Media Ethics. Chapter 15.
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“The family is not going to make a statement until this is resolved,” said Michael Willard of Underhill, a friend of Richard Phillips and his wife Andrea. “Andrea is doing well under the circumstances, but she would just like her privacy,” Willard said. He asked the gathering of news media camped outside the family’s home to clear out as soon as possible. On the scene Thursday were six satellite trucks, a dozen or so cameras and about 30 reporters and photographers. “She’s just overwhelmed,” Willard said of Andrea Phillips. “She’s just worried about her husband. She just needs her privacy.”
April 2009: Somali Pirates hold Vermont captain hostage
Rules of thumb
Valerie Plame Wilson
As a reporter for the campus paper, a student tells you that a professor gave him a better grade in exchange for sex. The student wants to remain anonymous, because he is embarrassed about what he did. He says others students also exchanged sex for grades.
As a respected and influential student blogger, you are approached by Dr. Pepper to promote its new “Raging Cow” drink. They want you to rave about how wonderful it is, (even if you don’t like it.) They won’t pay you, but they will give you lots of free stuff to keep or give away, and even fly you to Dallas in an all-expenses paid trip. You just can’t disclose that you are working for them.
Virginia Tech shootings:
Virginia Tech shootings:
a) Does this sort of thing just turn villains into icons?
b) Does the public’s right to know about the case supersede a)?
c) If b) is true, should news outlets self-censor like this?
Virginia Tech shootings: NBC statement 4/19/2007
In March 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, a directive arrived from the Pentagon at U.S. military bases. "There will be no arrival ceremonies for, or media coverage of, deceased military personnel returning to or departing from Ramstein [Germany] airbase or Dover [Del.] base, to include interim stops," the Defense Department said, referring to the major ports for the returning remains.
President Obama and the Pentagon rescinded this policy in 2009.
Duke Lacrosse players accused of rape:
Individuals are not as vulnerable as might be supposed
Individuals must take responsibility for the decision of what they watch
Pirated videos readily available on the street in China