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"There's a case to be made that while the press has no constitutional duty to be fair, there is a societal obligation to do so. The press is like no other industry in American society. Its importance is acknowledged in the Constitution and its liberty is part of our nation's foundation. Doesn't the press have a duty to live up to its special role in our democracy?"

This short section of Robert  J. Haiman's Best Practices for Newspaper Journalists is really summed up best in the title of Greta's blog: With great power, comes great responsibility.

In America, it's unusual not to have a system of checks. The President can be checked by the legislative branch which can be checked by the judicial branch, but the press falls outside of this.

We can get in trouble for wrongful information that gets printed/spoken, but not for being unfair. I doubt a trial would/could successfully prosecute a journalist for taking unfair advantage when asking a child questions, filming scenes of distress, or invading a celebrities privacy.

But doing these things are not right morally. One of our main ideals is to be objective, which we wouldn't do if we only present negative media because it's more newsworthy or we present a scandal and invade the personal lives of the public because it's newsworthy.

I don't want to sound preachy, but catch my drift? (Tokyo Drift)

SO

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Josie Rush said:

Aja, it's really interesting how you point out that the press falls outside of the circle of checks and balances. That's definitely true, and I think it's for a reason. It would be very difficult for an outside source to "check" or "balance" articles without the act becoming censorship. Also, as we discussed in class, while it may be unlikely for a journalist to be successfully sued for taking advantage of a child, that person could still lose a lot of readers. Just because we're free from government interference doesn't mean we're free from the consequences, so in some ways, we do have a way to balance the press's power...It's just that the public has fallen into the bad habit of rewarding dispicable behavior by paying so much attention to it.

Aja Hannah said:

Yea, and those people even get reality shows or out of jail time.

I guess we do have some balance, but it's not in written law.

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