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NBC VA Tech coverage: Ethical standards? What ethical standards? 4/19/07

Posted by Steve Boriss in Ethics, Journalism, NBC, Video, Virginia Tech.

For those of you wondering why NBC would show footage from the VA Tech sniper, I would ask “why would they not?” Despite its existence for 80+ years, Modern Journalism as defined by legendary columnist and editor Walter Lippmann has never become a profession in any real sense. A real profession has an agreed-to code of ethics, not to mention licensing procedures, governing bodies, and requirements for continuing education. Without a code of ethics, there are no criteria to which NBC can refer in order to make a “no go” decision. Without a code of ethics, it is permissable for the NY Times to leak classified information. Without a code of ethics, the media can destroy the lives of innocent Duke lacrosse players, in total disregard of principles like “innocent until proven guilty.” Even in j-school ethics classes, it is not standards that are taught, but the non-standards of allowing each journalist to decide what is within his or her personal comfort zone. Thomas Jefferson once advised a colleague who was starting a newspaper to stick to “true facts and sound principles.” It is to the great discredit of Modern Journalism that it has utterly failed to articulate what exactly these sound principles are.


1. jk - 4/19/07

NBC created this monster and they are trying to create another one by playing his propaganda video over and over. All the victims’ families should join together in a CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT against NBC for wrongful death. You don’t believe it? Well, why did he sent his garbage to NBC? He knew that his propaganda would be shown by them because all he was really doing was mimicking their propaganda anyway. The Left says all us crackers deserve to die for what some moronic morons who lived 200 years ago did, and this guy just took that stupidity it’s illogical conclusion. NBC is Cho’s father and ABC is his mother, and they are proud of their bastard child. Just turn on the TV and you can see their pride and joy.

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