Reporter Tries to Sack Heisman Winner Kyler Murray

Thursday's Editorial - December 13, 2018


The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to a college football player for outstanding performance “which best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.”

1. The purpose of an editorial/commentary is to explain, persuade, warn, criticize, answer, entertain, praise or inspire. What do you think is the purpose of this editorial? Explain your answer.

2. a) What is the main idea of this editorial?
b) Do you agree with commentator Michelle Malkin? Explain your answer.

3. Most news reports on the tweets Kyler Murray wrote to friends when he was 14 referred to them as “homophobic” or “anti-gay.” Should a person be labeled homophobic for calling friends queer in a tweet between friends? Explain your answer.

4. Should people be punished for comments others deem offensive? Should they be punished for their thoughts? Explain your answer.

5. Watch the videos under "Resources" below the questions. What two adjectives do you think best describe Kyler Murray? (e.g. arrogant, humble, aggressive, polite, grateful, a man of integrity...). Explain your answer.

6.  Ask a parent: people seem to be taking offense over lots of things - has 'taking offense' and 'being offended' gotten out of hand? Please explain your answer.