media ethics

media ethics


Journalism: Its About Truth and Integrity

journalism May 11th, 2018

It seems like every day we hear Donald Trump mock, deride, impugn, and belittle the news media as “fake” or sub-par. If I had to register my agreement or disagreement with that assessment, I would say I am 75% “calling bullshit” on him, and 25% in agreement. In this blog, I will share a few thoughts about the state, dignity, role, function, ethics, potential, and problems of modern newspapers, magazines, newszines, and television and cable news networks. Blogs I don’t know too much about so I will leave alone. In a word, I believe that journalism is marred by some tragic flaws, if you will, but has enough potential that we need to enliven, rehabilitate, and bolster it.

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Critical Thinking Should Lead to Wisdom

critical thinking May 1st, 2017

How can one use critical thinking to navigate all the websites, “fake news,” and wool the politicians wish to pull over our eyes? I was asked to view an article on vaccine safety from a website called The Vaccine Reaction. I tend to come down on the “mostly safe, very effective” side of the vaccine safety/utility debate, but not reflexively so. I want to believe that the government doesn’t do things that endanger the citizens, and for one primary reason: I have a fear of corporations and plutocracy and those who love money dearly, and government is a potential bulwark against that overweening power. What did I find when I read the article? What does it have to do with critical thinking, wisdom, and self-reliance?

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Media Ethics & and Role in Society (V&E 15)

media ethics is critical April 26th, 2017

The media play[s] an extremely important role in our society, and in this blog, Jason interviews two experts on media ethics. The overall goal is determining what the function of the media is and what ethical standards the media ought to be upholding. As the critical “Fourth Estate,” it has been remiss in prior decades (centuries?) in its duty, due in no small part to political influences and the awesome power of money. Interviewees are Dan Hallin, Ph.D., Professor of Communication at UC-San Diego. Fred Brown also joins Jason; he is the co-chairperson of the ethics committee of the Society for Professional Journalists (www.spj.org) and before that, he was at The Denver Post. It’s an engaging discussion.

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The Ethics and Function of the Media

April 10th, 2017

The media plays an extremely important role in our society, and on today’s show I am looking forward to my two guests assisting me in determining what the function of the media is and what ethical standards the media ought to be upholding. As the critical “Fourth Estate,” it has been remiss in prior decades

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