Staff Editorial

Charges of journalistic bias unfounded

The Daily Cougar was on the receiving end of frequent charges of journalistic bias last week in regard to its coverage of the SGA voter fraud scandal. Some of the individuals who made the charges claimed that the Cougar has a journalistic vendetta against one of the disqualified candidates. Others claimed that the Cougar published false information in an attempt to sway the decision of the SGA Court of Appeals.

However, we stand behind everything that we have published dealing with the SGA voter fraud scandal. We never published any false information about the scandal. We verified all of our information in regard to the scandal with the appropriate sources before any of that information was printed.

Furthermore, no one at the Cougar has an agenda against any of the candidates who were disqualified due to the voter fraud. Even if any of them did, they would not allow that agenda to pervert the integrity of the Cougar.

We applaud the justices of SGA’s Court of Appeals for exercising restraint and wisdom in the way they handled the voter fraud scandal. We also applaud James Lee for taking upon himself the difficult task of coming forward and admitting to participating in the voter fraud. He showed a lot of courage in his willingness to come forward.

The Cougar would like to formally congratulate Cedric Bandoh and Turner Harris for their recent appointments. We look forward to seeing the work they will do at our university on behalf of the student body.

We have published several staff editorials since the beginning of this semester calling for members of SGA to begin rebuilding the reputation of their organization. Last week’s hearings indicate that they are making an honest effort to do so.

We hope that they continue on this trend under the new administration.


  • Thank You Daily Cougar, for keeping the students informed about what was going on and for all of the work you did to get this story set straight.

  • you guys did a decent job of covering a few students' mistakes. now how about you try doing the same kind of reporting on the people who really run stuff – admins and profs.
    you might have to work hard and research and make people mad, but that's what journalism should be all about. comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.
    you can start off by telling everyone how the PR office is trying to make all info flow through their propaganda machine and getting in the way of your reporting.
    actually no you can't because the school controls the funding for the paper, and that's why this paper will always be a joke. my mistake.

      • this is my last semester at this hole. i’m not aiming for anything except the exit door. i gave up on doing real journalism here last semester. the PR machine/school paper wore me down and broke my spirit.
        go coogs

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