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Palin's Wardrobe

The jaw-droppingly biased national media, news commentators who should know better, and too many dim-witted op-ed page letter-writers thoroughly disgraced themselves with their elevation of Sarah Palin’s campaign wardrobe budget into an ethics “scandal,” when it did not even deserve to be an issue.

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Ifill’s Vanishing Conflict of Interest

Because PBS commentator Gwen Ifill managed to serve as the moderator for the Vice-Presidential debates without any obvious bias surfacing, the controversy over her blatant, tardily disclosed, and serious conflict of interest has vanished without a trace. It shouldn’t. What Ifill did, the fact that she and of many of her fellow journalists dismissed it, and the ethically ignorant way her misconduct was analyzed is both instructive and cause for alarm. The Scoreboard has long suspected that journalistic ethics had deteriorated from aspirational to self-serving to mythical. That suspicion, thanks to the Ifill episode, is nearing conviction.

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Two Professions, Two Ethical Standards

Television and show business, you see, have no code of ethics; nor does journalism, really.

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When Corrections Aren't Enough

Corrections are fine, but when a newspaper publishes an article that is almost 25% incorrect, inaccurate and out-of-date, they are also insufficient to erase the stain of what is a spectacular demonstration of unethical levels of carelessness, sloppiness, and disregard for the facts.

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10/26/2008

Palin's Wardrobe

10/8/2008

Two Professions, Two Ethical Standards

10/8/2008

Ifill’s Vanishing Conflict of Interest

8/12/2008

The Worst Excuse of All

8/8/2008

The John Edwards Sex Scandal and Media Bias

4/29/2008

When Corrections Aren't Enough

4/20/2008

George Stephanopoulos, Sen. Clinton, and the Permanent Conflict of Interest

2/24/2008

Integrity, the Swimsuit Issue, and the McCain Fiasco

2/14/2008

Analysis of an Ethics Mess: The MSNBC "Pimped Out" Chelsea Controversy

2/9/2008

Conservative Talk Radio Unmasked: the McCain Vendetta

2/4/2008

Race Bully Ethics: Of Golf, the Media and Cowardice

1/9/2008

Clemens, Wallace and CBS

10/2/2007

Get O'Reilly: Race-Baiting and Distortions from MediaMatters

9/20/2007

This Just In: Hiding Bias isn't Ethical

8/14/2007

Another Train Wreck at The New Republic

7/17/2007

L.A. Love Story: the Mayor and the Reporter

5/31/2007

Call Them Irresponsible: Anti-"snitch" Support in the News Media

5/7/2007

List Ethics and Time Magazine

4/24/2007

The Unethical Humiliation of Alec Baldwin

11/26/2006

Television News: Making Us Stupid and Cheating the Dead

11/20/2006

The Ethics of O.J. Simpson's Book

11/19/2006

Matt Lauer and the Medium

10/23/2006

Forced Stardom, Free Will and the Crocodile Hunter's Daughter

9/9/2006

Why Reporters Must Reveal Illegal Leakers

8/28/2006

Jack Cafferty and the Definition of Lying

8/10/2006

Unethical Website Designation Withdrawn

7/26/2006

On Ann Coulter's "Plagiarism"

7/17/2006

The New York Times, Aiding and Abetting

7/3/2006

Respect, Credibility and Congressman Murtha

5/18/2006

The Media's NSA Misrepresentations

5/5/2006

Ethics Be Damned: Dateline vs Network

5/3/2006

Comedy Central and the Activating Virtue

3/27/2006

Headline Deceit

2/13/2006

Journalistic Integrity and the Danish Cartoons

2/8/2006

The Media's Duty to Disclose Bias

2/5/2006

Nightline's Unjust Attack on the Justice

1/30/2006

The Press, Violating the Public's Right Not to Know

1/11/2006

The Bible: Legitimate Source But No Excuse

12/29/2005

The NewsMax Christmas Smear

11/8/2005

Mary Mapes: Portrait of Media Bias

10/11/2005

Heroic Lies

9/12/2005

The Columnist & the Suicide Tape

9/7/2005

Katrina Ethics: A New Low for TV Journalism:

8/31/2005

The Will Standard

7/13/2005

Double Standard for "The Truth about Hillary"

5/16/2005

Newsweek's Killer Story

4/20/2005

Ethics Dunce, Reconsidered and Revoked: C-Span

3/30/2005

Scoreboard's Shameful Confession

2/5/2005

Columnist Ethics

1/16/2005

The Armstrong Williams Affair

1/2/2005

Scoreboard Banishes Wonkette

12/19/04

Journalism, Part 2: Protecting Sources

12/13/04

Question in Kuwait

10/27/04

More Random Journalistic Ethics at CBS

10/25/04

Random Journalistic Ethics

10/6/04

The Letter

10/5/04

When Lies Don't Matter

9/19/04

Lessons from 60 Minutes

7/30/04

Hiding Bias Behind Ethics Rules

7/28/04

Lessons from the Hendra Affair

7/23/04

Ronstadt, Part 2

6/21/04

Figure Fraud Epidemic

5/4/04

Warner Brothers Network (May 2004 Trivial Liar)

5/4/04

Drudge's Disgrace

4/30/04

Protecting the Victimizer

4/23/04

Death at McDonald's

4/11/04

The Press and Tyco

3/23/04

CBS Conflict

3/16/04

Cheap Shot from the Journal

2/13/04
Rumor Games
2/13/04
Novak's Ethics
2/11/04
Scream Frenzy
2/04
Jayson Blair (February 2004 Ethics Dunce)
1/04

Fox Network (January 2004 Ethics Dunce)

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