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PostWatch: An irregular correction to the Washington Post

Brought to you by Christopher Rake


Wednesday, June 19, 2002
2:37 PM

TITLE IX FOLLIES... Yesterday I wondered if Title IX coverage would be balanced, citing sources on both sides of gender-balance disputes. And the answer is.....No! A story today reports on the National Women's Law Center "citing" 30 institutions for gender discrimination. When it comes to biased reporting, this story by Jessica Hopp is about as blatant as it comes:

Thirty colleges and universities -- including Notre Dame, Kansas State and the University of Miami -- are being cited for violating federal law by not providing "female athletes with their fair share of athletic scholarships," as required by Title IX legislation, according to information released by the National Women's Law Center (NWLC) yesterday. Using data provided by each school, as required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA), the NWLC shows that the violating schools are not awarding athletic financial aid for men and women athletes in proportion to the number of men and women participating in athletics. Title IX legislation requires the scholarship and participation numbers to be within one percent of each other (or one scholarship, whichever is greater).

Here's the NWLC press release. Print out the Post story and the press release, ask a friend to read them out loud, and see if you can tell the difference.

There is not a single indication in the Post's story of an opposing viewpoint. And the Post ignored a significant development on that front--the College Sports Council just filed for summary judgment in its suit against the Dept. of Education, alleging that Title IX has mutated into a "destructive quota system." Here's the motion.

UPDATE: Connecting the dots...The National Women's Law Center appears to have a direct pipeline into the Post, as indicated by my June 6 blog. I'd link the story, but the link no longer works, though it did earlier today. That could be the two-week limit kicking in; the Post charges for access back that far. Their right.

LINK UPDATE: Who knows why, my link works again to an earlier story "by a Washington Post Staff Writer" on vo-tech enrollment. You can read that, or the National Women's Law Center press release, same diff.

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