Friday, March 26, 2004

"Sue us, not them" 

King has already provided insight on the question whether SCSU and MnSCU are responsible for the Chronicle�s infamous article. I believe they are, at least for now. The University of Minnesota has often been sued for articles published in The Minnesota Daily, its student newspaper. See Nelson v. University of Minnesota, 1993 WL 610729 (Minn.Dist.Ct. 1993); Naylor v. Minnesota Daily, et al. No challenges were brought in these cases to dispute respondeat superior.

The Chronicle�s editorial that the Lewis suit �lacks focus on accountability� leaves me genuinely puzzled. Is the Chronicle protesting because the plaintiff did not name it and its staff as defendants as well? Then maybe, instead of whining, a little bit of gratitude is in order?