Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 15, 2012 6:30 AM

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Polished answers

When reading the Q&A section of the DI — the one with UI President Sally Mason — I realized that her answers were both daft and vague. They were the same politically polished answers heard in press conferences and presidential rallies across the nation.

This brings up many questions, like what is there really to hide in an university-type setting? I can understand national security for a governor of a nation-state, but for a state university, it is rather unsettling. What does Mason have to hide?

Another aspect of the session I noticed was that the reporter seemed afraid to ask the right questions. Now, I understand these questions would most likely be vetted through simple channels as to not offend to the president or to feel hostile in tone and structure, but even so. 

No one really cares about the trip to Asia: What we care about is the truth — the truth that seems to curiously and purposefully avoided by channels who edit down and revise the truth to falsehood.

Why do the ones with the most power try to smooth their words to not offend? If offense is needed to find the truth, then offense should be utilized. But remember, offense should never be taken from asking the right question.

Arthur Clark
Iowa City resident

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