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  •  My Father-in-law worked for the Rocky (2+ / 0-)
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    Glen The Plumber, LilithGardener

    Mountain News for over two decades.

    During that time, he never once put a political sign in his yard, or spoke about politics to his friends or interviewees.  He felt strongly that, as a journalist, it was his responsibility to maintain his impartiality.

    The Society of Professional Journalists has this to say:

    Journalists should be free of obligation to any interest other than the public's right to know.

    Journalists should:

    —Avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
    — Remain free of associations and activities that may compromise integrity or damage credibility.
    Refuse gifts, favors, fees, free travel and special treatment, and shun secondary employment, political involvement, public office and service in community organizations if they compromise journalistic integrity.
    — Disclose unavoidable conflicts.
    — Be vigilant and courageous about holding those with power accountable.
    — Deny favored treatment to advertisers and special interests and resist their pressure to influence news coverage.
    — Be wary of sources offering information for favors or money; avoid bidding for news.

    Too bad journalists don't have a disciplinary committee to police ethical violations.  (Finally, attorneys win one!)

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