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Journalistic Ethics

Defending Ian Thorpe: Coming Out Is Never Easy, I Know

James Peron | Posted 07.14.2014 | Gay Voices
James Peron

None of us can live other people's lives for them. They, and they alone, must be free to live their lives on their own terms. That includes celebrities, even Olympic swimmers.

Sterling's Lesson: Public Figures Have Few Privacy Rights

Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D. | Posted 07.11.2014 | Media
Sara-Ellen Amster, Ph.D.

If anything, Donald Sterling's problems have cemented this warning for others. We know even private people have turned themselves into instant journalists in the world we live in, and you can't unring the bell of the digital revolution.

The CIA, Amazon, Bezos and the Washington Post: An Exchange with Executive Editor Martin Baron

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.09.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

To: Martin Baron, Executive Editor, and Kevin Merida, Managing Editor, The Washington Post Dear Mr. Baron and Mr. Merida: On behalf of more than 2...

Radar Online Makes Big Mistake With Jenny McCarthy -- and Then Hits Delete

Paul Raeburn | Posted 03.09.2014 | Media
Paul Raeburn

Radar Online published a curious story Saturday that led with this: "Jenny McCarthy wants everyone to know that her son WAS diagnosed with autism and she's never thought otherwise." But this wasn't just a simple error: Radar made almost every error it's possible to make.

The 'Father of the Prostitute' Incident Should Spark a Journalism Debate on Fact-checking 'Ethnic Names'

Natasha Tynes | Posted 02.18.2014 | Media
Natasha Tynes

Journalism is very much in flux these days and there is a always a room to revisit its standards. You have to give it to "Abu Sharmouta" for exposing this fact-checking hole.

No Regrets: Covering Government as a Contact Sport

David Westin | Posted 05.08.2013 | Media
David Westin

If the press is doing its job, those high up in government should always be a bit uneasy because journalists should be asking some uncomfortable questions -- and sometimes coming up with answers that are equally uncomfortable.

How About Some Media Control?

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.17.2013 | Media
Chris Weigant

I'd like to see a bit of introspection and navel-gazing from our mainstream media. I'd like viewers to chime in as wel. It may not be as important a conversation as the political discussion over gun control laws, but it is ultimately an easier problem to fix.

How About News We Can Trust?

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.29.2013 | Media
Craig Newmark

Me, I just want news I can trust. Sure, I'm not in the news industry, and have no idea how to fix the problem. However, maybe we can get a good start regarding what might be the worst of ethical abuses.

CNN, Embarrassed Again

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 11.25.2012 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

I probably know CNN's history as well as anybody and I recall with regret two other incidents where CNN failed to meet the standards of responsible journalism.

The Royal Peep Show

Suzanne Ely | Posted 11.20.2012 | Media
Suzanne Ely

The allure and thrill of the unknown ending in an over-scripted world and the visceral encounter with the unaltered has left us drunk and horny on communal media peep shows.

Times Public Editor Picks Wrong Target

David Callahan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Callahan

It is good that the New York Times has a "Public Editor" to keep an eye on the paper's ethics. But sometimes, it seems like valuable column space is wasted chastising Times staffers for minor missteps.

Demand Full Media Disclosure: What's Your Tax Bracket?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Chris Weigant

Anyone in the media talking about raising income tax rates on the top two income brackets should disclose their possible conflict of interest. "Full disclosure, I fall into the top tax bracket myself, so I would personally be affected by changing this rate."

Journalistic Ethics Code: How to Use it to Defend Yourself

Jonathan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jonathan Bernstein

What I want to do here is to give anyone dealing with unethical journalists an invaluable tool that can be used, now, for mitigating damage.

Should Travel Writers Accept Freebies? I Say Yes

Simona Rabinovitch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Simona Rabinovitch

I rode a teenage elephant through the Thai jungle, partied till dawn from Ibiza to Reykjavik, and joined a Buddhist monk meditation ceremony as thousands of lanterns were released into the sky. Most of these trips were free.

Between Fact and Fantasy: Polling and the Media

Charles Seife | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Charles Seife

Usually, journalists accept polls without pausing to think about whether they reflect reality or not. Last week, the media world was treated to an incredibly rare event: a journalist met a poll he didn't like.

Why ACORN Fell: The Times, Lies, and Videotape

Peter Dreier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Peter Dreier

The mainstream media, including the New York Times, played a pivotal role in ACORN's demise through shoddy, opportunistic journalism. But all have refused to acknowledge their role.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Matt Osborne

We've seen this pattern before. A non-sourced, anonymous story enters the right-wing blogosphere and gets picked up by mainstream media, allowing the right to stovepipe their insanity.

Enter the Golden Age of PR: Exit Reality

Schuyler Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Schuyler Brown

Brands are ditching advertising, which is really pretty transparent in its intentions, in favor of spin and PR, which really is not. This shift is partly because advertising is failing and partly because PR is right for the times.

CNN Dives Head First into Television Payola

David Sirota | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Sirota

In the age of Television Payola, regular "news" contributors never have to choose between television time and corporate shilling -- the shills get the best of both while the audience loses.

Pictures of Minors Driving 60 mph and Texting? What is the NYT Thinking?

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Blake Fleetwood

Could the Times possibly have assigned the photographer to take a picture of minors engaging in what seems like incredibly risky behavior?

Why We Joined the Media Blackout on Kidnapping of NYT Reporter

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Greg Mitchell

In the months after we found out about the kidnapping, I witnessed the most amazing press blackout on a major event that I have ever seen. I wonder how strongly this non-reporting will be criticized in the weeks to come.