Urbin Report

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Journalistic ethics

One Journalist covers his fellow reporters views on the subject:

...says he gets the same rush from breaking a news story that he did from snorting cocaine. To get coke, he lied, cheated and stole. To get his scoops, he has done much the same. As long as it isn't illegal, he told me, he'll do whatever it takes to get a story, especially to nail a corrupt politician or businessman. "A scoop is a scoop," he trumpets in his memoir. "Other journalists all whine about ethics, but that's a load of crap."

Where has this "journalist" with such a loose view of ethics worked? Not Fox News or the Washington Times, but "such big-time news organizations as the Los Angeles Times, Dow Jones Newswire and Salon."

The person writing the article is Joe Lauria, a freelance writer whose work appears in the Boston Globe, the Sunday Times of London and other publications. In this case, it is the Washington Post. He is writing about the left wing extremist fantasy writer, Jason Leopold.

HT to Rob at Say Anything.