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Fox News outs Bin Laden raid author

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Dick Whitman, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    That sure didn't take long.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/23/author-bin-laden-raid-insider-account-idd-could-face-legal-trouble/
     
  2. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member


    Illiberal media!
     
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    I have lots of thoughts but refuse to comment on what I would view as a cheaply veiled attempt to start a political thread.
     
  4. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Good point boom. Forgot where I was for a second.
     
  5. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Nah. There's a reason I posted this on the journalism board. I think the question is journalistic, not political: Do you endanger someone by outing them? My answer is probably, in these circumstances, absolutely you do.
     
  6. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    The guy is writing a book, right? For profit? He's kind of volunteering not to be protected.

    You could make a similar argument that nobody should have told where Henry Hill was after Goodfellas came out.
     
  7. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's how I see it, too.
     
  8. Azrael

    Azrael Active Member

    Contra: since when are authors not allowed to use a pseudonym?
     
  9. Giggity

    Giggity Member

    So they out that guy, then, three sentences later, they go with:

    One Navy SEAL told Fox News, "How do we tell our guys to stay quiet when this guy won't?" Other SEALs are expressing anger, with some going so far as to call him a "traitor."
     
  10. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    They're allowed to. And, when the name of the author is newsworthy, the news media is ethically within its rights, if not obligated, to pursue said author's name and background.
     
  11. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    In the end it's political. It would be a really interesting topic to discuss but again way too political.
     
  12. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Where's the incongruity?
     
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