Crow on the menu at Johns Hopkins
To its credit, the Johns Hopkins News-Letter has published a series of letters taking the editors to task for (a) publishing Greg Sgammato’s cretinous article deploring the presence of fat girls at fraternity parties and (b) publishing an apology so cravenly self-regarding and equivocal as to be nearly as offensive as the original article.
To its further credit, the editors have since tucked in to a trencher of crow, publishing an actual apology:
In last week's edition of The News-Letter, we published two offensive and insensitive articles. We cannot undo the damage that these articles caused, nor can we excuse our decision to publish them. In light of these egregious errors, The News-Letter retracts the sex column entitled, "Banging under the influence: The ups and downs" and the opinion article entitled, "Local bison bear all at Phi Kappa Psi's annual Lingerave." Publishing these articles was wrong. On this occasion, we failed to meet the standards that our readership and community have come to expect of us. We would like to assure our readers that The News-Letter is currently undergoing an extensive internal review with the intention of identifying and rectifying weak areas of our editorial and production processes.
Without condition, The News-Letter issues its humblest apology.
One of the letters suggested that Mr. Sgammato should resign as a managing editor of the paper. A gentleman would have done so.
Mr. Sgammato’s name is still on the masthead.