Saturday, July 24, 2010

Journalism Ethics

The world is ruled only by consideration of advantages

Friedrich von Schiller

Do the few who control the dissemination of most political information
enjoy relatively disproportionate levels of influence
than the many who don’t?

Can financial and/or political interests
negatively affect investigative journalism
by sheltering some from inhospitable exposure
while simultaneously disparaging opponents?

The partisan,
when engaged in a dispute,
cares nothing about the rights of the question,
but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.


Should news stories
conceal correlations between medium owner and/or or advertiser profit?

Is rising economic growth in the best interests of the news industry?

Statements by high officials are practically always misleading
when they are designed to bolster a falling market

Gerald M Loeb

Is there a correlation between behavior
and information consumption?

Is an untruth disseminated as true a lie
if the truth remains unfound through incuriosity?

That an opinion has been widely held
is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd

Bertrand Russell

If media companies know how much capital political candidates raise,
could profit be enhanced by targeting news coverage
to influence campaign advertising money flows?

Can thought be controlled by repeating positive messages,
while underreporting negative,and vice versa?

Men… think in herds,
it will be seen that they go mad in herds,
while they only recover their senses slowly…one by one.

Charles Mackay

Should centralized information outlets lose influence,
as more independent internet based sources proliferate?

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