The Daily Beast (Ben Collins) reported last week:
Now the Daily Champion is indeed described as “the official newspaper” of Liberty University, and Falwell defended his position by saying, “The students are not the publishers of the newspaper. Liberty has full editorial control over the newspaper.” It sounds from the e-mail exchange (and other sources) as though Falwell does generally exercise such editorial control as to various matters. Editors have the power to decide what goes into the newspaper, and in an official newspaper it makes sense that an official be the head editor.
This having been said, this is both an official newspaper and the student newspaper — and, like many such newspapers, is much more the voice of the students who write for it than of the administration. And especially when Falwell touts the position that, “Liberty University promotes the free expression of ideas unlike many major universities where political correctness prevents conservative students from speaking out,” it seems to me hard to justify an apparent “one opinion piece criticizing a presidential candidate per issue” policy in a weekly newspaper a month before the election.