Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Carl Cameron, media ethicist

Interesting to note the introduction to the now-rather-famous video in which Fox News figures out that the gamblers in the back of Rick's are actually gambling Sarah Palin apparently thought Africa was a country, not a continent:

Smith: Now that the election is over, Carl, tell us more about all those reports of infighting between McCain and Palin staffers

Cameron: Well, I wish I could have told you back at the time, but all of it was put off the record until after the election. There was great concern in the McCain campaign that Sarah Palin lacked the degree of knowledgeability necessary to be a running mate, a vice president, a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Just to recap, then: If you acquire some information by agreeing to conditions that limit your public release of it, you're obliged to stick to those conditions, even if it's potentially relevant to the election and somebody at Fox News thinks you ought to spill all at once? Thanks for clearing that up, Shep and Carl!


Anonymous Andy Bechtel said...

Thank you. Now at least two of us have made this connection.

12:47 PM, November 06, 2008  
Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Oh, pshaw. The two cases are nothing alike. Nothing. Really.

2:06 PM, November 06, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

Really makes one long for the syllabus from that ethics class at Idaho, dunnit?

Andy, where are you guys in the semester? Alas, one of my sections just finished Ethics Week yesterday...

3:22 PM, November 06, 2008  
Anonymous Andy Bechtel said...

We're in the home stretch already. Our most recent class meetings had an online focus: Web headlines and slideshows.

The former topic had an ethical component. Should we use "gay marriage" in our headline for SEO reasons even if our stylebook says to use "same-sex marriage"? The students thought it was OK to bend the rules.

4:40 PM, November 06, 2008  
Blogger fev said...

Mind if I borrow that one? We usually do an essay about style and another about ethics, and it'd be fun to have one that brought 'em both together.

9:36 PM, November 07, 2008  
Anonymous Andy Bechtel said...

Not a problem. It's torn from today's Web headlines -- actually the LAT headline from May. But close enough.

8:47 PM, November 09, 2008  
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