Saturday, July 30, 2005

What's Wrong With Journalism

If you want to know what's wrong with journalism today, check out the controversy that's brewing over a veteran reporter for the Miami Herald, Jim DeFede, who was fired for breaking the Florida law against tape-recording a conversation without the consent of both parties.

Editor & Publisher explains that the law "includes a provision that says, 'consent is not required for the taping' of someone 'who does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.'" The guy who was taped was a public official in an on-the-record interview.

Corporate newroom types like to do stuff like this because that way they can say, "Look at how pure we are." That way they can get away with egregious ethical violations and bias.

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