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Broadcast News Writing, Reporting, and Producing, 4th Edition by Ted White

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20  Ethics

This chapter and Chapter 21 focus on the important and complex issue of ethics, one of the cornerstones of good journalism. You have read earlier about some of the other cornerstones of journalism: accuracy, fairness, and objectivity and all of these characteristics are also among the major ethical requirements for those who practice good journalism. Since the last edition of this book was published, there has been a growing debate over whether the media has compromised its objectivity by becoming too liberal.

Objectivity: Does the Media Have a Bias?

The debate heated up when a former CBS News correspondent, Bernard Goldberg, wrote a best-selling book titled Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News. The title contains ...

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