Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Does the Rhino Times' John Hammer owe someone an apology?

— Tell the story of the diversity and magnitude of the human experience boldly,
even when it is unpopular to do so.

"Before he/she decided on a career in politics,
he/she was an outspoken atheist.

— Examine their own cultural values and avoid imposing those values on others.

On a blog in 2005 he/she wrote, "I am atheist, always have been,
always will be."

It turns out "always" is not as long as some people think it is.

— Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, geography,
sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance or social status.

He/she did not want to answer the question about his/her atheism.

— Support the open exchange of views, even views they find repugnant.

He/she said it was personal and he believed in the separation of church and state.

However, he/she on his/her blog was the one who brought it up
and declared his/her atheism more than once.

He/she finally said that he/she was no longer an atheist but believed in a "higher power."

He/she describes his/her self as a paint contractor.

Analysis and commentary should be labeled and not misrepresent fact or context.

At a forum he/she said that he/she was a paint contractor,
but he/she still got out there slinging paint with the crew.

Ethical journalists treat sources,
subjects and colleagues as human beings deserving of respect.

It is a true statement because the crew consists of one part-time employee,
which means if he/she isn't out there slinging paint, often nobody is.

John Hammer

— Show compassion for those who may be affected adversely by news coverage.

Use special sensitivity when dealing with ...inexperienced sources or subjects.

— Recognize that gathering and reporting information
may cause harm or discomfort.

Pursuit of the news is not a license for arrogance.

— Show good taste. Avoid pandering to lurid curiosity.

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