Stories for a Price

Friday, November 08, 2013

Transcript

When news outlets pay for exclusive access to a story it’s called 'checkbook journalism.' The Washington Post's Paul Farhi just reported about two recent cases of NBC News doing just that. Bob speaks with Farhi about the ethical problems raised by paying for news exclusives.

Guests:

Paul Farhi

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [2]

Monte Haun

"...nor you should be intentionally blind to how grossly unfair it is to expect a source to voluntarily give a story away while almost everyone else makes a buck from it."

Like Organ Donation!!! Furthermore, people ineligible for transplants are constantly pressured to Donate.

Monte Haun mchaun@hotmail.com

Nov. 10 2013 03:04 PM
miami-sid from South Miami

Warning: hypocrisy alert. Your story decries what is commonly called "checkbook journalism" and yet within the same story you note that there is money to be made by the media by capturing the story first or exclusively. The Society for Professional Journalist may have a strong rational argument for their ethics rules against paying the source of a story but the organization nor you should be intentionally blind to how grossly unfair it is to expect a source to voluntarily give a story away while almost everyone else makes a buck from it. If it smells of hypocrisy it is because it is.

Nov. 09 2013 09:01 AM

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