Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Stanford Daily managing editor suspended

David Herbert, the Stanford Daily's managing editor of news, has been suspended from the paper after other editors discovered that a story that portrayed Herbert as a "hero" for restraining a disruptive airline passenger contained factual inaccuracies. The errors were called to the Stanford Daily's attention by another passenger, who said Herbert’s actions on the plane a disgrace to Stanford, according to the paper's public editor, Whitney Sado. "When confronted regarding the episode, Herbert acknowledged that his memory of it was slightly hazy and that he had a couple of drinks on the flight," Sado wrote in a column Friday. The student-run paper has issued a lengthy retraction to the "hero" story. Sado wrote that because of the controversy "it may feel like The Daily is the laughingstock of campus."

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