Friday, March 26, 2004

Maybe it's just me, but ...
Got an announcement in this morning from the student productions board at the University of South Carolina with the following line:
Editors Note - No media coverage, except University Media will be allowed in the Koger Center

This is a public event -- at $20 a ticket. If you are going to allow some media in, then allow all in, and yes, even though that's the PR arm of the university, it's still media. It puts out a newspaper, etc. (Partial censorship is, in my mind, even more intellectually dishonest than a total ban, and on a univerisity campus I find it doubly offensive.) I think students should go to hear what Coulter says, but I have a hard time encouraging them to attend such an event with these kinds of restrictions.

The text of the news release is below. Feel free to contact the person involved to express your thoughts, for or against.

For Immediate Release
> March 15, 2004
> Carolina Productions
> Ishita Shah
> 864.777.7130
>
> Editors Note - No media coverage, except University Media will be
> allowed in the Koger Center
> Headline - Carolina Productions presents an Evening with Ann Coulter,
> April 1st, "Lets hear the other side"
>
> Release Copy:
> *** Ann Coulter, author of the bestseller "Slander: Liberal Lies About
> the American Right" will be speaking at 8pm on Thursday, April 1, 2004
> at the University of South Carolina Koger Center.*
>
> *** Coulter will discuss her latest book, comment on the current
> administration, and will share her insights on politics today.* After
> her lecture, Ann Coulter will sign books in the lobby.*
>
> *** The event is free for USC students, faculty, and staff (one ticket
> per USC ID), tickets available at Russell House Information desk
> starting *March 15, 2004. General Public tickets are available at any
> Capital Ticket outlets for $20, starting March 22, 2004.
>
> For more information on Coulter's visit to USC, contact Carolina Productions at 803.777.7130 or visit www.sa.sc.edu/cp.
> Ishita Shah
> Ideas & Issues Commissioner
> Carolina Productions
> University of South Carolina
> Russell House 227
> Columbia, SC 29208
> (803) 777-7130
Ideas&Issues@gwm.sc.edu

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