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Monday, June 5, 2006
The Return of Jered Ede
Last time we checked, The Carrollton Record, the conservative Johns Hopkins University publication edited by Jered Ede, who last year notoriously misinterpreted Paul Begala for, was nowhere to be found online.

Well, the Record's online presence has returned, as has Ede, who is miraculously not disgraced by his previous journralistic misadventure. In a May 18 Human Events item, Ede described how the Carrollton Record was allegedly "banned" -- in fact, it was merely banned from distribution in campus dormitories, not from the campus as a whole -- allegedly for Ede's reporting that because a gay-porn director was brought to speak on campus using "school funds," the school was therefore "pay[ing] for its students" to "receive complimentary copies of gay, straight, and lesbian pornography."

We don't know how accurate Ede's claim is, given that his description of where the money to pay the speaker came from is somewhat murky. But given Ede's previous journalistic record, it would not be out of line to assume that Ede's claims are exaggerated and incompletely reported. In fact, one of the very few non-conservative outlets to report the controversy -- which is to say, outlets that report more than one side of the story -- the Student Press Law Center, notes that a representative of the campus group that sponsored the speaker's appearance said there are "a number of inaccuracies" in the story. The SPLC also quotes a Johns Hopkins spokesman saying that only official school publications may be distributed in the dorms, though enforcement appears to be lax.

Remember, Ede has a history of sloppy and slanted journalism, and his story has been spreading around the conservative blogosphere. Ede is presumably happy in the knowledge that it, like much of the conservative media, won't bother looking for an opposing viewpoint.

Posted by Terry K. at 7:24 PM EDT
Updated: Monday, June 5, 2006 7:26 PM EDT

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