Editorial Board: On the FoHo’s letter to the editor

Opinion by Editorial Board
March 8, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

On Tuesday, The Fountain Hopper submitted a letter responding to a piece by our editorial board titled “FoHo and the paradox of accountability reporting by an unaccountable press.” Needless to say, the editorial board believes the FoHo’s characterization of our reporting on various issues and the training of our staff is at best unjustifiably dismissive and at worst willfully ignorant of good journalism. Furthermore, the FoHo continues to misconstrue The Daily’s business operations. By the end of its 1,300-word letter, the FoHo still fails to answer one central question: Why remain anonymous? Protected by press laws and the tide of student opinion, there should be no real harm in revealing the identity of FoHo staff given how confident they are in the veracity and righteousness of their reporting.

In the end, a back-and-forth between the FoHo and The Daily would serve little purpose for the student body. Instead, we at The Daily will let readers judge for themselves which sources of news they trust and which models of reporting they prefer. As it has since 1892, The Daily will continue to do its best to cover stories at Stanford objectively and accurately.

The Editorial Board consists of a chair appointed by the editor in chief and six other members. At least four of the board’s members are previous/current Daily affiliates, and at least one is a member of the Stanford community who is new to The Daily. The final member can be either. The editor in chief is an ex-officio member (not included in the count of six), who may debate on and veto articles but cannot vote or otherwise contribute to the writing process. Voting members: Joyce Chen '25 (Editorial Board chair, Vol. 263), Senkai Hsia '24 (member of the Editorial Board), YuQing Jiang '25 (Opinions desk editor, Vol. 263), Nadia Jo '24 (member of the Editorial Board), Alondra Martinez '26 (Opinions columnist, Vol. 263), Anoushka Rao '24 (managing editor of Opinions, Vol. 263), Shan Reddy '23 (member of the Editorial Board). Ex-officio (non-voting) members: Sam Catania '24 (editor in chief, Vol. 262 and 263).

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