Royce Money Makes Apology1
By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
In a stern letter (July 17, 1996) to the editor of the Firm Foundation Royce Money, Ph.D., and president of Abilene Christian University, complains that the Optimist (ACU's student newspaper) misquoted Mr. Joe Cope, executive assistant to the president. President Money acknowledges that the Firm Foundation accurately quoted the Optimist, but the Optimist misquoted Cope.
The Firm Foundation (July 1996) correctly quoted the Optimist (Nov. 19, 1995) that some members of the ACU board of directors can "belong to any denomination." We are now informed by brother Money that "a beginning reporter simply misquoted Mr. Cope and did not check with him about accuracy. ... A correction was printed in the next issue of the Optimist."
The Firm Foundation regrets that the Optimist made this serious mistake. We are happy to take notice of the retraction in the Optimist, and express the hope that ACU faculty advisors will keep a close eye on the writing of beginning reporters. We blame, not the poor student who was there for training and deserved careful supervision, but the head of the ACU department of journalism and mass communication, under whose tutelage the Optimist is produced. Of course, the buck always stops at the president's desk.
Anyhow, we thank Royce for calling this to our attention.
By the way, brother Money, we take note that you do read the Firm Foundation and are concerned about its contents, especially where ACU is mentioned. (The Firm Foundation report which you protest was in a subsection of the paper on page 25.) Now, since we have your attention, how about responding to some other things the Firm Foundation has noted about activities at ACU.
Will you favor the brotherhood by saying if ACU accepts and endorses the following:
Brother Money, the Firm Foundation would deeply appreciate your response to these matters, even if it is adverse to the Firm Foundation. We love ACU and want the school to stand "in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way; and walk therein, and ... find rest for your souls."
¹a. A formal justification or defense. b. An explanation or excuse.
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