We wish ethics questions in blogging could exist in a vacuum. “Is it OK to keep a source secret?” “Is it OK to publish business secrets? State secrets? Personal secrets?” “Is it ethical to take money for a blog post?” All of these questions would be easier to answer if we didn't have to answer the primary question in modern blogging: “Is this going to get me sued?”
Libel and Slander
Blogs are journalistic endeavors—but they aren't. You are free to write what you want, but you must always understand that you have neither the might of an organization or the law behind you. In one recent example, a blogger named John “Johnny Northside” Hoff wrote a blog post about mortgage fraud involving Jerry Moore ...