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Fair Criticism?

To the Editor:

I found the recent article “Hardly Better Than Karaoke” by Devdoot Majumdar (Jan. 14) to be unnecessarily ruthless and offensive. As a student publication, the responsibility of The Tech is to provide fair, unbiased coverage of campus-wide events and issues. This article failed to accomplish this simple goal, and in doing so continued and perpetuated a tradition of poor reporting in The Tech.

While this article served as a review of the Logs concert, it took its mission of bringing the author’s opinion to the public too far. Mr. Majumdar is entitled to his opinion, but the articles he writes for general consumption must fairly critique the subject. From the start, Mr. Majumdar set on a course to humiliate the Logs and their efforts. The opening paragraph, ostensibly describing the peak of Logs talent, describes Logs members as possessing “self-aggrandized splendor.” This clearly derisive comment indicates that Mr. Majumdar has never been a fan of the Logs as people, and makes no mention of the Logs’ music. If Mr. Majumdar possesses this bias against the Logs, why was he chosen to write this article? Furthermore, why were his personal biases taken into account and why was this article published? Their personalities have nothing to do with their music, so why was this comment not edited out?

This is not to say that the Logs’ performance was perfect. They made mistakes, as was clear to everyone at the concert. Like any performance group that has stumbled, it is only fair that their mistakes are brought to public attention -- that is the purpose of a review. This review, however, took criticism a step too far, and brought in personal biases that were better left out of a news publication. Perhaps The Tech should take more care in assigning articles to biased reporters, and in reviewing these articles before publication.

Lindsay Kuo ’06