As a student journalist I was taught by my professors to be objective when I cover the news, or write a perspective piece.
There a certain guidelines I was taught that should not be crossed; one was endorsing a political candidate, for which MSNBC Anchor Keith Oblermann was suspended briefly without pay; and one wonders had a lesser known journalist would have been caught with the same infraction if the network would have been as less sever, or more so is now mere speculation.
Oblermann’s statement during his return does raise interestion dilemnas in today’s mass media world, after all it seems that objectivity has given away pundits, shouting matches and hosts who do not shy away from their political beliefs, but does that mean that standard ethics need nolonger apply, and entertainment over covering straight content seems the ever more prevelent; even in print media.
However, like all professions there are standard lines of ethics that should not be crossed. In professional sports such as Major League Baseball that means no betting on games for those who participate in the sport.
Is it possible for a journalist to donate to poltical candidates and not be seen as an example of media bias for which both the Right and Left claim?
Could a journalist or anchor donate to a candidate and still remain objective?
These were the questions that where raised this past week.