Friday, May 14, 2010

A breach of media ethics

A former Seattle news director can spin his side of the story anyway he wants. He's wrong.

More importantly, what his television station did was wrong. And his resignation combined with the firing of an assignment desk editor is appropriate.

There is no way to justify "holding the story" of Seattle police officers beating an innocent man for almost a month. The video (potential audio problem on this link) leaves little question what happened, though of course there is the need to offer full context to what took place.

The station that had employed the dismissed news director continues at this point to suggest its actions are defensible.

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