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October 11, 2005

Chapter 7

The Elements of Journalism (Ch 6 to 8) -- News Writing (EL 227)

Chapter 7 of Elements of Journalism was very interesting to me. The story about Cody Shearer and Chris Matthews was appalling to me. I could not believe that "professional" such as Matthews would not research a story and allegations before broadcasting them on national television. Not only did he damage Shearer's reputation, he put his life and the lives of his family and friends in danger. The fact that he was completely unapologetic to Shearer when he confronted him was even more appalling. Not only is this appalling, but it is rude. When he finally did apologize on air to Shearer, he made no effort whatsoever to clarify the story and tell the true happenings of it. I honestly could not even believe this!

Posted by CheraPupi at October 11, 2005 7:23 PM


I foudn that story to be appaling also, but even journalists make mistakes. It is the code of journalism to do your research and be ethical but it seemd to me that it was just a mistake on Matthews part.

Posted by: Rachel Prichard at October 13, 2005 8:36 PM

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