Monday, March 06, 2006

IDS: Sheafstorm (Day 5)

It was a manic Monday at the Sheaf, as every major local news outlet came asking about the cartoons, and the Sheaf staff weathered the media blitz well. Though I have yet to see the article(s) in the StarPhoenix, I have been impressed with most of the media coverage thus far, save for Saskatchewan's answer to Rush Limbaugh, John Gormley. I think the hope for intelligent discourse on campus still exists, but it is not likely within the larger community due to some of the blatant slander propagated in the name of news on Gormley's popular call-in show. The story will likely remain local for at least another day, but it will in all likelihood become a national story by mid-week as I predicted early in the evolving situation.
I would like to take this opportunity to communicate how impressed I have been with the entire staff and board of the Sheaf, as I have been personally interacting with them over the past few days and have seen many of the events from inside the Sheaf. These people have been conducting themselves professionally and admirably, given the stressful circumstances, and I have nothing but respect for all of them. I especially want to communicate my appreciation for Will Robbins and Jeremy Warren, who have both been outstanding examples of journalistic integrity and professionalism through the entire process. Kudos also to Liam Richards, who managed the media stress much "betterly" (a word Liam used in a TV interview) than I could have hoped. Now the main issue is where to go from here and what steps to take, and I believe that the Sheaf is now in a position to consider these things appropriately and with integrity. As always, feel free to contact me with any concerns or ideas.

1 comment:

  1. I agree that Gormley has been pushing the line, and possibly over it with some of his comments today. He's unhinged over the issue. I think it offended him more than he'll admit, which is almost funny considering his stance on the Muslim cartoon publishing. I can't remember which way he changed his opinion weeks ago, it might have been to publishing the cartoons.



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