Poynter conf on journalist ethics: let’s jump the gun

Okay, I’ve been saying that the “press is the immune system of democracy” for a coupla years now.

A lot of this is motivated by conversations with people in media; they’d like to restore trustworthy behavior to news media, not in just a few pockets of it. I remind ’em that I’m not in the business, but I can help, maybe just a little.

Well, the Poynter Institute is a really big deal regarding trustworthy journalism, and they’ll be running a conference on journalistic ethics in NYC this Autumn.  They haven’t announced the date, but I figure this is a big issue, and I’ll do what I can to make it really big, beyond merely funding it.

So, I’ll be posting some of the big issues in journalistic trust and ethics suggested in years of talking with people in the business, using hashtag #PoynterJournoEthics.

For example, I’ve wondered what’s the deal when you can see that a reporter knows when he’s being lied to, but says that he has to “leave it there” and throw it back to the anchor.  That reinforces the lie, not so good.  One of the country’s most trustworthy journalists, Jon Stewart, calls it the “CNN leaves it there” problem, and speaks way smarter about it than me.

more to come…

0 thoughts on “Poynter conf on journalist ethics: let’s jump the gun

  1. How about this for a controversial claim, I think that journalism is actually getting better rather than drastically worse and that goes for Fox News as well.

    I think that the press has actually been this rotten for decades and its only now that we are becoming aware of the fact as we finally have access to the original sources they are reporting from and can spot the lies. Fox News is really not very different from the Sun.

    Back in 1992, I got involved in the Web because Rupert Murdoch was there boasting that he won the 1992 general election for the Tory party. Murdoch is not a British citizen, he is highly dishonest, why on earth should he decide who governs us?


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