mbimotmog says: Not really sure how this “crosses a line”…did the Union Leader create new ad space just for the purpose of allowing Obama to advertise or did the Obama campaign simply buy the biggest placement that the UL offered?
» SFB says: To explain, the problem we see with the Obama ads is that they’re so large that they overwhelm the rest of the content, which means that it’s having an adverse effect on the journalism. It feels like the financial gain overtook the ethics in this case. It’s not as bad as the DM Register, but it’s clearly intended on counteracting the news. When an ad is that large, the lines between advertising and editorial start to blur — which is less of a problem when the ads aren’t political. But in this case, the ads are very much intended to counteract the news of the day. Obama should be free to spend wherever he wants. But the newspaper should know when to say no to an ad request. — Ernie @ SFB
I understand that a lot goes into putting these shows together, but there has to be a better way to deal with actual reality when it creeps into our reality programs.Tucson Weekly’s Dan Gibson • Offering up a good point on last night’s news that a reality show contestant, Wesley Durden, committed suicide, but the TLC show, “Next Great Baker,” hid it from the audience until he had been eliminated from the program. “They did throw a card up at the end,” Gibson points out, “but this still seems like a series of bad decisions to me and wildly insensitive to the guy’s family and friends, but maybe we’re still all supposed to be upset that the same network runs a show about Muslims or something.” And that, friends, is a great point. Here’s a network that’s getting criticized for the wrong thing: Instead of getting wrongly criticized for airing reality shows about Muslims, they should be getting rightly criticized for their intense focus on ratings in the face of the ethical treatment of the people it puts on its shows. source (via • follow)
So heartwarming that everyone in U.K.’s missing me so much they want me to come home.CNN host Piers Morgan • Joking earlier this year in regards to allegations he faces over possible involvement in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal. Morgan, a former tabloid newspaper editor who’s built a second life as a TV host, will take part, via video-link, in a judicial inquiry into the alleged practices of “News of the World” and other British tabloids. Morgan’s past could come to haunt him in the future. source (via • follow)
» That’s what Scotland Yard says: They’ve investigated over 2,000 cases at length, and think they’ve found hundreds of examples of the same hacking that befell the newspaper earlier this year. ”Operation Weeting has been in contact with or been contacted by 2,037 people,” Scotland Yard says, “of which in the region of 803 are ‘victims’, whose names have appeared in the material.” More people are likely to get investigated, but as their personal information is limited, it’s believed they were less likely to be hacked by the newspaper.
» The scandal that killed a newspaper: With the News of the World scandal a bit of a low point for the company this year, it’s understandable that they might want to get this dealt with. But the Dowler family has made sure it was to their liking: ”Nothing that has been agreed will ever bring back Milly or undo the traumas of her disappearance and the horrendous murder trial earlier this year,” they said. “The only way that a fitting tribute could be agreed was to ensure that a very substantial donation to charity was made in Milly’s memory. We hope that projects will be undertaken so that some good can come from this.” Meanwhile, News Corp. now has a second scandal under its large journalistic umbrella, though this one (the WSJ’s circulation scandal) is fortunately more business-oriented and less invasive on another person’s life.
Yes, but this is a bit like saying “She shouldn’t have been wearing that tight dress.”
There is no ethics scandal here. There’s nothing ethically wrong with having an opinion, she didn’t use her position as an NPR employee to advance that opinion, and she certainly didn’t deserve to be fired.
Agreed; she wasn’t working as journalist and she didn’t deserve to be fired for what’s effectively an unrelated-to-work activity. There’s no conflict of interest between opera and a widespread political movement. But at the same time, it’s just like … I can see that reason not flying with NPR, considering how they’ve handled this type of thing before. None of this is to say “this is how NPR should handle this.” But it’s more to say “this is how NPR probably will handle this.”