Just one for this week – ethics. Morals. Slippery slopes and trying to do the right thing.
Check out the post right below this one – Staging. It ain’t right. (I use poor grammar to emphasize the point.)
This week think about what keeps citizens in line – why (most) folks steer clear of law-breaking. Should you break the law and speed? How about if you have a critically ill person who needs to get to medical care immediately? It is wrong to lie – but sometimes “white lies” are okay, even a good thing. Or are they? Does a lie ever justify itself?
I bring this up because if it were not for Record photographer Clifford Oto in the posting below, a very minor, not a big-deal type of lie would have gone unnoticed. And a couple of journalists who might have had a teensy qualm about staging an event would see that it wasn’t caught and perhaps move on to bigger lies.
So consider this – does the minor lie of staging a single hug – just asking the participants to do it again, “this time for the camera,” really help the audience connect to and understand the story better?
Story idea: does the media do a good job of policing itself in your area? Is it done formally or informally? Does the public every find out?
Truth is, I’ve only “ratted out” a few folks for going over the line I’ve drawn in the sand for myself. And I honest-to-gosh hope that if I cross that line myself someone either speaks to me or turns me over to the boss.
Why bother with this? Transparency. What the public doesn’t know CAN hurt them. Trust in the media seems to be at an all-time low these days and incidents like this are used to justify that distrust.
And the final question: would YOU turn in a friend, a co-worker, someone from the competition if THEY crossed the line? Hmmmm…