A case in point: The Rocky Mountain Collegian, which found itself in the limelight this week after publishing an editorial on Sept. 21 that said, "Taser This... FUCK BUSH."
The profane editorial didn't just get officials and students at Colorado State University riled up. It made the national news and sparked debate around the country about The First Amendment, the use of foul language and the rights of the college press.
Here's how the newspaper has covered the controversy:
- Collegian editorial sparks national uproar
News story on the national reaction
- Speaking out
Opinions voiced on Collegian editorial
News story on an on-campus public meeting on the controversial editorial
- Threat called in to Collegian newsroom
News story on a phone threat related to the editorial
- CSU Republicans hold public petition
New story on reaction
- Collegian Editor in Chief's statement 9/24
- Letter from Collegian Editor in Chief regarding Bush statement 9/21
The paper has also made room for lots of letters to the editor and opinion columns voicing a variety of views, including:
- The Use and Abuse of the First
- CSU versus the First Amendment
- Editorial incites furor; Gavin Rossdale swears vengeance
- Misjudging Our Freedoms
- McSwane Should Resign
Whatever you think of the paper's editorial, The Collegian has certainly created a forum for public discussion on the First Amendment.
What do you think of the way the paper has handled being in the limelight? Do you think the paper's response to the furor is a model for other college papers? Post a comment below.