries. In a video released by Project Veritas on Nov. 3, undercover reporter “Angela Boynton” poses as an Oberlin student triggered by the U.S. Constitution and secretly films Professors Carol Lasser and Wendy Kozo...

Professors Require Support in Project Veritas Scandal

Tory S., College junior

November 6, 2015

To the Editors: Amidst the chaos and anger about the Angela Boynton “right-wing-sting” from Project Veritas’ video on shredding the Constitution, I wanted to bring attention to the importance of caring in this college community. When incidents like this happen, as we saw with Christina Hoff Sommers’ OCRL lecture last semester, conservatives and extremists target our left-leaning campus with hate mail. Phone calls and hate mail have been flooding the inboxes of many offices on campus, and, even more importantly, those of professors Carol Lasser and Wendy Kozol, who are shown in the video. Anger is the immediate reaction when hearing about this egregious breach of ethics and privacy, as well as the treache...

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