Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Shining a light

Glenn Greenwald,
"A key purpose of journalism is to provide an adversarial check on those who wield the greatest power by shining a light on what they do in the dark, and informing the public about those acts."
A BC political journalist,
"For sums paid to my agents at the National Speakers Bureau, you can engage my undivided attention and I will shine a light for you, enabling your organization to deal successfully with those who wield the greatest power. I won’t inform the public about acts done in the dark."
From the Code of Ethics of the 106-year-old Society of Professional Journalists:
Journalists should:
  • Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived. Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
  • Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.
  • Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; do not pay for access to news. Identify content provided by outside sources, whether paid or not.
  • Deny favored treatment to advertisers, donors or any other special interests, and resist internal and external pressure to influence coverage.
  • Explain ethical choices and processes to audiences. Encourage a civil dialogue with the public about journalistic practices, coverage and news content.
  • Respond quickly to questions about accuracy, clarity and fairness.
An example of "civil dialogue" by BC journalists:

An old favourite here: Still ROTFL.

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  1. Timely post. I just returned from the post office with a receipt for a registered letter to the publisher and CEO of the Globe and Mail. His organization is most certainly not living up to the Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists, and my interactions with him and his public editor lead me to believe there’s only one flashlight available at the Globe and he’s got it locked away in his desk drawer.

    1. Lew, when your correspondence is complete and the Globe and Mail has revealed to you its ethical choices and processes, you're welcome to share the entire civil dialogue about journalistic practices here at Northern Insight.

    2. Thank you Norm. I'll do that.

  2. I, for one, look forward to reading about Lew's excellent adventure in civility.


  3. Truth...perception and the ethical interpretation thereof. For those engaged in the "propping up" of their political and corporate masters, a great dilemma, the reconciliation of the real truth, is totally opposed to the "truths" of their masters.
    Ethics are for those that have a conscience, integrity and a working,"social filter". Sociopaths, do not, or perhaps choose not to, at "appropriate moments".

  4. it is all about the money. some of these "reporters/journalists" whatever you wish to call them, have started to believe their own press and think they are important. It all about the money. Each of them ought to have a look at how the federal Cons treated Duffy, before they keep throwing in with their corporate/political bosses. Journalistic integrity? where, where, where.......

  5. "A BC political journalist,"
    Conjures up the ol' fingernail on a chalkboard sensation, but even more irksome - the arrogance in the face of the questionable journalistic integrity.



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