Michael Gaynor
The Dartmouth's shameless and sloppy hit piece on Wendy Long shows why the Dartmouth Review was created
By Michael Gaynor
April 2, 2012

Gillibrand and Long already are facing off in the 2012 New York election for a United States Senate seat. Each of them already is assured of at least one line on the ballot.

The Dartmouth
is America's oldest college newspaper. It was established in 1799.

The Dartmouth Review is a conservative, independent newspaper at Dartmouth College. It was founded in 1980 by disenchanted staffers from the college's daily newspaper, The Dartmouth.

Those disenchanted staffers were disenchanted with blatant liberal bias at The Dartmouth.

Based upon the error-riddled and hopelessly slanted "news report" on the New York United States Senate race involving two Dartmouth alumna, Kirsten Gillibrand, New York's junior senator, and Wendy Long, who dominated the Republican Convention with a near majority vote against Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and first term Republican Congressman Bob Turner and already won the New York Conservative party nomination.

If The Dartmouth Review wants to endorse Gillibrand, it should do so. But its purported news article titled "Dartmouth alumni may face off in N.Y. election" (http://thedartmouth.com/2012/03/30/news/election) is so poor that author Blaze Joel of the student newspaper's staff should be embarrassed.

Let's start with Joel's title — "Dartmouth alumni may face off in N.Y. election."

Gillibrand and Long already are facing off in the 2012 New York election for a United States Senate seat. Each of them already is assured of at least one line on the ballot.

Then there's the matter of checking the records of The Dartmouth for information on Gillibrand and Long. At the least, Joel should have searched their names at The Dartmouth's website, http://thedartmouth.com/.

Had Joel done so, he would not have found any reference to Gillibrand but he would have learned that Long is an alumna of The Dartmouth as well as Dartmouth and that before she "was on the front lines of the fight to confirm Chief Justice John Roberts," she served as "the executive editor of The Dartmouth" and "her interest in the Constitution and the Supreme Court was spur[r]ed by courses she took at Dartmouth as a history major" (http://thedartmouth.com/2005/10/27/news/alum).

Perhaps Joel's article would not have been so unbalanced if he had done some more basic research.

Joel included ONLY pro-Gillibrand and anti-Long quotes in his article, from a man supporting Gillibrand who called Long "formidable" and "an ideologue" who "put[s] politics above what's best for the country and for her constituents and predicted that she would "gloss over policy issues in favor of attempts at character assassination, " a male former Gillibrand intern expected to graduate in 2013 who claims that Long is a hardliner whose stances will hurt her in the general election and a female Republican from New York expected to graduate in 2015 who "probably" would support Gillibrand because "[s]he's done a good job representing her constituents" and claims Long "kind of scares" her and "what we need right now is not what [Long's] 's offering. I want to be able to go back to New York after I graduate and get a job — that's what matters, not access to birth control."

Joel also reported that Republican from New York thinks that Long will focus too much on socially conservative issues...rather than on economic issues like job creation.

Both Joel and that New York Republican should check Long's campaign website (www.wendylongfornewyork.com ). Long is about jobs and freedom of conscience, not free birth control or denying access to birth control.

In addition, Joel's description of the Dartmouth days of Gillibrand and Long suggesting that Gillibrand was a brilliant student and only Long's extracurricular activity was The Dartmouth Review is nonsense.

Joel: "While at Dartmouth, Gillibrand and Long were both active on campus. Gillibrand was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and Phi Beta Kappa honor society, graduating magna cum laude. Long was one of the original staff members of The Dartmouth Review, along with conservative pundits Dinesh D'Souza '83 and Laura Ingraham '85. Although Long graduated in 1982, she remained a member of The Review's board of trustees for a number of years."


Long's work for The Dartmouth was hardly her only "activity" as a Dartmouth student. In addition to her work as staff member and editor at The Dartmouth, Long joined Green Key Society (an honorary service organization whose members serve as stewards, ambassadors, and servants and help to run traditional Dartmouth events from first year orientation to commencement) and was among the first women to join Casque and Gauntlet (a senior society at Dartmouth) and Palaeopitus (a senior society at Dartmouth that returned in 1981 to revive Dartmouth traditions) as well as served as an Admissions Office tour guide.

Joel omitted the legal educations of Gillibrand and Long.

Wikipedia states: "Following Dartmouth, Gillibrand attended UCLA Law School and graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1991. She passed the bar the same year.

Long studied at Northwestern and Harvard Law School, graduating from Northwestern cum laude. In addition to passing the bar, she served on Law Review and was so outstanding that she was selected to clerk for Judge Ralph Winter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court.

Gillibrand never clerked for a Supreme Court Justice. After graduating from law school, she joined a large Manhattan law firm as an associate and later took a leave to clerk for Roger Miner of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Finally, Joel wrote: "In order to receive the official Republican nomination, however, Long must win a majority of votes in the June 26 primary."


The candidate with the most vote wins the New York Republican Senate primary. There will not be a runoff primary.

At least The Dartmouth should get the facts right and try to be fair in alleged news reports.

© Michael Gaynor


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