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Recent Tech articles display amateur, unprofessional journalism

A recent article ["Coca-Cola replaces Pepsi in Senior House machine," Oct. 8], Sarah Keightley editorializes repeatedly on the Coke boycott. The article reads "Political correctness was the reason cited for the move," and attributes a dubious, patchwork quotation to Jason A. Schulz '93, "At the time both [Coca-Cola and Pepsi] were [politically incorrect]. Now the situation [in South Africa] is a little better." The use of an ideological epithet in the former passage makes me suspicious of the accuracy of the latter attribution, particularly since it contains the same epithet.

Similar amateurism occurs in another article ["Reporters discuss Gulf War," Oct. 22]. "The panelists blamed the generals

for seeking `revenge' against the press for losing the war in Vietnam." I fail to see why "revenge" needs adornment with quotation marks; furthermore, it is hardly an objective truth that the press lost the Vietnam War, and I think that the insertion of an appropriate "allegedly" into the passage might have preserved the integrity of what is supposed to be a news article, not an opinion piece.

In a somewhat different vein, Jae H. Nam '93's column, ["Harsh new gun control needed," Oct. 22], appropriately lauds gun restrictions, but reveals an incongruous blood lust in its appeal for capital punishment, and in the means it suggests. Furthermore, it implicitly makes the ridiculous assumption that a person's "right" to hunt or shoot for sport is as morally weighty as the specter of more than 25,000 lives ended by guns each year in this country.

Greg Marks '92->