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Stanford writer fired for column on Chelsea

Don't ask. Don't tell. And, as a Stanford Daily columnist learned, don't opine - if your subject is Chelsea Clinton.

Jesse Oxfeld, a senior at Stanford, lost his job at the student newspaper after writing about the first daughter in a column his boss considered a violation of her strict policy of not covering the president's daughter.He wrote an opinion piece about the media coverage of Chelsea's arrival Sept. 19, accompanied by her parents.

"First, why, precisely, is it that we're all expected to bend over backward to give Chelsea and her family a `normal' Stanford experience while the first family itself is under no similar obligation?" Oxfeld wrote.

He also criticized the Daily's rule of not writing about Chelsea unless she does something newsworthy, something that the paper would write about if she were just anyone else.