By Matthew Kieran
Media Ethics brings jointly philosophers, teachers and media execs to discuss urgent moral and ethical questions for reporters and the media and to ascertain easy notions similar to fact, advantage, privateness, rights, offence, damage and freedom that are utilized in answering them.
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That there may be distinct emphases in news reports and analyses of events shows at most that news stories may legitimately speak to the distinct social concerns of different groups. The Rorty critique of objectivity is inherently flawed because it fails to allow for the possibility of misinterpreting an event (and thus precludes the possibility of much substantial media criticism). Objective contraints upon evaluation Conflicts in news reporting usually occur because there are differences in judgement as to what really constitutes a news story, how a story should best be covered and what the public ought to have their attention drawn to.
There is an analysis of the PCC Code in Andrew Belsey and Ruth Chadwick, ‘Ethics as a vehicle for media quality’, European 14 Andrew Belsey Journal of Communication 10 (1995), pp. 461–73. See also Nigel G. E. Harris, ‘Codes of conduct for journalists’, in Belsey and Chadwick, Ethical Issues in Journalism, pp. 62–76. ), Ethics and the Professions (Aldershot: Avebury, 1994). 11 This issue is discussed in Stephen Klaidman and Tom L. Beauchamp, The Virtuous Journalist (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987), esp.
Let us return to Rodwell’s photograph of the slogan ‘Time for Peace, Time to Go’. Pre-reflectively we might well ask why we should presume that just because the media have used it in a certain way that it is appropriate to do so. After all, if the slogan was intended to have a certain meaning, and was publicly understood to have that meaning in the relevant context, then surely to present it as if it had a different meaning is surely to misrepresent it. I remember reading, when I was younger, Bright Lights Big City, a novel by Jay McInerney about New York yuppies, literary sets and their cosmopolitan nightlife.