Today in the Quick Hits section the Daily Tar Heel printed a line suggesting Republican Party chairman Michael Steele “apparently spent lavishly at bondage-themed clubs while traveling.”
In addition to getting rid of attempts at vulgar humor on the editorial page, the Daily Tar Heel’s professionalism would also be enhanced by some fact checking. The actual story is that a contractor traveling with an RNC expense account spent $1,946 at a strip club. The staffer responsible for approving the receipts for the expense account has been fired.
Now, I understand Michael Steele won’t win any popularity contests with the Daily Tar Heel editorial staff (or with the Carolina Review staff for that matter). But there’s still an obligation to print basic factual information. Errors are understandable, especially in a college paper. Publishing slander is not.