October 17, 2008

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Show Summary: the ethics of undercover reporting

Keeping them Honest?

This election cycle has seen the proliferation of new organizations devoted to fact-checking, as well as new fact-checking desks at established media outlets. But has this increased scrutiny done anything to quell the untruths? The Politico's Daniel Libit says all these truth-squaders might drown ...

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La Otra Eleccion

When immigration issues brought millions of Latino protesters across the country into the streets in 2006, their signs read ‘Today We March – Tomorrow We Vote.’ That tomorrow is now and both presidential candidates are courting Latinos with Spanish-language outreach. Federico ...

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Reading Between the Lines

In an effort to answer the question What do undecided voters think?, CNN took a focus group of fence-sitters and measured their real-time reactions during the presidential debates. Wall Street Journal media reporter Sam Schechner says those squiggly lines at the bottom of your TV screen may be

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Cover Ups

Should reporters lie or misrepresent themselves in order to get an important story? Undercover reporting has long been an effective, exciting and, some would argue, necessary journalistic tool. But at a time when the public's trust in the press is waning, can journalists afford to lie? ...

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Prison Sentence

Journalist Ted Conover went undercover for nearly one year working as a prison guard at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in upstate New York. His work was praised and criticized. Conover says his time undercover was incredibly stressful, painfully isolating and ethically fraught but nonetheless it was necessary to ...

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Swearing the Truth

Fact-checkers have been diligently pointing out all the untruths from the campaigns this election cycle, but what can be done to prevent the candidates from lying in the first place? Bob proposes a measure to do just that. He calls it "The Oath."

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