Sometimes a free press can go too far

Published: October 15, 2012
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I have to take issue with Paul Greenberg (Gleanings, Oct. 10), who wrote that publishing a story in the school newspaper about a college professor being arrested and charged with child-sex crimes is in the best interest of the public. Greenberg seems to think it's pertinent that everyone also knows that the professor taught biblical studies. A charge isn't a conviction, just as a complaint doesn't necessarily mean someone has done anything wrong. I've been on the other side of this coin, having been falsely accused of wrongdoing simply because someone had a vendetta. Unfortunately, this professor will be tried in the court of public opinion, which will indeed color his trial and may lead to him not getting a fair trial.

The rush to publish and indeed condemn does a great injustice to the professor. Freedom of the press doesn't give anyone the freedom to destroy someone's life. Discretion is called for. Just maybe the college president was trying to exercise prudence in his dealing with the situation.

Chris Dysinger, Oklahoma City


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