April 29, 2005 · Lessig
So here’s a genuine question about journalistic ethics that I’ve gotten different feedback about:
(2) that the report is factually and fundamentally wrong,
(3) that X complains to the reporter, and publication about the mistakes, but
(4) no correction follows,
(5) then the reporter asks to write an “in depth report” about X,
(6) and the publication authorizes it.
Given 1-4, is 5 or 6:
(d) bad business
My sense is at least (d): if the report is generous, it seems a way to make up; if the report is critical, it seems grudge journalism.