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A short paper that uses a single code of ethics source to provide an outlook at the anthrax terrorism scare provided by the news. The writer presents a situation where ethics were bent and manipulated so that the message might get across. Picking apart specific facts that were outright lies or distortions of the truth, the writer says, distort the reality of the situation. In the end, the writer argues that a certain set of guidelines should be put into place which would expose the unethical practices of journalists and news media.
From the Paper:"The second error made during the coverage of this story was with respect to media covering information gleaned from other media sources. The Hatfill investigation gained traction in the media apparently because one media outlet deigned to give it substantial coverage, including the release of Hatfill's name. Other media outlets did not exercise journalistic responsibility in basing their decision to cover the story in such a manner on the unvetted coverage of another outlet.
"More errors are found, when this story is measured against the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics. Hatfill was singled out for extensive coverage on the basis of an FBI tip. The motivations behind this tip - why it was given for Hatfill but not the other scientists investigated - were never given due consideration, contrary to the code of ethics. Another apparent violation of the code can be found in the lack of balance given to the story. That Hatfill was one of many subjects of investigation was not a major part of the story, which gave the appearance in the coverage that he was the sole or primary subject of the FBI investigations, which was false.
"Several steps could have been taken to better vet this story."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Code of Ethics. (1996) Society of Professional Journalists. Retrieved September 29, 2009 from http://www.spj.org/pdf/ethicscode.pdf
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