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OMBUDSMEN SLAM ESPN’S PENN STATE COVERAGE

November 11, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

The Florida journalism school The Poynter Institute, which partnered with ESPN to act as an ombudsman of ESPN’s sports news coverage, has excoriated the cable sports network for its failure “to ask tough questions and shed light” on the scandal involving Penn State’s football defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky, athletic director Tim Curley, university vice president […]

JOURNALISM PROFS SCORE TV PAYMENTS FOR INTERVIEWS

June 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Following the acknowledgement by Chris Cuomo, co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 that he paid $15,000 for Meagan Broussard’s sexting exchanges with New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, members of the faculty at Florida’s Poynter Institute have warned about the growing practice of checkbook journalism. Al Tompkins, who heads the broadcast faculty at the journalism institute, has warned […]

ABC’S CUOMO DEFENDS CHECKBOOK JOURNALISM

June 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The ethics of paying sources for stories came under renewed scrutiny over the weekend when 20/20 co-anchor Chris Cuomo confirmed that he had arranged for Meagan Broussard to receive $15,000 ostensibly for photos that were used in his exclusive interview with her about her relationship with Congressman Anthony Weiner. Interviewed by Howard Kurtz on CNN’s […]

CABLE NEWS CHANNELS MORE POPULAR ONLINE THAN NEWSPAPERS

May 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The websites of each of the major cable news channels draw more traffic than those of any newspaper — with CNN topping the field, National Public Radio (NPR) media correspondent David Folkenflik observed on Tuesday. CNN.com averages 8.5 million unique U.S. visitors each day, Folkenflik noted, citing figures from audience measurement company ComScore. MSNBC.com was […]

CASEY ANTHONY: TRIAL BY TV?

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Legal analysts have raised ethical questions about a CBS 48 Hours Mystery report Saturday about the upcoming murder trial in Orlando of Casey Anthony, who is charged with murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee. Appearing on the Sunday-morning program Flashpoint, which airs on the CBS affiliate WKMG-TV, the station’s legal analyst Mark O’Mara criticized the program’s […]