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Fair, foul or fuss?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by PaperClip529, Jul 25, 2020.

  1. PaperClip529

    PaperClip529 Active Member

    Short version of the story: Bergen Record statehouse reporter has been asking the governor about the coronavirus rules that regulate indoor seating at restaurants. His stories do not include any disclaimers about his wife owning a local restaurant that he occasionally works at. Rival publication argues that this is a breach of ethics since the shutdown of indoor seating is hurting the reporter's bank account.

    Fair? Foul? Or is the New Jersey Globe just fussin'?

    Gannett reporter faces ethics questions after repeated asks of N.J. governor about indoor dining - New Jersey Globe
  2. tapintoamerica

    tapintoamerica Well-Known Member

    Totally fair to question this. Textbook conflict of interest.
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  3. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member

    There is a conflict of interest, but I think it's also a topic that a lot of people are probably interested in. Some disclosure is probably warranted at some point along the way, but if the questions aren't out of line and serve a wider interest then it doesn't rise to the level of a scandal, to me at least.
    JimmyHoward33 likes this.
  4. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    "None of Racioppi’s questions were out of line or off topic. From any other reporter, it would clearly have gone unnoticed."
  5. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Total conflict of interest.
  6. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

    Some other reporter should be asking those questions.
  7. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    Not an ideal situation. It would be better if someone else would be asking.

    At the same time indoor dining is absolutely one of the biggest issues anywhere this is an outbreak so someone needs to ask.
  8. Alma

    Alma Well-Known Member

    If that’s the only 3 questions that were asked we’re worried about the wrong things.

    Should a reporter have to declare how many family members have a lot of school debt before asking questions about school debt forgiveness? Or whether reporters have children when they ask questions about kids going back to school?
  9. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Oh FFS.

    The reporter is married to a small business owner -- and he's on the damn payroll. Come on.

    No one else on this board will say this: You're smarter than this.
  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Well-Known Member

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  11. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Well. yeah. Still ...
  12. Danwriter

    Danwriter Member

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