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					      Chapter 1: Institutional
            Pressures
The cases in this chapter deal with the ethical
dilemmas of internal and external pressures in
             the business world.

  • How can a business influence news?
  • Is news reporting a business or a service?
  • What does the public have a right to know?
          Chapter 1 Cases
• Case 1: The New York Times Fires Jayson
  Blair
• Case 2: CNN in Baghdad
• Case 3: The Time Warner Colossus
• Case 4: NBC and GM’s Pickup
• Case 5: The Wichita Experiment
Case 1: The New York Times fires
          Jayson Blair

   • Facts– Empirical Definition
   • Values
   • Loyalties
   • Principles
Case 1: The New York Times fires
          Jayson Blair
• What does the Potter Box tell us about Blair, The New
York Times, and the scandal?
• Was Blair promoted too swiftly?
• When should supervisors step in and reprimand a
reporter?
• Jayson Blair created facts and quotes, thus destroying
reputations. Should this blatant disregard for ethical
journalism garner a six-figure book deal?
Case 2: CNN in Baghdad

• Facts– Empirical Definition
• Values
• Loyalties
• Principles
   Case 2: CNN in Baghdad

• What should CNN have done with its information about
the arrests, tortures and murders in Iraq?
• How could CNN have kept reporting if they had been
thrown out of the country?
• Is not reporting a story the same as lying?
  Case 3: The AOL Time
    Warner Colossus

• Facts– Empirical Definition
• Values
• Principles
• Loyalties
       The family tree of AOL Time Warner
              and subsidiary companies

      AOL         Time           Warner         Turner
                                 Brothers
America Online                           Cartoon Network
Internet provider Time magazine
                                 Austin Powers
                                                   TNT
              Sports Illustrated movie franchise
                                    Batman        CNN
         People Magazine        movie franchise
                               Matrix       MGM film library
 HBO/ HBO video           movie franchise
        Case 3: The AOL Time
          Warner Colossus
Covers of magazines owned by Time Warner devoted to
projects funded by Time Warner.
•Can a parent company give an unbiased opinion of things it
has produced?
•In what ways are these mergers beneficial? In what ways are
they harmful?
•When mergers of multibillion dollar companies sour, should
the government help financially?
     Case 5: The Wichita
        Experiment

• Facts – Empirical Definition
• Values
• Principles
• Loyalties
           • What are some examples where talking
           about an unpopular subject has bettered
           society?
           • Can a news source give patrons what they
           want without “dumbing down” the paper?

                            Aristole’s Golden Mean


Profit                                                Social responsibility
What the reader wants                                “spinach journalism”
Cheap, easy entertainment                             oblivious to reader



              • What would the balance of
              Aristotle's golden mean look like?

				
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