A Lynchburg, Va., newspaper has failed to clarify financial aid data it printed about Liberty University. And the school’s chancellor and president, Jerry Falwell Jr., has taken The News & Advance to task for that failure, the university’s news service reports
In a March 27 story, The News & Advance cited U.S. Education Department statistics in a report saying that Liberty University students garnered $445 million in financial aid during the last fiscal year. That represented the eighth-biggest amount for a four-year university in the country — and the largest of any university in Virginia.
But the article didn’t mention that Liberty is the biggest university in Virginia and the eighth-largest in the country. And it didn’t mention that Liberty gets no direct federal aid.
Various media outlets reached “erroneous conclusions” based on the story, the Liberty news service said.
Falwell said the newspaper has rebuffed Liberty’s efforts to persuade it to publish a clarification of the figures.
“The News & Advance and its parent company, Media General, refused to do a follow-up article on the March 27 report, which appeared on the newspaper’s front page and was circulated nationwide by The Associated Press,” he said.
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