An article on May 6 described a demonstration at Princeton University against the proposal by Bill Frist, the Senate majority leader and a Princeton graduate and board member, to bar filibusters on judicial nominees. The writer, a freelance contributor who is a Princeton student, did not disclose to The Times that before she was assigned the article, she had participated in the demonstration.
Forget questions of political bias, what I want to know is: Why is the New York Times assigning stories to college students? I'm on record as believing that the Times is the greatest thing since sliced bread--surely they can afford to use professional reporters to cover stories in central New Jersey. Aren't stringers supposed to be for remote, unreachable locales? Or maybe for Manhattanites Central Jersey is a remote, unreachable locale?