Earlier today, at 4:15 AM, prolific Dartmouth blogger Joseph Asch (D ’79, YLS ’83) tried to ruin a student journalist’s life...In his since-deleted post, Mr. Asch criticized The Dartmouth's lack of investigative journalism on recent very-public hazing allegations, when other Ivy League papers routinely devote such coverage to their scandals. It was patently wrong for Mr. Asch to insinuate that the paper's silence was due to its editors being in bed with the fraternities. And it was even worse for him to prove it by reprinting a private photograph that paper's editor uploaded of herself on the extremely public website Facebook, showing her holding alcohol, at a party, in the house against which all the nationally-covered hazing allegations are directed.
Asch attached a grainy picture of the student holding a small plastic cup at hip level, and standing in what Asch claimed to be the house of Sigma Alpha Epsilon...
A fifty-something Dartmouth alumnus taunted and intimidated a young college student and campus journalist by implying that the student had broken the law for underage drinking. Using a grainy picture of the student holding a clear plastic cup, with nothing in it, as proof.
Due only to said staff member’s age, Asch’s post—and its suggestion of underage drinking—placed the staff member “in very serious legal danger..." IvyGate, 30 March 2012
Trotter's two-part, fourteen-hundred-word rant is right. How dare Mr. Asch, "a fifty-something" adult, try to 'intimidate' and nearly 'ruin' the life of a twenty-something adult by placing her “in very serious legal danger” (Grave danger? Is there another kind?) in republishing a rather benign photograph already on the internet? (What if H-Po's CyberNET Under-aged-drinking DartBlog Taskforce got a hold of that!? Think of the consequences!) Mr. Asch has since apologized to the student, but that wasn't good enough for Trotter, who remained offended on her behalf.
Oh, god. Dartblog’s Joseph Asch just issued a slimy, lying non-apology for his intimidation of a student journalist. IvyGate 30 March 2012So thank you, IvyGate. Thank you for continuing to be the self-righteous ulcer of morality that the Ivy League needs, not the one it deserves. Oh, and thank you for disabling the comments on those two posts. It would have been hell to read all the one-liners about what hypocritical douches you are.
Seriously though, I'm a big fan.