OPERATION RED SCARE
The editorial fails to consider alternative explanations -- especially the claim that the Oak Leaf's coverage has been biased -- or conflicting evidence for alternative explanations: 1- That the newspaper neglected to address the significance of the fact the 'Red Star Flyer' associated specific faculty with the charge of indoctrinating a preference for overthrowing the government and replacing it with a communist dictatorship, 2- That the newspaper has failed to address the significance of McPherson's admission that she had "no specific complaints, no threats or specific accusations," 3- That despite comparing Operation Red Scare to the infamous 1964 Daisy Ad, despite highlighting that the ad "capitalized on people's fears by falsely claiming that if Goldwater was elected, there would be a nuclear war," and despite calling the 'Red Star flyer' a "scarlet letter," Wright began his March 2nd column by giving, "My compliments to the designer of the 'scarlet letter' that appeared on the doors and windows of several SRJC instructors last friday" and offered the unsubstantiated claim that this "scarlet letter" "[pales] in significance to the retort it has sparked from faculty...", 4- That the newspaper's March 2nd article, 'Code Red?', and editorial, 'Getting from conflict to dialogue', simply portrayed Operation Red Scare as an attempt to pursue dialogue and neglected known conflicting evidence (e.g., The 'Red Star Flyer' associated specific faculty with the charge of indoctrinating a preference for overthrowing the government and replacing it with a communist dictatorship; The SRJC College Republican's February 28th press release claimed "We did this because we believe certain instructors at SRJC are in violation of California state law"; and McPherson admitted she had "no specific complaints, no threats or specific accusations."), 5- That the Oak Leaf ignored McPherson's rewording of the underlying issue, 6- That the Oak Leaf neglected to address the S.R.J.C. Academic Senate's 'Red Star Resolution', focusing on the College Republican's forum on academic bias which occurred two days later, 7- That the newspaper printed Senator Rob Morrow's op-ed length justification of his 'Student Bill of Rights' despite it being against the paper's published editorial policy and without inviting individuals to submit editorial responses to Senator Morrow's text, and 8- That the newspaper has neglected to address the sensational nature of Operation Red Scare and the Red Star flyer (i.e., Their rhetoric is likely to provoke strong emotional responses both by the targeted people and against the targeted people) , and 9- That the newspaper failed to address the well-known history of the methods used in Operation Red Scare.