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Ask the ethicist: Should CNN have hired Corey Lewandowski?

CNN drew a fair share of criticism — and some shrugs — when it announced Thursday the hiring of recently fired Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski as a political commentator. The pushback from journalists was twofold. First, Lewandowski was recorded on video manhandling Breitbart journalist Michelle Fields (he was arrested for battery; the charges … Read More
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Should the media get live cameras in the House? For C-SPAN, it's a battle long fought — and lost

The live image on C-SPAN wobbled late Thursday morning and lacked its normal clarity as Rep. Ben Lujan of New Mexico raised a distinctly rhetorical question on the U.S. House floor. "Why didn't C-SPAN turn the cameras on" when a Democratic sit-in protest over gun control legislation began nearly 24 hours earlier? The answer was simple: "It's not C-SPAN that … Read More
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Donald Trump: Punisher-in-chief?

"The all-but-confirmed standard-bearer of one of the United States’s two major political parties is actively stripping credentials from news organizations that report things that he deems unfair or inaccurate."

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New York Times editor: After Orlando shooting, don't editorialize on social media

Philip Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards at The New York Times, reminded the newsroom on Monday that, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, they shouldn't use their social media accounts to editorialize, promote their political views or take sides on controversial issues. Here's the memo, sent to the newsroom an hour ago: Colleagues: In the middle of … Read More
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Ask the Ethicist: When it comes to breaking news, should you admit you might be wrong?

NPR earned applause on Sunday when, in the midst of the chaos of the Orlando shooting, it made an unusual admission. In an unconventional editor's note at the bottom of a breaking news story, NPR admitted that it — and the rest of the media — sometimes report inaccurate information: This is a developing story. Some things that get reported … Read More
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Who wrote that op-ed? The New York Times isn’t sure.

"The New York Times has sparked an international incident by publishing an op-ed article under the byline of a foreign official who never agreed to it, according to his supporters."

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The media is on the edge of a Murrow moment

"Over the past week or so, today’s media seems to be having a bit of its own Murrow moment, directly confronting presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and his high-level supporters with charges of racism."

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Media calls the race for Clinton

They're counting superdelegates, which Bernie Sanders supporters say is misleading. "...Sure enough, The A.P., CNN and other outlets repeatedly included cautionary language in reports on Monday night. But to ignore the delegate math, they say, would be misleading and wrong."

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Ask the ethicist: Should BuzzFeed turn down ads for Donald Trump?

Earlier today, BuzzFeed announced that it turned down a $1.3 million deal with the Republican National Committee on the grounds that Donald Trump is "directly opposed to the freedoms of our employees in the United States." In a statement, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti cited Trump's proposed ban on international travel for Muslims, his anti-press rhetoric and disparaging remarks about … Read More
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Should the media band together to defend itself from Trump?

That the question put forth by Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan, who goes over the media's possible responses to Donald Trump's all-out assault. "We’ve never seen a candidate like Trump before. Like all the candidates, he needs to be held accountable."

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